READING 1 and 2
Simply put, reading is important to everyday life, whether reading conventional materials such as a novel or textbook, a newspaper, bills, bank statements, advertisements or anything that’s part of the fast-paced online world. Everyone needs to be
literate and able to understand what’s written and be able to dissect and internalize it. Being a better reader allows individuals
to gain exposure to opinions, accounts of historical situations, predictions for the future, and learn to enjoy the writings of great
authors and the characters, plots and conclusions.
Learning to enjoy reading – including school material, starts with sound reading fundamentals. Good reading skills will also help students with math! The ability to read will help students read and analyze word and situational problems often posed in a math curriculum. It’s a common notion that ‘half the problem with math comprehension – or even that of personal advancement – comes from the inability to read”. The goal of the Lifetime Library is to present reading from several angles and make it a fun and engaging learning activity.
Reading 1 is an interactive, multimedia reading program. Designed for ease of use, the program is open-ended and user-centered.
The focus is on applied reading skills – the skills individuals need to use in the “real world.” This approach follows the direction set by nationally acclaimed studies and applied skills tests such as:
• The SCANS report, What Work Requires of Schools: A SCANS Report for America 2000 (U.S. Department of Labor)
• Educational Testing Service/Department of Labor report, Beyond the School Doors
• CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System)
• ETS Tests of Applied Literacy Skills
The program begins with straightforward, simple reading tasks using short and relatively simple, common documents. Book 1, for example, begins with locating specific information on food and over-the-counter medicine labels. As the program progresses, the complexity of the tasks and documents increase. The 28 lessons move from finding, understanding, and using information from short, highly functional documents to finding, understanding and inferring information from newspaper articles, editorials, and short stories.
The goal of Reading 2 is to teach reading strategies and skills within the context of literature, general sciences and American history. In this way, the lessons create exposure to both the vocabulary and basic concepts of these subject areas.
The Lifetime Library’s Reading series includes:
• Reading 1: 28 books (lessons) composed of three chapters each
• Reading 2: 16 books (lessons) composed of three to five chapters each
• More than 2,500 screens of instruction that blend information in text, graphics and instructional video
• More than 15 hours of award-winning instructional video
• 4,500 test questions and interactive exercise questions with immediate feedback
• On-line tools: calculator, dictionary, and instructional text narration
• Automatic record keeping of time on task as well as test and exercise scores
• Ability for users to learn at their own pace
Ready to Start Putting the Lifetime Library to Use?
The Lifetime Library is a powerful learning tool – but it’s priced to be affordable for learners at all levels.
To purchase your one-time license for the Lifetime Library, please go to our “Purchase” page.
Once you have purchased the Library, you will receive an email with information about getting started. You’ll want to come back to this website to view our “Getting Started” video tutorial and to login (on the home page).