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‘O Lea e iai a‘u Mea ia e Fai


na tūsia e Marisa Maepu

This story supports Matā‘upu 6 (‘O ā au mea nā e fai?/What are you doing?).

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Text features

The language features of this story include:

  • a simple narrative told in the past tense
  • household chores, for example, tipitipiina o talo, teuina lo‘u moega
  • repeated phrases, including questions and answers, for example, Tomasi, ‘o ā au mea nā e fai?, ‘Ae ‘o lea e iai a‘u mea ia e fai
  • verbs to describe what someone is doing at that moment, for example, faitautusi, teuina, mālōlō
  • commands or requests, for example, Sau e fesoasoani ..., ‘ona ‘e alu lea e ‘ave le lāpisi i fafo.

The cultural features of this story include:

  • the theme of a Samoan boy’s expected chores
  • the way that all the characters, except Tōmasi, are working together and providing services that benefit the whole āiga. (This is a humorous story in which the main character’s actions do not reflect the core fa‘asāmoa values of alofa, fa‘aaloalo, and tautua.)

Supports and challenges

Students who have completed Matā‘upu 6 of Mua Ō! may find it easy to:

  • identify the question and the answers.

These students may find it challenging to:

  • make connections with what they know about the cultural context because the main character is disrespectful to his elders
  • understand some new vocabulary, phrases, and sentences (these are in the book’s glossary or the glossary of Mua Ō!).

Planning: Teaching as inquiry

Consider your students’ interests and their ability to read in gagana Sāmoa at this level and choose activities that provide appropriate content and support. Assess and reflect on the effectiveness of your teaching and the students’ learning, then plan next steps.

Curriculum links and links to Mua Ō! An Introduction to Gagana Sāmoa

The New Zealand Curriculum: Learning Languages

Students will produce and respond to questions … (levels 1 and 2)

Ta‘iala mo le Gagana Sāmoa: The Gagana Sāmoa Guidelines

Students will:

  • recognise, respond to, and use relevant vocabulary, simple structures, and formulaic expressions in a range of sentence types (level 1)
  • make connections with known culture(s) (level 1).

Mua Ō! An Introduction to Gagana Sāmoa

Matā‘upu 6

Students can use gagana Sāmoa to ask and respond to questions about what they are doing …

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