GED

The Winter 2013 issue of Notebook: Resources for the Adult Educator, a ProLiteracy membership publication, is here, and contains ready-to-use lesson plans and worksheets!
The purpose of this lesson plan is to introduce learners to the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King as well as to the Civil Rights Movement. Learners will also reflect on their own experiences and opinions of discrimination and equality.
As I entered the room and sat down for my first GED tutor training session, I noted that I was most likely the youngest person in the room. My fellow volunteers went around, introducing themselves, and my prediction was confirmed. I shared a table with a college grad, a recent empty nester, a young professional, and a retired school teacher. I am a college student, and I spend almost all of my days surrounded by others their early 20s. I was grateful for this opportunity to interact with a group of individuals where every generation was represented. As I later learned, for the first time in a while, all four generations are entering the work force- and volunteering- together.
This model, currently being used effectively in local GED programs, is a great way to allow students control of the classroom. It builds community. It also encourages active listening and student leadership.
The Fall 2012 issue of Notebook: Resources for the Adult Educator, is here! Notebook is a 16-page resource designed especially for teachers and tutors. It is published three times per year as a benefit for ProLiteracy members. Each article in Notebook describes a ready-to-use teaching idea related to reading, writing, listening and speaking, numeracy, or a practical application of literacy skills such as making a budget.
Meredith Sommers, ELL teacher at Centro Guadalupano, has written 5 lessons on the 2012 elections, updated from past years, and added a page on the two proposed amendments to the Minnesota Constitution in lesson 3.

To illustrate the linear nature of academic writing in English, try using the image of the train.

ECHO (Emergency and Community Health Outreach) is a local non-profit whose mission is to collaborate with diverse communities to deliver programs and services that help people be healthy, contribute, and succeed.

Give learners a structure within which they can reflect and develop language skills that allow them to express ideas in a safe environment, exchange opinions and arrive at conclusions.

Check it out—the Minnesota Literacy Council was just featured on WBEZ, Chicago’s public radio station! On their website, you will find two stories: one on the changes being made to the GED test and another that steps into the literacy council’s GED classes during the Shakespeare Project.

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