Years 7 & 8

TUESDAY 25 July 2017

Registration has closed now for #NZreadaloud9SoL.

Thanks to all the teachers who are joining us in Term 3. Your team leader will be in contact with you by the end of this week or early next week.

Hope you enjoy your connected literacy experience.

Chapter Breakdown

Week 1 (7 – 11 August) Chapters 1 & 2  (41 pages)

Week 2 (14 – 18 August) Chapters 3 & 4  (35 pages)

Week 3 (21 – 25 August) Chapters 5 & 6 (28 pages)

Week 4 (28 – 1 September) Chapters 7 & 8 (32 pages)

Week 5 (4 – 8 September) Chapter 9 ( 24 pages)

Week 6 (11 – 15 September) Chapters 10 & 11 (25 pages)

The book choice for Term 3 is ‘Speed of Light’ by Joy Cowley.THURSDAY 13 JULY 2017

I will add the chapter breakdown over the next few days:)

Gecko Press have produced some book notes you can access here.

You can read a review here.

You can order this book from Gecko Press here.



Thank you for registering for #NZreadaloud8. Registration is now closed.


Here is the book choice for Term 2:

Too Many Secrets by Adele Broadbent.

“Becs is a sassy 12-year-old drama queen who strikes a bargain with her mother. She’ll spend a few months away from home while her new step-family renovates an elegant old house in the country. When it’s sold, some of the money will pay her fees at the same private school that all her friends will be attending. But as usual, she hasn’t listened properly. they aren’t going to live in the old mansion – they’ll be in a shack in the bush, with long drops and eight-legged wildlife. Becs is not impressed and makes sure everyone knows it, that is until she discovers a secret that will change her life. What follows is an intriguing, funny, sad and utterly believable story about friendship, while uncovering a tragic secret that’s been hidden for far too long.”

#NZreadaloud8TMS will start in Week 3 of Term 2 and will run for 6 weeks.

These dates are: Monday 15th May – Friday 23rd June.

Here is the Chapter breakdown:

Week 1 (15 – 19 May): Chapter 1 – 10 (33 pages)

Week 2 (22 – 26 May): Chapter 11 – 25 (30 pages)

Week 3 (29 – 2 June): Chapter 26 – 43 (34 pages)

Week 4 (5 – 9 June): Chapter 44 – 63 (31 pages)

Week 5 (12 – 16 June): Chapter 64 – 78 (30 pages)

Week 6 (19 – 23 June): Chapter 79 – end ( 30 pages)




Google Form is closed folks!

Thankyou to EVERYONE who has registered for #NZreadaloud7 – there are 90 classes at the final check!


You will be contacted by your team leader over the next week. Your job till then is to get on Edmodo with your class so you are ready to rock ‘n’ roll:)


Welcome to #NZreadaloud7

I have selected “An Unexpected Hero” by L.P.Hansen for our first read aloud of 2017.

An easy to read story which I think is perfect for the beginning of the year. It has themes of city / country, friendship, family, bullying, standing up for what you believe in, determination … loads of great stuff for discussion especially at the beginning of the year. It also has potential for student inquiry into heros, war time, pacifism, bullying, ‘conscientious objection’ (International Conscientious Objection Day 15th may every year), making speeches and more.


#NZreadaloud7 will run from Week 4 (20-24 February) through to Week 9 27-31 March) of Term 1.

Week 1 – Chapters 1 and 2 (32 pages)

Week 2 – Chapters 3 and 4 (21 pages)

Week 3 – Chapters 5 and 6 (20 pages)

Week 4 – Chapters 7 and 8 (29 pages)

Week 5 – Chapters 9, 10 and 11 (25 pages)

Week 6 – Chapter 12 (12 pages) and final collaborative activities

WEDNESDAY 27th July 2016

Time is up!

I am now in the process of putting the teams together for a Week 3 start.

Thank you to all the teachers who have registered.

I will be in touch SOON!

FRIDAY 15th July 2016

The book for #NZreadaloud6 is

The Ghosts of Tarawera bu Sue Copsey.

You can go here to read about Sue and her work as an author.

If you would like to connect with Sue via Twitter, her handle is @suecopsey 

We will start Week 3 of Term – Monday 8th August – and run through to Week 8 – Friday 16th September.

CHAPTER BREAKDOWN will go like this:

Week 1: Chapters 1 – 3 (46 pages)

Week 2: Chapters 4 – 7 (38 pages)

Week 3: Chapters 8 – 11 (42 pages)

Week 4: Chapters 12 – 14 (33 pages)

Week 5: Chapters 15 – 17 (36 pages)

Week 6: Chapters 18 – end (41 pages)


SUNDAY 8th May 2016

Registrations have closed now for #NZreadaloud5.

Thanks to teachers who are returning for more and welcome to all the teachers who are giving this a go for the first time:)

We hope you enjoy ‘connected literacy’ as much as we do!

