Word idea written by  chalkReading is important to everyday life. 

The importance of literacy is often the focus of educators, businesses and the military.  Being literate allows individuals to do more than just read what is written, but to understand written material.  Reading is a critical component of learning math and simply navigating the ‘content and messages’ everyone is exposed to on a daily basis.  The goal of the Lifetime Library is to present reading from several angles, making it a fun and engaging learning activity.

Reading is made up of 44 lessons split into Reading Part 1 and Part 2.  The curriculum begins with practical reading skills – reading and interpreting prose encountered in everyday life.  Later lessons cover reading science texts, historical interpretations, and literature.

Reading - Part 1

Reading Part 1 promotes reading as a critical life skill for adults and young adults. The series uses a document-and- prose-literacy approach.  Simply stated, that means it teaches the kind of reading most often required in everyday life.  It is aimed at learners who read at the 4th – 9th grade adult or young adult level and move them beyond that point.

Reading 1’s 28 books (lessons) address three basic types of reading.  The first 12 books (lessons) (Practical Reading) examine items encountered every day – bills, tax and credit forms, warranties, safety information, and advertising.  The lessons focus on locating and interpreting critical information.

Books (lessons) 13 through 20 (General Reading) teach how to recognize and apply information that is contained in longer documents like newspaper stories.

The remaining eight books (lessons), 21 through 28 (Literature), teach the interpretation of literature through such factors as the author’s voice, intent, and figurative language.

Video scenarios are presented in a “soap opera” format and provide a young adult/adult context for the reading skills.  Each chapter begins with an episode in which young adults and adults are faced with a problem that requires interpretation of printed material for its solution.  Sometimes, the video takes the form of an advertisement or TV host monologue.  These scenarios clearly establish the relevance of reading skills in everyday life.  

Reading Part 1 utilizes the same multimedia, interactive platform as other portions of the Library, and incorporates the KET program, Another Page.  Two independent story lines are woven through this series. One story follows Rhonda, a single mother who faces and overcomes a variety of difficulties.  The second story follows Darrell, a young man living with his sister and brother-in-law as he finds ways to get started in life.

Following the video, the learner is presented with text covering the lesson’s objectives, and then learners have ample opportunities to hone their skills in the Practice and Challenge Exercises associated with each chapter.

Reading - Part 2

Reading Part 2 teaches the reading skills required for the high school level of proficiency.  Sixteen total books (lessons) address three content areas.

The first five books (lessons) teach reading skills for literature – finding the main idea, using context clues, distinguishing concrete from abstract and interpreting maps, graphs and charts.

Books (lessons) 6 through 11 concentrate on reading science using the terminology of ecology, biology, geology, basic atomic theory, and physics.

The remaining five books (lessons) teach strategies for interpreting history through a look at American history from early exploration and colonization through the 1970’s.

In this series, the video segments introduce and explain each reading skill.  The video is from KET’s GED on TV, which received a Wilbur Schramm Award of Excellence for instructional video. 

The five literature books (lessons) are hosted by Wally Amos, who presents exciting reenactments of scenes from literature that bring classic tales and poetry to life.

The science lessons in books (lessons) 6 through 11 are hosted by Pamela Lewis, who explains and demonstrates fundamental scientific concepts as a way of teaching how to read this type of information.

The history series is hosted by Wayne Bryan who reviews the cornerstones of American history as a jumping off point for further instruction on ways to read and comprehend this exciting subject.

The video segments in Reading Part 2 are different from those in Reading Part 1 in an important way.  At the beginning of each lesson, the entire video lesson is provided.  Then a series of shorter video reruns are provided.  This approach is particularly helpful when students are working on the exercises and wish to go over the video information as they practice.  After the video instruction, text instruction reinforces and expands on the main points of the lesson.

Multimedia Components

•  Reading 1: 28 multimedia “books” composed of three chapters each
•  Reading 2: 16 multimedia “books” 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

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