Features and Benefits

Revel™ is Savvas’s newest way of delivering our respected content. Fully digital and highly engaging, Revel offers:

  • Dynamic content matched to the way today's students read, think, and learn.

    • Interactives and Videos. Integrated within the narrative, interactives and videos empower students to engage with concepts and take an active role in learning. Revel's unique presentation of media as an intrinsic part of course content brings the hallmark features of Savvas' bestselling titles to life. Revel's media interactives have been designed to be completed quickly, and its videos are brief, so students stay focused and on task.

    • Quizzing. Located throughout Revel, quizzing affords students opportunities to check their understanding at regular intervals before moving on.

    • Short-Answer Writing Assignments. Revel’s short-answer writing assignments foster deeper critical thinking by prompting students to evaluate the validity of ideas as they question, analyze, and synthesize information.

    • A Fully Mobile Learning Experience. Revel enables students to read and interact with course material on the devices they use, anywhere and anytime.

  • Superior assignability and tracking tools that help educators make sure students are completing their reading and understanding core concepts

    • Assignment Calendar. Revel allows educators to indicate precisely which readings must be completed on which dates. This clear, detailed schedule helps students stay on task by eliminating any ambiguity as to which material will be covered during each class. And when students know what is expected of them, they're better motivated to keep up.

    • Performance Dashboard. REVEL lets educators monitor class assignment completion as well as individual student achievement. It offers actionable information that helps educators intersect with their students in meaningful ways, such as points earned on quizzes and tests and time on task.

Additionally, REVEL for Literacy for the 21st Century offers:

  • Guidance to be an accountable teacher:

    • Teacher checklists outline the specific components that classroom teachers must address when they are teaching reading and writing.

    • Common Core State Standards boxes point out how to use grade-level standards to plan purposeful literacy lessons that align with national and state literacy standards.

    • NEW: Standards Check! features at the end of each chapter-opening vignette ask readers to identify which standards the vignette teacher used in planning their lesson.

  • Support for a balanced approach to literacy instruction:

    • Chapter-opening vignettes describe how effective teachers integrate reading and writing instruction to maximize students’ learning.

    • Teach Kids to Be Strategic features outline specific guidelines to the cognitive and metacognitive strategies students need to learn and how to ensure the strategies are applied effectively.

    • Booklists, Mini-lessons, Literacy Portraits, and step-by-step Instructional Procedures provide instructional support that makes this text the most practical and applied text in the field.

    • Real examples of student work are included throughout the text to help readers recognize grade-appropriate literacy development.

    • References to the Compendium of Instructional Procedures, a bank of step-by-step, evidence-based teaching procedures, popular because of their value as a classroom resource, occur throughout the text and identify when procedures are appropriate to use.  

  • Resources for assessment:

    • Assessment Snapshots present authentic examples of rubrics, checklists, and other formative assessment resources that classroom teachers use to measure literacy growth on a day-to-day basis.

    • Teacher’s Notes overlays identify how to analyze each assessment and use it to inform instruction.

  • Differentiated instruction for diverse learners:

    • Classroom Intervention boxes detail specific ways to assist struggling readers and writers and illustrate how to modify and supplement instruction to ensure all readers and writers are successful.

    • Differentiated Instruction features showcase nine students whose cultural backgrounds and literacy progress differ. These features identify how classroom teachers modify literacy instruction to meet developmental differences you might see in beginning readers and writers, students with varying levels of comprehension skills, and readers and writers who are learning English at the same time they’re becoming literate.

    • Nurturing English Language Learners chapter sections detail specific teaching strategies that address the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

  • Technology tools for reading and writing:

    • Go Digital! features provide practical ideas and guidance for using specific programs and products that benefit students in using technology and in developing new media skills.

    • New Literacies features present researched information and communication technologies and identify specific ways to prepare students for the reading and writing demands of 21st-century learning.