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CareerKit Project (NYSED/CUNY)

The NYSED/CUNY CareerKit Project is a library of hundreds of contextualized high-quality lessons that instructors can pick and choose from to suit the needs of their learners and program. The kits were developed to introduce learners to careers in ten different sectors, while also building core reading, writing, research and math skills.

Math Snacks: Fractions

Online activities and videos for supporting students' understanding of math concepts such as ratios, scale factors, fractions, number lines, and so on. Some activities may need additional language learning supports (i.e. for beginning English learners). Videos are also available in Spanish and in a printable "comic book" form.

Math Snacks: Ratios

Online activities and videos for supporting students' understanding of math concepts such as ratios, scale factors, fractions, number lines, and so on. Some activities may need additional language learning supports (i.e. for beginning English learners). Videos are also available in Spanish and in a printable "comic book" form.

Geometric Subitizing: A Different Kind of Number Talk

The discussion cards posted on this site can be used to discuss counting and grouping strategies with students. This could be a great way to engage students using vocabulary around numbers and shapes. 

Our School Garden

This project-based unit of instruction leads students through a process of writing, filming, editing, and showcasing their own videos about a community garden they have tended all summer.

Memory Quilt Project

After learning about the history of quilts, students create their own family trees, discuss how stories and traditions are passed down in their cultures, write about a significant person or event they want to memorialize, and finally create related memory squares that are made into a quilt.

Academic Debate Unit

This project-based academic debate unit ends with a service field trip. Over several weeks, students effectively develop and refute arguments; analyze controversial issues; evaluate evidence; and recognize opportunities for leadership.

Additional Comprehension Resources

ESL Literacy Readers offers 40 theme-based stories, a learner page, and a teacher's guide with ideas for reading activities and extensions. ESL Yes! offers 1600 stories intended for Beginning and Intermediate level ESL students, supplemented with audios and various kinds of exercises.

Tiered Sentence Combining (TSC, 2014)

Explicit sentence combining instruction can help them write sentences that are longer, more complex or interesting, and varied in structure. This evidence-based resource provides a starting point that may ultimately improve ABE students' sentence composition, complexity, and comprehension.

Online Writing Lab (OWL)

This website offers resources for understanding and teaching prewriting, outlining, paragraphing, quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, avoiding plagiarism, and many other writing skills for students at grade levels 7-12.

Making Sense of Decoding and Spelling

30 scripted lesson plans and related materials for teaching intermediate-level adult students how to accurately decode and spell multi-syllable words. It begins by reviewing short vowel syllables, continues with the most common and useful spelling patterns of English, and always applies taught skills to repeated readings of short passages.

Just Write! Guide

This resource from Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) “aims to help adult education instructors improve the writing instruction they already use in their programs.” It is not a curriculum, but a guide to increase familiarity with evidence-based writing instruction and translate research findings into teaching practices.

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.

In Common: Effective Writing for All Students

The writing samples included here are split into two types: on-demand writing and range of writing. The on-demand samples show progression of writing with one topic in K-5 and 6-12. The range of writing samples shows the possibilities for integrating writing tasks across content areas.

Grammar Bytes

A great resource for use with pre-GED, GED, diploma, college-prep learners and advanced ELLs. It can be used in the classroom with groups, during individual sessions with volunteers, or to help students build grammar skills at home or in an open lab.

Getting Started, Moving Forward with the CCRS Writing Standards

These two handouts provide nine reading-writing tasks that incorporate close readings of informative or narrative texts and writing production of sentences, paragraphs, or essays.

Every-Day Edits

This free website offers monthly sets of printable paragraphs for "everyday editing" by students at reading grade levels 3-8. All include ten errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, or capitalization. All include an answer key for immediate feedback.

English Grammar 101

This free website has 15 modules of multiple lessons (and reviews) on nouns, pronouns, verbs, sentence parts, adjectives/adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions/interjections, verbals/phrases, clauses, capitalization, punctuation, and troublesome words.

ELL Toolbox: Words Their Way – Spelling

The recommended spelling resource on this site is appropriate for both ELLs and native English-speaking students. Based on a spelling inventory, students work with level-appropriate word sorts to improve their knowledge of letter-sound-syllable patterns. The series of texts provide sequential word sorts for five spelling stages.

Diana’s ELL Writing Practice

This website is used as a companion to classroom writing instruction for Low Intermediate ELLs. Each of the 3 sections (Parts of Speech, Verb Tenses, and Sentences) has multiple lessons; all include a voiced-over video (based on class handouts) and quiz (multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank) with immediate feedback.

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MN Driver’s License Prep

The course focuses on the knowledge and requirements needed to pass the MN driver’s license written exam, based on the MN Driver’s Manual.  Focuses on road knowledge, traffic laws, vehicle operation and signage.

MN Driver’s Permit

This course is written for a wide range of learners who want support studying for the MN Knowledge (Written) Exam.  The course follows the Minnesota Driver’s Manual chapters 1-8.

Minnesota Driver’s License Written Exam Prep

This class is designed to help unlicensed adult drivers become familiar with the basic vocabulary, signs and rules of the road so they can successfully pass the written portion for their Minnesota Driver’s License. The course covers most of the topics in the Minnesota driver’s education manual.

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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

August 1, 2019 1:00 pm–12:00 pm
ATLAS
Northwest Technical College
905 Grant Ave SE
Bemidji, 56601

NW EBRI Training: Bridging Alphabetics and Fluency Across Levels

Northwest Technical College
905 Grant Ave SE
Bemidji, 56601

Registration Deadline: MON. 7/15/19 Presented by Marn Frank, ATLAS Literacy & STAR Coordinator: Thursday, August 1 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. AND Friday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon This afternoon and morning training over two days is focused on alphabetics and fluency, also known… Learn More

Northwest Technical College
905 Grant Ave SE
Bemidji, 56601
August 1, 2019 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council
Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

An Overview of Karen History, Culture and Language

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

Registration Deadline: THU. 8/1/19 The Karen are an ethnic group from the mountainous border regions of Burma and Thailand. They have long been subject to persecution and ethnic cleansing by the Burmese government, leading to their resettlement to Minnesota. There are approximately 17,000 Karen living in Minnesota, and… Learn More

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
August 14, 2019 12:00 am–11:59 pm
Literacy Action Network
St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center
10 - 4th Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301 United States

2019 ABE Summer Institute

St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center
10 - 4th Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301 United States

Registration Deadline: WED. 8/14/19 (NOTE: Registrations after July 19 will incur a $25 late fee. Cancellations will not be accepted after July 26; no refunds will be granted after this deadline.) ABE Summer Institute is Minnesota’s annual statewide Adult Basic Education conference. The Institute is co-sponsored by Literacy Action Network… Learn More

St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center
10 - 4th Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301 United States