The Body: A complete user’s guide

Restak, Richard

Restak, R. (2014). Body, Revised Edition: A Complete User’s Guide. Washington D.C.: National Geographic Society.




This book is a comprehensive reference for students.  This book contains the latest information about the human body and its vital systems.  It also offers how-to tips to stay healthy and contains more than 300 color photographs and diagrams.  The book is beautifully written and informative.  The text contains a depth of information on fascinating systems of the body that are relevant to BIO4 unit.  Not only does it carry great information on body systems, it also offers to answer interesting questions and facts, including how much blood a heart pumps in a lifetime.  This book is appropriate for students on grade level.  All students in the class will engage with this book, as the book is colorful and it has 3-D and 4-D images captured through telescopes, ultrasounds, and molecular surveillance.


The readability level based on Flesch-Kincaid is 9.9.  It features pictures, charts, and graphs which are so catchy to the readers.  The illustrations aid comprehension of text and illustrations are free of sexual, social, or cultural bias.  The book size is bigger than normal and the format is appropriate.  There are fact boxes, informative charts, and illustrated side bars.  The word choice is appropriate and ideas are expressed clearly and directly.

Use in Class

Even though this book was scored 9.9 according to Flesch-Kincaid formula, all students with various reading levels can engage with this text because:

1) This book was purposely written as a family reference; it was designed to reach out to various ages.

2) The organization of the book, word choice, and graphics/visual aids make it very accessible to students with different reading levels.

The teacher will be assigning groups with different reading levels to work on the project in class.  The project is to make a booklet or a poster to present an organ system of their choice. The students will be writing concise information about the system, function of the system, its location, names of the organs in this system, and any interesting facts. Students with differing reading levels will assist each other to comprehend the text.


Unit Focus


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