Years 9 & 10

Last updated: 18 January 2021

TEXT ANNOUNCEMENT [18 January 2021]

Here is a brief overview of this venture so you can evaluate whether it is a good fit for you.

NZReadAloud20 will operate in Term 2, 2021. The text for Year 9 will be ‘Trainsurfer’ by Kate S Richards instead of ‘Aspiring’ by Damien Wilkins. Although the latter won the Young Adult Fiction award at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2020, it contains some rather mature scenes towards the end of the book. REGISTER here by 16 April 2021. 


Week 1 (31 June): Chapters 1-5 (1-23) 23 pages
Week 2 (7 June): Chapters 5-11 (24-52) 29 pages
Week 3 (14 June): Chapters 12-15 (53-75) 23 pages
Week 4 (21 June): Chapters: 16-20 (76-100) 25 pages
Week 5 (28 June): Chapters 21-25 (101-126) 26 pages

NZReadAloud21 will operate in Term 3, 2021. The text for Year 10 will be ‘Snakes and Ladders’ by Mary-Anne Scott, Winner of Teenage Choice Award. [Teacher Notes] REGISTER here by 2 July 2021.


Week 1 (16 July): Chapters 1-4 (5-66) 62 pages
Week 2 (2 Aug): Chapters 5-7 (67-113) 47 pages
Week 3 (9 Aug): Chapters 8-11 (114-168) 54 pages
Week 4 (16 Aug): Chapters: 12-14 (169-218) 50 pages
Week 5 (23 Aug): Chapters 15-18 (219-286) 68 pages

12 July 2020


Week 1 (20 July): Set up and introductions
Week 2 (27 July): Chapters 1-15 (7-50) 43 pages
Week 3 (3 Aug): Chapters 16-27 (51-93) 42 pages
Week 4 (10 Aug): Chapters: 28-41 (94-138) 44 pages
Week 5 (17 Aug): Chapters 42-52 (139-181) 42 pages
Week 6 (24 Aug): Chapters 53-66 (182-225) 43 pages
Week 7 (31 Aug): Chapters 67-84 (226-268) 40 pages

12 May 2020


NZReadAloud18 will operate in Term 3 for Year 10. It is ‘Slice of Heaven’ by Des O’Leary. Set in multicultural South Auckland, it follows Sione and his friends who are asked to join the school softball team as they deal with challenges that young people have to face.  [Teacher Resources] REGISTER here before 24 June, 2020. At the end of Term 2,  participating teachers will sign up to Edmodo and join the class once I’ve shared the code.

11 May 2020


NZReadAloud17 has been delayed due to Covid-19. The majority of those who had registered have indicated that other programmes of study are now underway. For this reason, the Year 9 Shooting Stars read aloud has been cancelled. ‘Trainsurfer’ by Kate S Richards (a shorter text) will take place, but only in one classroom. NZReadAloud18 for Year 10 will go ahead. It is ‘Slice of Heaven’ by Des O’Leary. REGISTER here before 24 June, 2020.

01 January 2020


Shooting Stars CoverNZReadAloud17 will operate in Term 2, 2020. The text for Year 9 will be ‘Shooting Stars’ by Brian Falkner. Given the issues raised in this text, it will be open to both Years 9 and 10. Egan Tucker follows a code of honour. He is tested when circumstances force him to move from the bush to the city. His story is told via multiple mediums (diary entries, a narrative, a police report, court transcripts, and drawings) and ought to appeal to most readers. [Teacher Resources – Australia] [Teacher Resources – New Zealand] REGISTER here if you are keen. Registration closes on 1 April 2020. I will be in touch about signing up to Edmodo and provide a class code towards the end of Term 1.

Slice of HeavenNZReadAloud18 will operate in Term 3 for Year 10. It is ‘Slice of Heaven’ by Des O’Leary. Set in multicultural South Auckland, it follows Sione and his friends who are asked to join the school softball team as they deal with challenges that young people have to face.  [Teacher Resources] REGISTER here before 24 June, 2020. At the end of Term 2,  participating teachers will sign up to Edmodo and join the class once I’ve shared the code.

8 July 2019


NZReadAloud15 will run during weeks 1 – 6 of Term 3. The novel study offered to Year 10 students is to be announced on 10 July at the NZ Association for the Teaching of English Conference. It is ‘Hucking Cody’ by Aaron Topp.

30 April 2019


28 April 2019


SeeYsSimonNZReadAloud14 will run during weeks 1 – 6 of Term 2. The novel study offered to Year 9 students is See Ya, Simon’ by David Hill. “Hill’s first teenage novel, See Ya, Simon (1992), is an absorbing story of friendship with a boy dying, at 14, of muscular dystrophy, whose gritty humour and determination expunge sentimentality. Shortlisted in New Zealand and runner-up for two awards in the UK, it won the 1994 Times Educational Supplement Award for Special Needs.” (New Zealand Book Council) Register on this GoogleForm (by 14 April). Sign up to Edmodo and await the class code.


