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"Introducing CC.BetterLesson — a brand new, free resource from the BetterLesson team featuring the highest quality Common Core-aligned lessons created through our Master Teacher Project. This is a K-12 resource that could easily be adapted for adult education classrooms."

  • Resource type: Teacher-created material
  • Recommended by: Amy Vickers, Minneapolis Adult Education (email Amy)

In Their Own Words: Reading and Understanding through Paraphrasing

Metro Spring 2015 Regional - Vicki Estrem & Pam Ampferer

Effective paraphrasing builds students' reading and writing skills and boosts comprehension of complex texts. This valuable strategy can be used across all content areas with students of various reading levels. Summarized here are materials and techniques for teaching paraphrasing in various ABE contexts, including addressing paraphrasing for the GED 2014 Extended Response. (This session was geared toward teachers of intermediate to advanced readers and to both native and non-native speakers of English.)

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LearningExpress Library High School Equivalency Center

In the High School Equivalency Center of the LearningExpress Library, click on Prepare for the GED® Test to find a wealth of helpful information, including the Introduction to the 2014 GED® Test tutorial. This interactive tutorial offers you a comprehensive introduction to the new GED® test. You'll learn about the new test format, practice with the new question types, find out what is assessed on all four tests, and more. You will also find practice tests, tutorials and eBooks specific to the Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies tests.

  • Resource type: Website
  • Recommended by: Beth Staats, Minitex, U of MN Libraries and ELM Electronic Library for Minnesota (email Beth)


This is a great website with reading comprehension lessons at various reading levels. The lessons are research-based in areas of literature, science, social studies, etc. You can sign up and download the lessons.

ReadWriteThink - International Reading Association

"We have hundreds of standards-based lesson plans written and reviewed by educators using current research and the best instructional practices."

Texts and Lessons for Content Area Reading

Strategies and lessons using Informational texts from sources like NY Times, Washington Post, and Car and Driver. Articles can be photocopied. We like it because the articles are one pagers. Clear instructions for executing the lessons if you are new to the strategy.

  • Resource type: Text
  • Resource location: Heinemann and Amazon
  • Recommended by: Vicki Estrem, Minneapolis Adult Education; Pam Ampferer, St. Paul ABE (email Pam)