Books 3 and 4 focus mainly on Level 2 School Journals but include some Level 3 units for more able students. A carefully structured and differentiated unit of learning is included for each Journal text, covering both guided reading support and independent, engaging “respond and extend” activities. Addressing the needs of the modern classroom, each unit takes teachers and students beyond literal comprehension of the text with questions that are clearly categorised to show which higher-order skills they are designed to engage. Each unit also makes real-world links between its themes or main ideas and the key competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum, as well as providing English language learner support.
After gaining her Bachelor of Education at Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand, Gemma Lemon taught for 10 years moving between Years 1 and 5. This included two years as an ELL and Year 1 teacher in London, United Kingdom. Gemma is currently loving being at home with her daughter along with doing some relieving and writing work.