Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.
- Social Sciences
- The Arts
- Health and Physical Education
- Māhuri | Sapling
- Rākau | Tree
- Complex morphemes
- Syllable types
- Vowel digraphs
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Dances of Sāmoa
by Toleafoa Avauli Peter Setefano
This article describes three well-known dance forms from Sāmoa. The article is accompanied by colourful, high-energy photos of students from a Porirua primary school performing the slap dance and the sāsā. The article features some of the history of the dances and it also provides opportunities for an in-depth exploration of the relationship between the heroes of the dances and the stories that each dance tells.
Letter to Samoa
When dinner at Lani’s house reminds her of her tinā matua, she remembers what happened when she visited Samoa.
Focus sounds: -er
Target decodable words: dinner, summer, over, letter, under, butter, her
New high utility words: write(s), coconut, last, weave, bird, Tinā Matua
White Sunday in Sāmoa
by Sarona Aiono-Iosefa
photographs by Jill MacGregor
This factual recount describes how a young Sāmoan boy, with the support of his family, gets ready to celebrate White Sunday. There is a glossary of Sāmoan terms and extra information about White Sunday at the end of the book. This book is also available in five Pasifika languages in the Tupu series.
The Hungry Wave
by Lani Wendt Young
This narrative is based on factual accounts from survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Tonga and Sāmoa in 2009. Readers follow Ana and her brother as they are caught up in the tsunami.
The White Truck
based on a true story by Lani Wendt Young
“The White Truck” recounts the removal and isolation of a leprosy patient in Sāmoa. The story expertly engages the reader by providing clues without explicitly stating what the issue is. Students will connect with Timu and Moana and feel empathy as the events unfold.
Tuto'atasi The Struggle for Samoa's Independence
by Damon Salesa
The people of Sāmoa celebrated fifty years of independence in 2012. This article tells the complex story of colonisation and decolonisation that saw Sāmoa controlled by Germany, and then New Zealand, before finally securing self-rule. The former rulers enforced unpopular laws and punished dissent harshly. In addition, thousands of Samoans died of influenza as a result of poor quarantine practices under New Zealand’s rule.
by Victor Rodger, illustrations by Michel Mulipola
Lamb’s brother and sister are relying on him to perform with them in the church talent quest. But the only final Lamb cares about is the final match of the season for Manu Sāmoa. Unfortunately, the two events clash. In this humorous story, Lamb learns a lesson about the importance of being responsible and following through on commitments – and being truthful.
by Jane Davitt Va‘afusuaga
“Uncle Tino” is a deceptively simple story about Samoan twins, Jessie and Jonas, who are embarrassed by their exuberant uncle who has recently arrived from Sāmoa. The lively story is woven through with Samoan concepts and values as Jessie and Jonas gradually change their attitudes toward Uncle Tino. The story reinforces the idea that cultural knowledge and skills are “cool” and worthy of respect.
by Tusiata Avia
Tusiata Avia writes from the child’s perspective as the narrator’s mother receives a tuālima (a tattoo on the back of the hand). Arranged chronologically, the author details particulars of the ceremony, sometimes using gagana Sāmoa terms, and sharing the attention equally between what’s happening and the emotions felt.