Based on #RāmereShorts run by the NZ Book Council, we are going to write every Wednesday during #NZreadaloud14. Our version is called #RāapaYarns. Each Wednesday, the teacher-in-charge will post six random words from the week’s reading. Students will put these words into a wee yarn and share on Edmodo. Words can be used in any order and altered slightly. For instance, if the word is ‘glow’ you may use ‘glows’ or ‘glowing’. The catch is that it must only be 140 characters in length. Use this tool to check your tally. Here are a few examples. The words in italics are the random words that had to be used.

  • LogoMakr_0tGr2eI found out mum’s PIN. She’s deeply cross. My form for the school trip is in the bin among my drawings, she’s coming to collect my iPad. @_LordDerpington
  • Steady your hand, wait until you’re sure, you’ve got all day Don’t draw conclusions, write it lightly. Try and get 7-across first. @_LordDerpington
  • Looking at the other side, the coast was clear.  Next I ran across the golf course only to find my final resting place. A mower ran me over. Charlie (Y9)
  • Tinder is the place, they said, to look for a date. Swiping left, others right, until a choice is clear. Of course half are married. Next! @MichchaJohansen


Our target is to read approximately 25 pages per week, giving us time to connect online. Note that there is the option to listen to this story told by Peter Hambleton [he plays the dwarf Glóin in The Hobbit film series] on RadioNZ here.

Week 1 Set up and access Edmodo. Get to know you activity/post.
Week 2 Chapters 1-3 pages 1-24
Week 3 Chapters 4-7 pages 25-52
Week 4 Chapters 8-11 pages 52-78
Week 5 Chapters 12-14 pages 78-96
Week 6 Chapters 15-18 pages 97-126

24 July 2018


Week 1     Chpts 1-3 Pages 0 – 46
Week 2     Chpts 4-7 Pages 47 – 109
Week 3     Chpts 8-10 Pages 110 – 173
Week 4     Chpts 11-14 Pages 174 – 252
Week 5     Chpts 15-17 Pages 253 – 303
Week 6     Pages 152 – 180

20 June 2018


bone tikiNZReadAloud12 will occur in Term 3 and a novel study will be offered to Year 9 students. The text is ‘The Bone Tiki’ by David Hair. Registrations are open as of 28 May via this GoogleForm and close on Monday 2 July.

It will run weeks 1 – 5.

21 January 2017


NZReadAloud7 will be offered to Year 10 and include one short story: ‘The Seahorse and the Reef’ by Witi Ihimaera. It will run Term 1, Weeks 3-6. Registrations close on 9 February. A rough outline is:

  • Share pre-reading tasks on Edmodo and read the text in Week 3
  • Facilitate online discussions and tasks shared on Edmodo Week 2
  • Set summative tasks or challenges in Week 3 also shared on Edmodo.

seahorse-clipart-illustration-1461005389qcqWhat you need to do:

  1. Register your class on this GoogleForm.
  2. Establish a class group in Edmodo, ready to join the national NZRA group. Step 1 (‘how to’ video) Step 2Step 3.
  3. Use the group code to make your students ‘members’.
  4. Read the text available here and create some tasks ready to share with the group.

NZReadAloud9 will be offered to Year 9 and include one novel: ‘Shooting Stars’ by Brian Falkner. It will run Term 3, Weeks 1-5. Registrations close on 7 July. Chapter breakdowns will follow prior to Term 3.

shootingstars-nzra9What you need to do:

  1. Register your class on this GoogleForm.
  2. Establish a class group in Edmodo, ready to join the national NZRA group. Step 1 (‘how to’ video) Step 2Step 3.
  3. Use the group code to make your students ‘members’.
  4. Read the text (available from many bookstores) and create some tasks ready to share.

03 October 2016


NZReadAloud6 will be two poems: ‘Memories’ by Angela Saggers and ‘Kite’ by Paula Green. I am just checking copyright as to whether I can post a link here. Green’s book is available at Fishpond.

It is open for any Intermediate teachers who would like to accelerate their Year 8 students or introduce them to another text type. It is probably not advisable to do this as well as Global Read Aloud (but you know your students best).

Sign up below by the end of Term 4, Week 1. Then, you may join Edmodo by the end of Week 2 (using the guidance below). You will need a group code from me once you have set up your class in a private group. We will operate on flexitime as per the Year 10 group.

16 September 2016


NZReadAloud6 will be one single poem. ‘Oh Dirty River’ by Helen Lehndorf. It covers themes of identity and judgement, and includes well-loved humour. Read it here.

It will operate on flexitime. This means you can delve into it whenever it suits you and your class for however long you want. The expectation is that you share the task you do and students post to Edmodo. Whenever a class visits, we’d love students to comment on other students’ work.

17 July 2016


NZReadAloud6 at this level will occur at the beginning of Term 4 (whilst all other levels either take a break, or join Global Read Aloud). It will be a short two-week unit covering poetry. I am currently searching for an ideal text which is not too hard, nor too short. My students will have the option to write on it in their examination, so it needs to have a selection of techniques and of course be written by a New Zealander. If I cannot find a suitable New Zealand poet, I will select a poem with a New Zealand topic.


