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Ministry of Education.

I have in my arms both ways

(See also the 12905 (RTF 48KB) on English Online.)


Year: 12-13

NCEA Level: 2

Duration: Ongoing throughout the year

Unit standard being assessed 

English Unit Standard Level 2: 12905 (Version 2)

  •  Read an inclusive variety of texts and record the reading experience.

Language learning outcomes

  • Selection includes more than one cultural perspective and has regard to gender balance
  • Reading includes at least two texts with an established critical reputation
  • Reading log records date of main entry, gives title and writer or source of each text, and a brief personal response with specific reference to details of each text
  • Evidence of texts having been read is demonstrated for at least one random sample text recorded in the reading log.

Teaching and learning

(includes templates for use with summative activities)

Learning tasks

Note: The theme for this unit comes form the title of Adrienne Jansen's stories " I Have in My Arms Both Ways."

Student instructions

Over the year you will read nine texts and complete lreading log entries for each text. These could be books that you read for your own enjoyment and interest, or texts that you read as part of the class programme. You will read all of the texts yourself. Texts which the teacher reads aloud to the class cannot be included. You could include a novel and a short story collection studied by the class if you read them yourself.


Template for Summative Assessment- Oral Response (Word 23KB)

Student Instruction Sheet (Word 27KB)

Assessment Activity- Student Sheet (Word 39KB)

Assessment Activity- Teacher Sheet (Word 27KB)

Sample Assessment Schedule (Word 40KB)

SampleReadingLog (Word 38KB)

I Have in My Arms Both Ways Log entry exemplars (Word 12KB)

Assessment note

Responses to texts read should be convincing, exploring an aspect of the candidate's engagement with the text. Each response should be supported by at least two relevant specific details from the text. It is acceptable for candidates to give more than two responses focusing on different aspects of one text, then support each response with one relevant specific detail. Responses should be recorded in written form.

Texts selected should reflect up to Level 7 curriculum personal reading objectives. However, this selection might include one or two 'easier reads' over the nine texts. Reference should also be made to the 12905 assessment activity available from NCEA Level 2 for assessment of all criteria. This activity offers examples of:

  • wide reading responses
  • an inclusive variety of texts
  • 'shorter and longer' texts and 'easier and more difficult' reading levels
  • selections from three [or more] different categories:
  •  'Pride and Prejudice' [pre 20C fiction]
  • 'Daggers' [fiction]
  • 'I am Not Esther' [NZ fiction]
  • 'Closed, Stanger' [NZ fiction]
  • 'The Wait' short story from learner writing anthology 'This Other Place' [short story anthology] NB: For poetry or short stories, the range statement requirement that learners read short story collections and poetry anthologies can be interpreted as several short texts that may be drawn from various sources rather than a single published collection.
  • 'Michael King' Listener [extended article]
  • 'The last seven months of Anne Frank' [non fiction]
  • 'Feed' [science fiction].

Published on: 25 Jun 2009