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The New Zealand Curiculum Online - Success for boys.

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Success for boys is a subsection of New Zealand Curiculum Online.

Teaching and learning resources

Teaching and learning resources designed specifically to support Success for Boys.

Game of Awesome

A resource aimed at engaging boys and inspiring them to write. It has been developed for boys in years 5 to 8, using boys of that age to create the material. Its main purpose is to kick-start boys’ engagement with writing and be part of a range of tools teachers use to reduce the number of students who are disengaged or not achieving to their potential in writing. The cards contain topics, themes and ideas that boys in years 5 to 8 will enjoy, find interesting and engaging. The cards help boys generate ideas quickly and then can be used to plan, refine, reorganise and reflect on story ideas in a tactile and visual way.

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Story Starters

Story Starters is a video resource aimed at engaging boys and inspiring them to write. It has been developed for boys in years 5 to 8, using boys of that age to help create the material. Its main purpose is to kick-start boys’ engagement with writing and be part of a range of tools teachers use to reduce the number of boys who are disengaged or not achieving to their potential in writing.

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48 hour SLAMs and inspiring creative writing

In 2014, the Ministry of Education piloted an innovative learning programme for boys identified as having problems engaging with traditional education methods. The pilot involved using the 48HR SLAM programme to develop innovative resources and a parallel enquiry process, with the goal of finding new ways to lift boys’ achievement and success. A comprehensive enquiry process was undertaken to ensure the learning was captured for sharing with other teachers and schools. 

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Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are a genre of literature that present their narrative primarily through pictures, and are an ideal way of encouraging reluctant readers to engage with a detailed extended text.

Arohanui: Revenge of the FeyThis resource is part of the graphic novel series The Matawehi Fables. It tells the magical tale of two iwi: one thriving, the other starving and desolate, forced to enter in to a bargain to secure survival and a future for their people. The teacher notes are designed to help teachers use the graphic novel to engage learners and help them develop their skills across all areas of literacy.

Meariki: The Quest for Truth - Meariki is a slave to the people of Ngāi Kūwai. When the daughter of the chief is kidnapped, Meariki is sent on a quest to rescue her. Along the way she meets some interesting characters. Ultimately Meariki discovers her true destiny.

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