US26624 Reading - News Article - Blues and Browns

US26624 Reading - News Article - Blues and Browns


This task helps students achieve NZQA’s Unit Standard 26624 Read texts with understanding - version 5.  For this standard students are required to read THREE different text types.  This resource covers ONE of those – reading a lead newspaper article.


Students watch a short documentary about Jane Elliott’s classroom experiment on racism (dividing her class according to their eye colour).  They then read a newspaper article about a New Zealand school who tried to do the same thing – also to try to teach their students how horrible racism is – but this time with mixed results.  Students answer questions about the article to show their understanding.


As with all our task booklets, this resource:

  • Comes with a clear and user-friendly coversheet.
  • Is available in Microsoft Word and Google Doc formats - use it as is or edit it to suit your/your students' needs. 
  • Is available in a type-on PDF format. No editing, but nor do you have to worry about format. 
  • Is primarily designed to be shared with students digitally but can also be printed.
  • Is designed to ensure students SUCCEED. 
  • Includes tables and templates, providing a structured and scaffolded approach.
  • Contains hyperlinks (where necessary) for easy referral to parts within the document and also to external web sources.
  • Includes short breaks when students can watch YouTube clips about daring or interesting things … then it’s back into it!
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