TUESDAY 19th April 2016

The book which has been selected for Term 2 which will be #NZreadaloud5 is

Phantom of Terawhiti by Des Hunt.

“An action-packed adventure story from master storyteller Des Hunt. It’s the school holidays and Zac thinks he might go crazy with boredom. He’s living in exile with his disgraced father on the remote Terawhiti Station on Wellington’s wild southwest coast. Then Zac and his dad witness a boat sink during a storm….”

Our Twitter hashtag will be #NZreadaloud5PoT


Chapter breakdown will be up by Friday 29th April.

#NZreadaloud5 will run from Monday 16th May for 6 weeks finishing Friday 24th June. This is Week 3 – Week 8 of Term.

The Chapter breakdown goes like this:

Week 1 (Monday 16th May) Chapters 1 – 4 (38 pages)

Week 2 (Monday 23rd May) Chapters 5 – 9 (39 pages)

Week 3 (Monday 30th May) Chapters 10 – 15 (49 pages)

Week 4 (Monday 6th June) Chapters 16 – 21 (42 pages)

Week 5 (Monday 13th June) Chapters 22 – 26 (44 pages)

Week 6 (20th June) Chapters 27 – 33 (39 pages)


FRIDAY 5th February

WOW… thank you to everyone who have signed up for #NZreadaloud4. There are 90 of us altogether!

Good on you for giving something new a go! Like I have said on this blog, I agree with Pernille Ripp when she says “this is the future of literacy”.

If you have missed out this time – please check back at the end of Term 1 to see the selection for Term 2 and get the Google Form filled in early:)

I will contact team leaders shortly and share the teams for Term 1.


MONDAY 11th January

Okay… I have read quite a few novels over the first 3 weeks of the holidays!

There are many wonderful authors out there writing great kiwi novels for our kiwi kids!

After much deliberation I have selected



Although Juggling with Mandarins was first published in 2003, this ‘coming of age’ novel has MANY valuable themes worthy of deeper discussion. I would like to thank Zaana Cooper from St. Peter’s School in Cambridge for the recommendation. Having read 6 novels over the first 3 weeks of the holidays, this one resonated with me as perfect for ‘beginning of the year’ with its themes of difference, Growth Mindset, being true to yourself, self-belief, family issues, and relationships.

If you are keen to participate in #NZreadaloud4JWM please complete the Google Form below and I will be in touch with you all. Depending on the numbers, we will connect our classes via Edmodo groups.

Deadlines to register your class is Friday 5th of February (end of Week 1) and we will start on 29th of February (Week 5, Term 1) for 6 weeks.

The break down of Chapters is as follows:

Week 1 (29 Feb. – 4 March)             Pages 1 – 47            (47 pages)

Week 2 (7 – 11 March)                     Pages 48 – 90          (42 pages)

Week 3 (14 – 18 March)                   Pages 91 – 128        (39 pages)

Week 4 (21 – 25 March)                   Pages 129 – 167      (39 pages)

Week 5 (28 March – 1 April)             Pages 168 – 212      (44 pages)

Week 6 (4 – 8 April)                          Pages 213 – 255      (42 pages)




Kia ora koutou

Ko Kerri Thompson tōku ingoa

Nō Ahitereiria ahau

Kei Heretaunga tōku kāinga

WELCOME to the page for Year 7 & 8 teachers participating in #NZreadaloud.

After 3 #NZreadalouds this year I am even more convinced this IS the future of literacy. As Pernille Ripp puts forward in this blog post, I agree that the future of literacy will center around these 5 themes:

  • (Global) collaboration
  • Meaningful integration of technology
  • Student voice and choice
  • Authentic purpose and audience
  • Personalising learning for the kids in front of us

During the 3 #NZreadalouds this year – we saw first-hand these things happening in our classroom AND we saw the engagement and involvement of our learners in, not only reading tasks, but other authentic learning experiences which were a direct result of student led inquiry coming from themes / topics in the books which THEY wanted to know more about. It has been REALLY exciting.

The feedback from teachers and students is also wonderful to read – you can check out what they are saying on the tabs on the blog.

2016 sees #NZreadaloud expand to all other Year groups in the Primary sector AND more recently Year 9 / 10. This is thanks to three fellow #NZreadaloud enthusiasts who have put their hands up to ‘take it on’ AND after a meeting with Karen Wilson (AKA @kaiakowilson) #NZreadaloud is now open to teachers of Year 9 / 10 kids. This is a REALLY exciting addition.

I am on the look out for a ‘special’ book written by a New Zealand author for our Year 7 / 8 students. Read aloud’s are a specific type of book I feel – they need to be of a reasonable length (too long and it could drag),  it needs to have protagonists who our kids can relate to (similar age), it MUST have some action, suspense, twists and turns, AND it ideally will have some themes and topics which could provide opportunity for further research / inquiry!