Short stories and articles of very wide ranging appeal and high interest have been chosen for use in the Rainbow Reading Programme. Books are entertaining yet informative and educational. The aim is to provide students with an assortment of topics, styles and genre from a variety of authors. The layout of the text has been kept clear and easily readable.
The illustrations and photographs in Rainbow Reading books are attractive and, like the text, representative of a variety of styles and appealing to older students.
Stories and articles have been levelled by using the Elley Noun Frequency Method (1989) as an initial guide and also by extensive teacher-student testing and recommendation. Books are colour coded at different reading levels, starting at the Silver level with a reading difficulty level of 5-5.5 years through to Violet where text has a reading difficulty level of 11-12 years. As the stories have been carefully selected with the needs and interests of older students in mind, the books are used with students whose chronological ages are higher than their reading ages.
Text-related activities accompany each student title. The activities present text from the books in new and refreshing ways. The activities include; Cloze activities, Text Sequencing activities, Word Search activities, Dice Game activities and Writing activities.
These activities are designed to:
- reinforce skills learned while reading the text;
- provide the students with opportunities to revisit the text in different formats;
- provide further practice in reading, comprehending and organising text;
- practice in identifying words in different context;
- opportunities for searching across words in sequence;
- opportunities to link text to writing.
The audio pens that accompany the books for supported reading are specially recorded for ease of use and for maximum educational advantage as well as entertainment value.
The Rainbow Reading books have been especially printed with a code that the pen can read. The audio pen is used for both reading the story to the student as well as recording the students' own reading of the book. Students can then listen to their own recordings.