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In Their Own Words: Reading and Understanding Through Paraphrasing

Effective paraphrasing builds students' reading and writing skills and boosts comprehension of complex texts. Summarized here are materials and techniques for teaching paraphrasing in various ABE contexts, including addressing paraphrasing for the GED 2014 Extended Response.

Vocabulary Lessons

This online vocabulary curriculum includes 38 lessons. Each lesson is focused on 5 Tier 2 (or academic) words and provides a Knowledge Rating Scale, definitions, synonyms/antonyms, examples, and guided practice activities. It is useful for Intermediate level students.

Text Structures

Each printable text structure activity provides six short passages and a worksheet for identifying each passage’s text structure (chronological, compare and contrast, cause and effect, sequence, problem and solution) and completing a related graphic organizer.

Britannica School Elementary

This website offers non-fiction articles at Reading Levels 1-2 and related images, videos, maps, and learning games. The articles are categorized by many categories, and users can select the reading level, adjust the font size, email or print copies, and listen to the text with a Read Aloud option.

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iPads and Tablets in the LESLLA Classroom

With suggestions of iPad/tablet apps that build reading foundations skills, numeracy, and digital literacy for ESL learners with limited or interrupted formal education, this list can help integrate ABE standards in a targeted, self-paced, and differentiated manner.

ACP Program Development for Managers

Minnesota's ACP Program Development Cohort provides ABE managers with a facilitated, supported, year-long cohort as they work to create or strengthen a career pathway program in collaboration with WIOA partners in their localities. Key features include an experiential learning approach, a mix of face-to-face and online interaction and presentation, peer partners, coaching calls, goal-setting, and local action steps.

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MN ABE YouTube Channel

The MN ABE YouTube Channel is a free online PD resource that you can use to explore teaching techniques and classroom ideas in action! Find out more in this MN ABE Connect newsletter article.

Upcoming ABE Events

December 10, 2019 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
Literacy Action Network
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Teacher Recruitment and Professional Development

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Registration Deadline:  TUES. 12/10/19 Join us for the second in a series of four webinars geared toward ABE Managers.  This webinar will focus on strategies for teacher recruitment, ideas for offering PD locally and a review of state-wide PD opportunities.  The webinar will allow for Q and A… Learn More

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December 12, 2019 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council
Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Integrating Pronunciation into Adult ESL Lessons

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Registration Deadline: THU. 12/12/19 All classroom assistants want to be as effective as possible. Whether you are a new or experienced classroom assistant, this workshop will help you develop your teaching skills so that you can better support the classroom teacher and learners. Gain practice leading… Learn More

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
December 16, 2019 3:00 pm–4:15 pm
Burlington English
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Prepare for CASAS: Test Practice & Reporting – BurlingtonEnglish

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Do you want to help your students improve their performance on their NRS assessments? Join us and other teachers to learn how Test Practice and Progress Reporting within Prepare for CASAS can help your students improve their test-taking skills, achieve higher test scores, and increase their English language proficiency. Prerequisites: On-Demand… Learn More

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