Hey everyone! It's hard to believe our class is already over! You should all be proud of yourselves. Everybody worked really hard in the class.
You worked especially hard on your presentations! I've embedded the class VoiceThread below so you can watch it again if you wish.
Good luck in your future classes. I enjoyed meeting and working with all of you, and I look forward to seeing you accomplish your goals in the future. Keep working hard!
Hey everyone! In class this morning, I shared a story about my cousin who posted a news article on Facebook. The news article looked real, but there were some clues that it was fake.
Clues you can use to decide if something is true or false are to first read the article. If it seems to be making claims that don't seem quite right, it might be false. Poor spelling and grammar are also clues. Another clue is to look at where the article comes from. Is it a well-known, unbiased website, or is it a website you've never heard of?
If you see something on the internet and you're not sure if it's true, a good resource to check first is www.snopes.com. They have a team of investigators who research stories on the Internet to find out if they're true or not. Then they write up a report and post it on the website.
Here is a link to the Snopes report about the article that my cousin shared: http://www.snopes.com/australia-becomes-first-country-to-begin-microchipping/
And remember - they can't put anything on the internet that isn't true!
Don't forget the TABE test is this Thursday. We will also collect your vocabulary quiz for Lesson 16 and your "Brilliant Blunder" handout. Keep working hard - we're almost done!
Everyone is working hard on ITTS again. That's good, because the TABE test is next Thursday! You'll do great...especially if you study our new vocabulary!
Here is the Quizlet set for our words this week:
Keep working hard, and have a great weekend!
Hey everyone! Annette and I have gotten a lot of questions about how to find the main idea of a reading over the last few weeks. Finding the main idea is a really important skill for both the TABE test as well as the GED test, so I found a couple of resources that should help you understand main ideas better.
The first resource is from BrainPOP, and it includes a short (4:32) animated movie about finding the main idea in a newspaper editorial. There is also a quiz you can take, activities to practice, and games you can play to help you understand more. Check it out here:
If you're ready for a challenge, I found another quiz - with 40 questions! - that you can practice with. Click the link below, then click "play this game" to start the quiz:
Keep working hard! Only four more classes to go!
Holy moly, we have some big words this week! Here is the new set of Quizlet flashcards to help you practice:
Remember, you can click "Comments" to ask questions or share example sentences you've come up with. Keep working hard!
Right now, everyone is in the computer lab quietly practicing for the TABE test using ITTS. Did you know that you can use ITTS from home, as long as you have an internet connection?
Your login is the same as it is at school: FirstnameLastname (no spaces), and your password is your Lastname. It's free, and with the TABE test coming up on October 6th, it's not a bad idea to get some extra practice in!
Other websites you can use for practicing for the TABE or GED tests are:
Keep working hard! Your score on the TABE test will determine whether you're ready to move up to ABE017.
If you're hoping to get your GED, the Constitution test is one of the easier tests to study for and pass. And if you're an immigrant, a lot of the questions overlap with the U.S. Citizenship test. We talked about this a little bit in class today, but if you want to learn more, here are a couple of websites to help you get started.
The first is a Quizlet quiz for some of the key vocabulary that you need in order to understand the Constitution. I didn't make this, but the teacher who did included a lot of pictures, which is nice!
The second website is from the Smithsonian Museum, the system of national museums in the U.S. It's intended to help immigrants prepare for the citizenship test, but it's a great way for natural-born citizens to brush up on their history and Constitutional knowledge:
To study, click on "Start Learning." If you want to try the questions, click on "Test Yourself."
Keep working hard, and see you next class!
Hey y'all! Sorry I missed class this morning. I'm at a meeting in Springfield today and tomorrow. I'm on the board of directors for IACEA (Illinois Adult and Continuing Education Association), and we have five meetings a year to plan our annual conference for adult educators and provide advocacy for adult education - especially important this year, since Illinois hasn't passed a budget yet!
Anyway, don't worry - I didn't forget about your vocabulary practice! Here is the link to the Quizlet activities for our new vocabulary words:
Comment below if you have any questions or want me to check your sample sentences. As always, keep working hard and I'll see you on Tuesday!
Hi everyone! Today I told you about a presentation project that we're going to work on in our book clubs. I know it looks a intimidating, but I promise you can do it!
We're going to use a combination of Microsoft PowerPoint and VoiceThread to create our presentations. PowerPoint will let you make your slides with pictures and text, and VoiceThread will allow you to record your comments. In my experience, it takes a lot longer to find the pictures you want to use than to put the presentation together!
Here is my example presentation for The Ironing Man again:
We also gave you the rubric that we'll use for scoring the presentations. If you lost yours or just don't have it handy, you can view it here:
How do you think I did with my presentation? Did I earn all 50 points?
We'll start working on these next Tuesday. Don't worry - you'll all do great!
Hey everyone! You all did a great job working on our new vocabulary in class this morning. Here is the latest Quizlet quiz so you can practice on your own:
Try to do all six of the vocabulary activities so you can learn the words "backwards and forwards!"
Homework for the weekend is pp. 111-112 in your vocabulary packet (due Tuesday) and the discrimination writing assignment and "Escape to Freedom" reading (due Thursday). Have a great weekend, and keep working hard!