One of the most valuable features of World Book Student does not have a button to press; it’s not in the menu bar, and it’s not even shown on the home page.
It's not a new feature. This feature has been around since I was a kid in the World Book print edition, and as we are the only company publishing an encyclopaedia every year, it still is.
So how does this feature work and how do you use it?
The feature is readability. Read this next paragraph and think of the grade reading level you believe this text is written for.
Now read this next paragraph taken from a later passage of the same article.
Now read this first paragraph of this article on the brain and think about the reading level.
Were your answers grade 2, grade 4, and grade 7? These are the answers I get when I ask this question at personal development sessions. The World Book philosophy is “Easy to read is hard to write.” World Book articles are graded reading, meaning the writer starts the article based on where the student would be in their learning journey. Children discover animals at a young age, so we begin the article at a young reading level. Then, the article slowly increases in reading level and complexity in the subject matter as you can see when you read the second paragraph. When you read the third paragraph, you see that the reading level is higher, and again as you read the article, it increases in reading level.
So, how do you use this feature? All you have to do is not be afraid of sending a student to World Book. If they are interested in discovering the information, then they will find the information at a level they can understand. But if they don’t, then we have two other online databases designed with younger readers in mind. If you would like, more information on the readability of World Book articles, click the link below. You will also find a reading comparison to other online databases, which shows the World Book articles are the easiest to read of all the online databases reviewed.
Click here for more information on readability in World Book Online.