2014 GED® Test Teacher Resources

2014 GED® Test Teacher Resources

With the changes of the 2014 GED® Test, it's important for teachers to know the changes and have resources to help students meet the new expectations. This page is intended to share professional development and instructional resources that have been shared through the MN Supplemental Services grant work completed 2013-2016. Resources formerly housed at 2014inMN.org can be found here.

For the most up-to-date information about the 2014 GED® Test, checkout the GED Testing Services website

Professional Development Training Opportunities

Reoccurring Online Courses

You will need to create a free account to access these courses.  Work through the courses independently, or if possible, with a small discussion group to gain more experience with these topics!

Engaging Adult Learners in Science:  This 2.5 hour self-paced, free online course offered by LINCS addresses many of the science topics of interest to teachers preparing for the 2014 GED test, including the scientific method, the scientific practices, scientific literacy, links to science-related nonfiction texts, and example classroom activities. 

Scientific Practices in Context:  This 3 hour self-paced, free online course offered by LINCS provides guidance on where to find credible science resources and an introduction to teaching science in context.  Additionally it reviews the teaching and learning cycle, focusing on curriculum design, including lesson planning and development within the context of an adult education science unit.

Archived Webinars and Workshops

The following webinars are from instructor's initial reflections about the GED Ready tests recorded in January 2015. Click on the link to download and view the desired recording.

Download: Reflections on GED Ready, Mathematical Reasoning.wmv


Download: Reflections on GED Ready, Science.wmv


Download: Reflections on GED Ready, Social Studies.wmv


Download: Reflections on GED Ready, Reasoning through Language Arts.wmv


Math Instructional Resources

Introducing the E-quip Math PD Series

ATLAS, MNI alumni, and the MN 2014 GED PD initiative have teamed up to bring you a series of enhanced webinar experiences, all focused on the 2014 GED math content areas that MN ABE practitioners highlighted as areas of need. Preparation and follow-up materials are also available for each episode. 

Additional Resources

Download: GED 2014 math materials correlation.docx


Download: math assessment targets.docx


Download: math assessment target indicators.docx


Download: math reporting categories and practices.docx


Download: mathematics formula sheet.docx


Download: calculator reference sheet.pdf


Download: spring regionals 2013 - mathematical reasoning.pptx


RLA Instructional Resources

2014 Fall Regionals - Writing Institute

The Writing Institute was a day-long professional development opportunity on writing instruction. Throughout this training participants reviewed the writing for the 2014 GED extended response items, looked at the connection between GED and the CCRS, and explored teaching strategies for the competencies needed to pass the 2014 GED and be college and career ready. In this section teachers will find the PowerPoints and other resources that were shared during the Writing Institute workshop sessions.

Download: GED 2014 language arts materials correlation.docx


Download: RLA writing lesson example chocolate milk.docx


Download: RLA - The Great American Conversation lesson example_1.docx


Download: spring regionals 2013 - Reasoning through Language Arts.pptx


Creating a Learning Plan

Take time to dig into the standards learners need to pass the writing portions of the GED 2014 and develop a learning plan for the students in your context. Presenters shared promising practices for instructional strategies for scaffolding student learning.

Learning Plan Workshop PPT --  Dig into the standards learners need to pass the writing portions of the GED 2014 and develop a learning plan for the students in your context.

Download: Learning Plan Workshop Presentation.pptx

Learning Plan Handouts 1  --  A review of argument writing and an exercise to practice the extended writing for the 2014 GED

Download: Learning Plan Handout 1 of 8.pdf

Learning Plan Handouts 2  --  College and Career Readiness Standard (CCRS) anchors that apply directly to the Extended Writing for the 2014 GED and the GED competencies that are addressed by these CCRS with what it might look like at different skill levels

Download: Learning Plan - Handouts 2 of 8.pdf

Learning Plan Handouts 3  --  Some strategies for scaffolding writing instruction, a review of differentiation in the classroom, and an example of a text a different reading levels for use in a multi-level classroom

Download: Learning Plan - Handouts 3 of 8.pdf

Learning Plan Handouts 4 --  An example exercise for identifying themes and instructional strategy ideas for addressing the 2014 GED competencies for CCRS Writing Anchor 9

