Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools
7.5 Read about and recount actual or imagined events in the past.
At the end of this lesson, students can:
Pānui – Reading: Understand much of what is written about a range of topics across a range of written text types.
Tuhituhi - Writing: Write about a range of topics, using words and expressions that are appropriate for the purpose and intended audience.
Te Wharekura 60, Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga, Te Whanganui-a-Tara
Copy the pakiwaitara/pūrākau Mōkai Tuna from Te Wharekura 60 (attached as Teachers’ notes: Mōkai Tuna). Have the students read the story aloud as a class. Then ask them to identify colloquial expressions in the text. Ask if they are kīwaha or kīrehu.
Ask the students to translate the identified sayings into English, providing arguments for their decisions. They should also discuss new words and summarise each paragraph.
Tell them to write about 3–5 personal experiences, using kīwaha/kīrehu to describe them. Encourage the students to read their stories to the class.
Colloquial expressions found in Teachers’ notes: He hokinga mahara.
Scenarios can be turned into short skits acted by students.
The students could watch the video ‘Moko Toa’, listening for the kīwaha used.
Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori. (1999). He Kohinga Kīwaha. Tāmakimakaurau, New Zealand: Reed.
A collection of colloquial expressions in te reo Māori.