01 May 2016


Here is a screencast to show how to share Google Drive documents to Edmodo folders. You are free to share anything in any format! Add a link or attach files directly to the Active Co-Teachers small group as a post if it’s quicker (it may get lost in the feed though). The main point is that this is not supposed to become a burden.

29 April 2016


Either read first few lessons in the week, then complete tasks from Wednesday onwards, or read a few pages and complete a task, read some more and do more tasks, culminating with some collaborative tasks/discussion on Thursday/Friday each week. Use these hashtags for discussions/tweets: #NZRA5nine or #NZRA5ten

Year 9 ‘When Our Jack Went to War by Sandy McKay’:

Week 1     Pages 0 – 30
Week 2     Pages 31 – 61
Week 3     Pages 62 – 90
Week 4     Pages 91 – 120
Week 5     Pages 121 – 151
Week 6     Pages 152 – 180 (short week)

Year 10 ‘Speed Freak’ by Fleur Beale:

Week 1     Chpt 1 – 6              Pages 7 – 40
Week 2     Chpt 7 – 13            Pages 41 – 81
Week 3     Chpt 14 – 18          Pages 82 – 116
Week 4     Chpt 19 – 24         Pages 117 – 154
Week 5     Chpt 25 – 30         Pages 155 – 193
Week 6    Chpt 31 – 36          Pages 194 – 234 (short week)

Your responsibilities each week (Task Schedule) will be emailed by your Team Leader (that’s me) very soon. For 2 – 3 weeks you will be more involved with task setting and commenting on student posts within Edmodo (across all groups). This will provide modeling for ‘how to comment’ and boost our students’ sense of connectedness.

26 November 2015


Kua takoto te manuka: The leaves of the manuka tree have been laid down. This proverb is used when being challenged, or you have a challenge ahead of you.

My name is Karen Wilson and I teach at a boys’ school in Hawke’s Bay. Some of you will know me better by my twitter handle @KaiakoWilson. I am saddened year by year at how many seniors opt not to write a literary analysis essay on the novel taught in class come NCEA examinations. It is not a form I wish to be stripped from the syllabus nor discarded at the door. I have noticed an increasing number of secondary school teachers opting to read their novels to their class as a means of ensuring the text is read and also allowing for discussion beyond the text as well as confirming student understanding. Since hearing of Kerri Thompson’s success with NZ Read Aloud, winning the 2015 Interface Award ‘Best Teaching with ICT’, I offered to front the Year 9 and 10 groups.

Important Dates

  1. State interest (and have your say on the programme’s structure) 20 December
  2. Short Story, Poetry and Book suggestions 08 January
  3. Text selections announced (so you can source and read) 11 January
  4. Register your class(es) and hassle your peers to join by 12 February
  5. Term 1 journey begins (for 4 weeks): two short stories
  6. Term 2 journey begins (for 5-6 weeks): one novel
  7. Term 3 journey begins (for 2 weeks): two to four poems thematically connected

How does it work?

Read: You do not need to request 30 new books from a tight budget, instead purchase just one book (perhaps donate it to the school library afterwards). This one book will be read by all participating students in classrooms across New Zealand. Alternatively, you may purchase up to a dozen copies of the book so that students can work in groups or complete tasks like searching for key quotations.

Formative Assessment: The teacher will read x number of chapters per week as set by your Lead Teacher (that’s me). Teachers work in groups of five or six, setting and assigning tasks. Each week, one teacher will be responsible for creating and sharing a task. During the week, each teacher completes it as and when they can. Depending on class schedules it may be possible to have a Google Hangout or Skype call. Alternatively, there may be a slow twitter chat or a summary sketchnote drawn and shared. Students may elect to have a separate notebook for their read aloud doodles or notes (3B1 or 1B4). One teacher will also be responsible for commenting on student posts and discussions.

Summative Assessment: If, like my school, there are assessments undertaken, you are free to do your own thing. Though again, sharing your assessment would also be nice to avoid reinventing the wheel. Exam preparation may also be done “together” like a Kahoot competition or game creation.

How do we share?

The NZ Read Aloud Community use the Edmodo platform for collaboration. If you’ve never used it before, NZ Read Aloud will help you.

What do I have to do?

  • Register: Teachers can opt in and out on a term by term basis.
  • Source the upcoming term text(s).
  • Sign up to Edmodo and join the Y9/10 group.
  • Ask questions.
  • Synchronize the reading schedule to your annual planner.
  • Know when you are responsible for a weekly task and comments.

How do we choose texts?

Type: Ideally the perfect text will be that of a New Zealand author, perhaps in a genre your students don’t read but you know they have the potential to enjoy.

Target audience: the text must appeal to both girls and boys. Student voice from my boys indicates that a female protagonist is just as reachable as a male. Male writers, like Zusak, are proof that they can connect and comprehend this perspective.

Author’s Craft: It is beneficial if the text has an aspect such as imagery or structure to discuss in the hopes that it helps student writing.

Length: the text must be a manageable size allowing for the intervention of various school events. So, to be clear, that’s a ‘no’ to A Game of Thrones.

2016 is the first year the programme is running at secondary schools.