Migrants and Movement Reading and NZ History Unit

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Explore the groups of people who have moved to, and around New Zealand through this Migrant and Movement unit. In this Migration and Movement Unit, students will explore this topic through a range of School Journal texts, guided by three big questions.

By exploring this topic across a range of articles and stories, students gain a broader picture and context. This gives them a greater depth of knowledge to be able to answer the big question or questions – the comprehension skill of synthesising.

Passages from NZ School Journals are included for a range of ability levels so this resource can work with Year 5 to Year 8. You can choose the texts that are included as a part of the unit – anywhere from 1-19. Both a paper-based and digital option are included so you can use this in the way that suits you best – great for distance learning.

Curriculum links: This links well with the new Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum: Culture and Identity – The stories of groups of people from different periods in our history convey their reasons and experiences of migration.

Our Migration and Movement Unit includes the following resources:

1. Migration and Movement Reading Comprehension Activities:

  • 19 texts – from Level 2-4 School Journals and NZ School Journal Story Library books. 
    • Choie Sew Hoy: Otago Pioneer: School Journal Level 2, May 2021
    • The Polish Refugee Children: School Journal Level 2, November 2016
    • The Story of the Ventnor: School Journal Level 3, May 2021
    • Fly Me Up, School Journal Level 3 November 2018
    • The Long Pause: School Journal Level 3, Connected, 2019
    • Tupaia – Master Navigator: School Journal Level 3, August 2019
    • Bright Fine Gold: School Journal Level 3, May 2015
    • All As One: School Journal Level 3, November 2020
    • Bok Choy: School Journal Level 3, May 2015
    • New New Zealanders: School Journal Level 3, November 2017
    • Alvin and Me: School Journal Level 3, May 2017
    • My Name is Rez: School Journal Level 3, November 2017
    • Explorers of the Sunrise School Journal Story Library
    • Once a Panther School Journal Story Library
    • Home Stories from New New Zealanders School Journal Story Library
    • Chinese New Zealanders Level 4, November 2019 
    • Rise Up – The Story of the Dawn Raids and the Polynesian Panthers: School Journal Level 4, November 2018
    • Kei te Tāone Nui: Māori and the City (1945-1970): School Journal Level 4, May 2021
    • Brave Flower: School Journal Level 4, November 2018

2. Migration and Movement Digital Reading Comprehension Activities.
  • Use these digital interactive activities with Google Slides or Microsoft One Drive.
3. A synthesising chart for students to reflect on their learning after completing each text and its activities
4. ‘Show What You Know’ activities for students to use to present their synthesised knowledge. This is students opportunity to answer the three big questions.
5. Gamification tools where students collect passport stamps for their passport as they complete sets of activities.
6. Display materials including a title poster, large question posters, passport stamps, and movement and migration images.
7. A full set of answers
Please note:
  • The Apply section of this resource uses QR codes. You will need access to a digital device e.g. tablet, iPad, or phone that can scan QR codes (there are many free apps you can use). You will also need to have access to Youtube for many of the digital weblinks.
  • You can also access these web links using the Google Slides version of this resource, which is included.

Aotearoa New Zealand Curriculum Links:
Year 4-6: Whakapapa me te whanaungatanga | Culture and identity
  • The stories of groups of people from different periods in our history convey their reasons for and experiences of migration. These stories have shaped their culture and identity in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • What stories do different groups of people tell about their experiences of migration? When did they come, who did they come with, and why did they come? How did these stories shape who they are now?
Year 4-6: Tino rangatiratanga me te kāwanatanga | Government and organisation
  • Governments have selectively supported or excluded people through processes associated with voting rights, access to education, health, and welfare provision, reflecting prevailing public attitudes of the time. Often equitable treatment has been sought by people, including Māori, Chinese, women, children, and disabled people.
Year 7-8: Whakapapa me te whanaungatanga | Culture and identity
  • Over time people from a wide range of cultures have participated in and contributed to Aotearoa New Zealand, while retaining and adapting their distinctive identities. The histories of Chinese, Indian, and other Asian communities, Pacific communities, refugee and faith-based communities, disability communities, and the Deaf community demonstrate how this has been experienced.
  • Some have met barriers. Advocating for the right to citizenship and respect for difference has contributed to the development of a more diverse nation.

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