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Adult ELL Pathway to Literacy

Find the Adult ELL Pathway to Literacy curriculum and online assessment tools here. These resources were developed by a team of literacy level teachers, and piloted with in-person and online classes of literacy level learners.

Physical Science Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Physical Science. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Nature of Science & Engineering Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Nature of Science & Engineering. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Life Science Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Life Science. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Earth & Space Science Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Earth & Space Science. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

U.S. Government Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma compentencies in U.S. Government. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Geography Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma compentencies in Geography. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

History Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in History. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Economics Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Economics. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Rubrics for Providing Writing Feedback

These two rubrics were created by Stephanie Sommers, Writing Curriculum Team Lead with Minneapolis Adult Education. They are examples of single point rubrics, a format with "at target" expectations in a middle column, a blank column to the left for "below target," and another blank column to the right for "above target." This provides students with specific and valuable teacher feedback for improving their performance.

Implicit Bias Test

The Implicit Association Test (IAT) is an initiative of Project Implicit, an international nonprofit collaborative that researches "thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control." The IAT consists of a series of tests that can be taken to measure personal attitudes on race, religion, gender and sexual identity, ability, age, etc., as a first step towards addressing implicit bias.

Anti-Racist Educator Self-Examination and Questionnaire

This working document is intended be used as a tool for educators to reflect on their own pedagogical assumptions, biases, backgrounds, and preconceived notions, with a view to enabling teachers to intentionally create anti-racist classes.

The Joy of ESL with Teacher Kelly

Find great examples of lower level assessment tools, including needs assessments, rubrics and checklists, and self-assessment resources that can be adapted for various topics and content.

e-Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA) Processes and Scoring for Teachers and Testers

A PDF companion to the other e-DRA slides and documents that: (1) outlines standard testing processes step-by-step, (2) supports accurate scoring and determination of Grade, Mastery, and Instructional Levels, and (3) provides text-dependent comprehension questions.

Comprehension Interview

The Comprehension Interview is an informal tool for asking students about their reading habits, content choices, and use of strategies before, during, or after reading. Although optional, it does inform which strategies need to be taught during limited instructional time.

BADER Comprehension

BADER Comprehension includes graded passages for assessing students’ Mastery Levels (the highest level where they orally answered 75% of text-dependent questions correctly) and determining their Instructional Levels (by adding one).

BADER Fluency

BADER Fluency includes graded passages for assessing and determining students’ Instructional Levels (typically, within a range of two, where they struggled with word accuracy, appropriate rate, and meaningful phrasing).

Sylvia Greene’s Informal Word Analysis Inventory

Sylvia Greene’s Informal Word Analysis Inventory includes sequential word lists for assessing students’ phonics knowledge (not GE or Level). It can be presented as an individual reading test or dictated as a group spelling test. The results determine starting points for teaching the many consonant and vowel patterns used in the English language.

Word Reading Test

The Word Reading Test includes graded word lists for assessing students’ quick and correct word recognition (not perfect pronunciation) and determining Mastery Grade Equivalents (or GE). Generally, Mastery GE 1-3 indicates need for phonics instruction and Mastery GE 4-8 indicates readiness for multisyllable decoding skills.

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Climate Generation

Climate Generation offers a suite of Grades 3-12 curriculum resources in the form of curriculum guides, as well as online modules that can be downloaded for free. All of these resources are standards-based and interdisciplinary. In addition, there are lessons focusing on energy use and those using polar expedition journals documenting climate change in the arctic.

Science News for Students

Science News for Students publishes stories about recent research and current events across the full breadth of STEM fields. Power Words are defined at the end of each article.

The Biology Corner

The Biology Corner is a resource site for introductory to more advanced levels in biology. Student handouts, quizzes, and PowerPoint presentations reinforce science concepts. Simple lab investigations give students the opportunity to observe, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions, all skills for scientific thinking.

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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.

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