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 text types.
Tuhituhi – Writing: Use resources to experiment with new language and review writing for accuracy.
Kōrero – Speaking: Give talks on a range of topics in a range of contexts.
Whakaatu – Presenting: Create new visual texts to express their own information and ideas.
Ensure the students are aware of vocabulary used to describe people.
Ask the students to read Resource sheet 7A: He tauira and fill in the gaps on Resource sheet 7B: He tauira.
Encourage the students to select and research a Māori or New Zealand identity and complete Resource sheet 7C: Whākao pārongo, using their own words to describe that identity.
Have the students make a poster or computer presentation on their findings. The students should field questions about their subject in Māori.
Use biographies from the Ngā Tāngata Taumata Rau series as reo Māori exemplars.
In groups, students research their subject with each group member being responsible for one part of their subject's life, for example, childhood, schooling, career, successes, fame, and summary.
Moorfield, J. C. (1992). Te Whanake 3: Te Māhuri. (Chapter 10, p.166–171). Longman Paul: Auckland. Contains vocabulary, exercises and examples of ways to describe people.