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Showing Evidence Using Academic Language with Low Literacy Learners

Participants in this workout practice scaffolding a lesson in which literacy level learners can use academic language to show evidence in a text.

Playing with Text Dependent Questions

Participants in this ELA Teacher Workout strengthen an existing set of text questions to more strongly align to one or more CCR Standards and create questions that inspire readers to engage with text and fellow students.

The Times in Plain English

This website contains free "Plain English Version" articles about current world and national news or events. All of the articles are edited by Arthur Schiff and grade-leveled according to Flesch-Kincaid. In addition to articles, the website offers Tips for Teachers, which provides text-dependent questions.

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.

Suggested Question Stems & Frames for Close Reading

Use these CCRS reading question stems and frames to create text-dependent questions for use in close reading of texts. These stems and questions will also help prepare students for new NRS tests.

Text-Dependent Question Stems & Frames to Reach CCRS Reading Anchors (Levels A-B)

How can we ask text-dependent questions (TDQs) at lower levels, when students' English language and literacy is still emerging? This handout offers a range of question stems and TDQ ideas for teachers at low-levels (CCRS A & B).

ReadWorks.org

ReadWorks provides a large, high-quality library of curated nonfiction and literary articles, along with reading comprehension and vocabulary lessons, formative assessments, and teacher guidance. Through this website teachers can access curriculum, lesson plans, and free training.

Depend on the Text! How to Create Text-Dependent Questions

In this video from ReadWriteThink, a first-grade teacher demonstrates the process she uses to create text-dependent questions around a reading text. 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