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How to Use This Site

How to Use This Site
Additional Tips for Teachers

Teacher Central:
The first option on the Teacher Info menu leads to a page called Teacher Central. It combines teacher and non-teacher menu choices that are most used by teachers.

More Powerful Word Browsing:
This site is designed to work well when using a standard smartphone. When using a larger screen, a more powerful word-browsing option is available.
Details When browsing words with a smartphone, each book's menu will default to loading a small-screen version of word browse. You can override the default on each book's menu, but it is awkward to use the more powerful browse on a small screen. Use a desktop or tablet computer for a better overview and to see more words. Notice that the large-screen version also has options toward the top of the screen to:
  • Show different groups of words.
  • Get an overview with 1 line per word.
  • Order words in various ways—such as by chapter.
  • Further limit words or detail.

Best Quizzes:
The most popular and most carefully edited quizzes are listed on the list Books with Popular Quizzes.
Details The computer does a reasonable job of selecting words, sample sentences, and wrong answers, but quizzes are better when edited by a human. To request careful editing of a quiz, use the Give Us Feedback button at the bottom of most pages. Similarly, if there's a word that's important for comprehension that should be added to a book's quiz, tell us which word (and preferably which word to remove to make room for it). When a book's quizzes are not entirely edited, quiz status will say prototype.
More Details Quiz status can be found at the bottom of the Browse with Large Screen page. To make it easy for you to check a question, the printable quiz Answer Key has a following the answer to any question that has not been checked by an editor.

Quiz Overview:
To get a quick overview of quizzes, from each book's menu, choose Printable Quiz before clicking on the Take a Quiz button. The computer will then display all the questions and multiple choice answers for the selected quiz.
Details of quiz options
  • Top-Ranked words or Extra Credit words
  • Pre-Reading or Post-Reading sentences
    • Pre-Reading senteces are chosen to most clearly demonstrate the meaning of a word
    • Post-Reading sentences are chosen from the book--ideally from a memorable passage
  • Interactive or Printable quiz

Quiz Results:
Teachers who don't use written tests can see quiz results via an emailed screen shot, immediate classroom display, or printout.
Details™ assigns a score based on the number of answers that are correct on the first try. If they want a perfect score, students can repeat the test.
How to Capture Screenshots
  1. Press and hold the sleep/wake button at the top or side of your device.
  2. Immediately press and release the Home button.
  3. The screenshot is automatically saved with other photos.
  1. Depending upon your device, press and hold one of these pairs of buttons until the screen flashes.
    • the sleep/wake and volume-down button
    • the power and home buttons
  2. The screenshot is automatically saved with other photos.
Windows Computer
  1. Press the [PrtScn] button.
  2. The screenshot is on your clipboard and can be pasted into an email by holding the [Ctrl] key down when you press the letter [v].
Mac Computer
  1. Press Control-Shift-Command-3.
  2. The screenshot is on your clipboard and can be pasted into an email by pressing Command-V.
Printable Quizzes To print a quiz, pretend you're taking an interactive quiz, but choose the Printable Quiz option prior to beginning.

Extra Credit Assignments:
Encourage independent vocabulary work by granting extra credit for these additional quizzes.
  • the extra credit words quiz associated with whatever the class is reading
  • top-ranked words quizzes associated with independent reading