Stile integrates literacy opportunities throughout all lessons. Comprehension activities – including creative writing and persuasive writing tasks – are integrated to challenge students to make connections while improving their literacy. For example, students are introduced to the nervous system through the context of dogs sniffing out cancer, and a written task challenges students to place the science in context. Explicit science news stories provide relevant and up-to-date lessons that challenge students to enhance literacy.
There are also a number of ways we support literacy development. All units come with a glossary that contains visual support for each of the key terms from the unit. As students’ scientific vocabularies grow, they are tested with different question types, such as definition matching tasks and Cloze questions, to ensure they have understood the key terms before moving to more complex questioning. Additionally, all of the text and questions in Stile can be read to students through the audio narration tool to allow for differentiation.
Student literacy is further supported by our homework and revision app Stile Quiz. Designed with multiple exposures and spaced repetition algorithms, Stile Quiz is another way that students can master the core scientific vocabulary for any of our Stile units.