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Mātauranga Māori in the English Classroom

Mātauranga Māori in the English Classroom


With this resource you will gain access to Google folders of resources and ideas compiled as I experimented with ways to incorporate Mātauranga Māori into the English (Communications?  Connections?  Voices? Literacy?) classroom.  I'm not Māori, not a geeky academic, not an expert, but might I be so bold as to say, I probably reflect a lot of other teachers out there!   I'm a fan of learning through play and, inspired by the 2021 NZATE Conference, promptly went home to do just that!  My aim with this pack is to help give you some direction, provide ideas that you can use and/or bounce off, and to help you feel the buzz!  If you don't love adding a Mātauranga Māori perspective to your text studies then I'll eat tōku pōtae!  (BTW:  Many schools have already purchased this resource, but it had a different '2021' cover.  Please don't think you need to repurchase.)


When you purchase this resource, you get a link to a Google folder.  Please make a copy of the resources and save everything to your own Google Drive as soon as you purchase.  


In your pack, you'll find the following resources:

Close Reading:

  • A close reading activity about an article from The Spinoff about Lorde's new album. 

Professional Learning:

  • Notes and room for reflection about a chapter from Hirini Moko Mead's Tikanga MāoriThe Way Schools Used to Be
  • Notes and room for reflection about an NZATE interview with Melinda Webber regarding her 'Mana Model'
  • A resource template to help you think about 'The Mana Model' and you.

Templates for classroom presentations/worksheets:

  • Tatou-Taua-Au (All of us, You and Me (pairs), Me on my own) - teaching strategy

Text studies resources:

  • Resources you can use to approach character, setting and main ideas from a mātauranga Māori perspective
  • A resource you can use to help student connect themselves with poetry.
  • A resource to help students make links between whakatauki and aspects of their text studies.
  • A list of documentaries and podcasts with robust content from te ao Māori (includes hyperlinks straight to the sites)

My Tikanga labels - also sold separately here

Use these as 'critical theories' from which to view aspects of literature (or anything really) from a Mātauranga Māori perspective.  These concepts are where it all started for me when I first experimented with changing the way I looked at Golding's Lord of the Flies.


  • Kōrero Tairetenga - a type of poem that tells a story through an extended metaphor
  • Taonga Travels - students investigate where they are from.

A unit plan:

Using tikanga concepts to help view Golding's Lord of the Flies from a Mātauranga Māori perspective (yes, you can try a new and enhanced perspective on any text, even if it's by an old, dead English man).  This is a big mess that's there to show you my thinking process (which is also explained in my blog post here).