The Do You Know? series is a new set of non-fiction EAL (English as an additional language) graded readers based around STEM topics. The books are for inquisitive minds with a focus on questioning and exploring each topic further. The books cater for all learning styles with a range of activities to do on each page. The series uses reading as a springboard to integrate all other language skills – for example, speaking, listening and writing. The audio of each book can help with new words and sounds, allowing for better pronunciation. Each book has good pace and a variety of activities that will engage reluctant readers. In this blog post, we will provide some tips and advice for using this new series at home.
How can you use this new series at home?
There is a clear focus in each book with recognisable features which help learners explore the content further and provide opportunities for further language practice. At times, the focus moves away from reading which can allow for higher learner engagement and motivation and acts as a useful tool to use a range of skills in the reading process.
Each book includes the following:
The Contents Page lists all of the questions contained in the book.
The contents page can be used as an elicitation tool prior to reading. Talk through the questions and see what answers arise.
Visuals and key words from the book.
An excellent focus point at any stage in the reading process. The pictures can be used in a pre-reading task. Discuss what the student can see in the pictures – do they know the words for each picture even if they cannot read them yet? Whilst reading, the pictures can be used to reinforce key words and provide a pit stop from reading. Use the visuals to talk about what they have seen, understood and remembered so far. Similarly, after reading you can use the pictures to recycle all the key words. Recycling is an important part of remembering new words and keeping them active rather than passive.
The watch section in the books helps learners reinforce what they have learnt from the text. The watch icon means there is an accompanying video on the website. These videos are extremely engaging and they are a huge a bonus for visual and audio learners. Video helps to bring the text to life; it repeats key elements from the page, and this will allow students to repeat key vocabulary. This promotes a unique reading experience that really helps embed new words.
Let’s explore! The Find Out sections throughout the book allow learners to research the key points. This promotes learner autonomy allowing learners to explore words and themes from the book. This helps keep students interested.
Useful project tasks which reinforce key ideas from the book and allow students to show their understanding.
A focal point to explore the visuals and words on the page further. This encourages discussion and is an effective way of repeating language from the page. Again. The repetition process will allow learners to have a better understanding of the new words they have encountered.
The end of each reader has a quiz with visuals and questions for the learner. This is a useful way to talk about the overall content and topic of the book and allows repetition once again of all the new vocabulary.
Resources and activities
There are many more resources and activities which are ready for use at home with no planning required. These are all available on the individual book pages on this website. Browse videos, lesson plans, audio, transcripts and the answer key for each book.
Do You Know? Enjoy using this non-fiction range of graded readers at home.