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Matching Readers with Texts and Tasks

Participants review how to interpret quantitative Lexile or ATOS scores of text complexity and apply text complexity measures to classroom situations to aid in choosing texts and activities.

New Academic Word List (NAWL) Finder and Sorter

EAPFoundation.com offers a free electronic tool for finding, highlighting, and sorting academic words within texts. Their word source is the New Academic Word List or NAWL, a recent update of the Academic Word List or AWL. There is also the option of creating a simple, head word, or word family gapfill, where the found academic words become blanks in the text. 

Teaching and Assessing Understanding of Text Structures Across Grades

This article summarizes the research on teaching text structures and discusses implications for instruction across grade levels.

Academic Word Finder

The Academic Word Finder is a free electronic tool from Achieve the Core that quickly identifies academic words in copied and pasted texts. It is not intended to "replace teacher judgment; rather, it helps to support the teacher and identify the most useful academic words."

Achieve the Core – ELA Standards

The site describes itself as "full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core and other college and career ready standards." Resources include CCRS-aligned lessons, activities, assessments and more, but also materials to support educators in understanding the standards and the content.

What does text complexity mean for English learners and language minority students?

In this paper, the authors demonstrate how English learners can be provided with strategies for accessing complex texts, such as closely examining one sentence at a time, and argue that instruction must go beyond vocabulary and should begin with an examination of our beliefs about language, literacy and learning.

Choosing Complex Text

This video from ReadWriteThink features a first-grade teacher talking through the steps that she uses to select a complex text for her class. The strategies that are described are easily adapted to adult EL classrooms.

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CCRS in the ABE Classroom: Literacy Level ESL

This lesson focuses on Shift 1: Complexity; Reading Anchor 1, Levels A and B; Reading Anchor 2, Level A; Speaking and Listening Anchor 2, Level A; and Reading Foundations Anchors 1 and 2. The learners: 1) Ask and answer questions about key details in a text, 2) Ask and answer wh- questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, 3) Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text, 4) Confirm understanding of an oral text by asking and answering questions, and 5) Isolate the initial and final sounds of spoken words. 

CCRS in the ABE Classroom: Beginning ESL

This lesson focuses on Shift 2: Evidence; Reading Anchors 1, 3, and 7, Level A; Speaking and Listening Anchors 1 and 6, Level A; and Language Anchor 1. The learners: 1) Ask and answer questions about key details in a text, 2) Describe the connection between individuals, 3) Use illustrations to describe key ideas, 4) Speak audibly, express thoughts clearly and succinctly, 5) Follow rules for discussions & responding to comments/questions in an exchange, and 6) Understand and use question words, possessive pronouns, and the progressive verb tense.

CCRS Classroom Videos – ESL

Want to see the CCRS (College & Career Readiness Standards) in action in an ESL classroom, but don’t have time to get out and observe your colleagues? Look no further than these wonderful classroom videos featuring seasoned instructors from Literacy Minnesota as they expertly implement the…

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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

March 3, 2020 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
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Creating Adult Career Pathways in a One-Room Schoolhouse Setting

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Registration Deadline: TUES. 3/3/20 Career pathways are a key component of MN Adult Education.  All over the state, students are preparing for careers in a wide range of sectors while improving basic skills.  How can we deliver this important instruction in a one-room schoolhouses? Join our… Learn More

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March 5, 2020 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
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Read Theory: Everything you Need to Know to Get Your Learners Reading Online

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Registration Deadline: THU. 3/5/20 In this session, Adam Kieffer from the Hubbs Center will provide an overview of the online learning site Read Theory, and how you can begin using it for ABE distance learning. Read Theory is a free, mobile-friendly, easy-to-use reading comprehension… Learn More

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March 6, 2020 8:00 am–3:00 pm
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Double Tree Roseville (formerly Radisson Hotel Roseville)
2540 N. Cleveland Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113 United States

Metro ABE Spring 2020 Regional

Double Tree Roseville (formerly Radisson Hotel Roseville)
2540 N. Cleveland Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113 United States

Registration Deadline: FRI. 2/28/20 (NOTE: Registrations after 2/28/20 will incur a $15 late fee) Event Location:  DoubleTree by Hilton Roseville (formerly Radisson Roseville) Event Flyer/Schedule: FLYER Cancellation Policy: Due to non-refundable costs incurred for venue bookings and catering, registrations cancelled less than… Learn More

Double Tree Roseville (formerly Radisson Hotel Roseville)
2540 N. Cleveland Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113 United States