XBOOKS uses online and print components in an integrated, interactive program that builds students' proficiency in reading, writing, and thinking critically about informational text.
Strand Intro Videos: Each strand starts with an Intro Video that introduces ideas and books within the strand.
Book Preview Videos: The first five pages of a book are brought to life in the Preview Video, which introduces the book’s subject and builds anticipation for what will follow.
Two 10-question XBOOKS Quizzes are provided for each book. Students may take the second quiz after passing the first. Quizzes are scored automatically.
Each strand includes four categories of projects:
- Quick Search: Poses questions about the Lead Book that can be answered with a brief online search
- Explore: Based on the Lead Book, it invites students to do more extensive research
- Go Deep: Offers an opportunity for in-depth research on a topic related to the strand
- Your Own Inquiry: Students design and complete their own research project.
This interactive forum enables students to respond to teachers' prompts and engage in discussion with each other about the material they’ve read.
Teams of students can wrap up each strand by competing in the X-Challenge, a quiz-show-style activity that tests students' knowledge of the strand.