Supporting Literacy and Numeracy in EP Humanities
Education Perfect Humanities content has been designed to support literacy and numeracy across the curriculum. Our resources include standalone activities to support these fundamental skills, as well as having them embedded into lessons and assessments.
In EP Humanities lessons there are a number of features to support literacy and numeracy. In each lesson key terminology and verbs are highlight and explained where it is necessary for understanding the context of the lesson.
All cognitive verbs in questions are highlighted a particular colour, dependent on whether they are retrieval, comprehension or analysis. Each verb is also explained when students click to check their response or click for further help or explanation.
Towards the end of each lesson is a glossary activity where students match definitions with the correct word or phrase.
All lessons in EP Humanities have a text-to-speech function which allows students to click and have everything on the screen read aloud. The text-to-speech function will highlight a section of text and then read it to students.
There are a number of standalone activities to support literacy and numeracy in Humanities. Both Geography and History have skills folders with lessons to explicitly teach fundamental skills, many of which are literacy and numeracy based. For example in Geography Skills there are a number of lessons on graphs and statistics.
In History skills there are several lessons explicitly focused on literacy and numeracy such as historical terms and concepts, interpreting and building timelines.
Spelling and Glossary Activities
Each unit or topic within EP Humanities contains spelling and glossary activities. Most units have two spelling activities, a beginner and advanced and have a glossary activity lesson.
Spelling lists can be assigned to students to practice key words and phrases from the unit. Students will be presented with an example sentence that uses the word or phrase.
The example sentence will appear on screen with the key word or phrase missing. The sentence is read aloud including the word which is not displayed on screen. Students then type the word which they hear but is missing from the text. If they enter it correctly the systems will mark it correct. If students enter it incorrectly it will go into the background and keep repeating at regular intervals until the student enters it correctly.
Glossary activities are in most Humanities units and assist students to practice matching definitions with words and phrases.