Download: Learning Plan - Handouts 4 of 8.pdf

Learning Plan Handouts 5  --  An example exercise for practicing paraphrasing and other instructional strategies that address the 2014 GED competencies for CCRS Writing Anchor 8

Download: Learning Plan - Handouts 5 of 8.pdf

Learning Plan Handouts 6  --  An exercise to prepare students for argument writing and other instructional strategies to address the 2014 GED competencies for CCRS Writing Anchor 1

Download: Learning Plan - Handouts 6 of 8.pdf

Learning Plan Handouts 7  --  An annotated writing sample provided by GED

Download: Learning Plan - Handouts 7 of 8.pdf

Learning Plan Handouts 8 --  Steps for Drafting a Constructed Response provided by GED

Download: Learning Plan - Handouts 8 of 8.pdf


Creating a Plan for Assessment and Feedback

Everyone knows students make more improvement with quality feedback, but developing something that is useful and manageable can seem overwhelming. Presenters will share what effective feedback in writing looks like, promising practices for providing effective feedback, and explore how to use the GED writing rubrics in assessing student writing and providing feedback. Practitioners will have guided time to begin developing an assessment and feedback system for their context that is effective and sustainable.

Assessment & Feedback Workshop PPT --  Take a look at the characteristics of effective feedback, practice using rubrics and communicating feedback to students, and explore strategies that other teachers are using for assessment and feedback.

Download: Assessment & Feedback Workshop Presentation.pptx

Assessment & Feeback Handouts 1  --  Accessing the source texts for the 2014 GED Ready extended response prompts

Download: Assessment & Feedback - Handouts 1 of 4.pdf

Assessment & Feedback Handouts 2  --  Reformatted rubrics for the 2014 GED extended response questions for RLA and Social Studies, simplified rubrics for general classroom use, and practice using rubrics with student writing

Download: Assessment & Feedback - Handouts 2 of 4.pdf

Assessment & Feedback Handouts 3  --  A sample of questions to give students feedback about, sample worksheets to provide focused and balanced feedback for RLA and Social Studies, an example of classroom activities for providing feedback, an example worksheet for use with peer editing, and practice providing feedback for student writing

Download: Assessment & Feedback - Handouts 3 of 4.pdf

Assessment & Feedback Handout 4  --  Suggestions for providing assessing student writing and strategies teachers are using to assess and provide feedback in effective and sustainable ways.

Download: Assessment & Feedback - Handouts 4 of 4.pdf


Science Instructional Resources

You will need to create a free account to access these courses.  Work through the courses independently, or if possible, with a small discussion group to gain more experience with these topics!

Engaging Adult Learners in Science:  This 2.5 hour self-paced, free online course offered by LINCS addresses many of the science topics of interest to teachers preparing for the 2014 GED test, including the scientific method, the scientific practices, scientific literacy, links to science-related nonfiction texts, and example classroom activities. 

Scientific Practices in Context:  This 3 hour self-paced, free online course offered by LINCS provides guidance on where to find credible science resources and an introduction to teaching science in context.  Additionally it reviews the teaching and learning cycle, focusing on curriculum design, including lesson planning and development within the context of an adult education science unit.

Additional Resources

Download: GED 2014 science materials correlation.docx


Download: the scientific method.doc


Download: five types of reactions.doc


Download: life science activity - onion DNA extraction.doc


Download: spring regionals 2013 - science and social studies.ppt


Social Studies Instructional Resources

Links recommended by MN ABE teachers

Hip Hughes History:  Videos on many topics from history

History on the Net:  A lesson about primary and secondary sources related to the Titanic

Library of Congress:  An amazing resource of primary source documents

Literacy Design Collaborative:  Detailed lesson plans

 Additional Resources

Download: GED 2014 social studies materials correlation.docx


Download: spring regionals 2013 presentation - science and social studies.ppt


GEAR UP Writing Webinar Series

GEAR UP webinars have the dual purpose of providing GED® content review for teachers and providing related teaching strategies, including sample lesson plans and curriculum resources. Prior to each webinar, the Gear Up series offers “pre-work” readings and/or web activities that teachers can access in order to build their background knowledge before attending the webinar, as needed. 

Writing Webinars

Episode 1: Writing for the Social Studies Test This material has been removed from the GED 2014 test. However, the resources are still valuable for instruction.

PowerPoint for the Writing for the Social Studies Test webinar

Download: Writing for the Social Studies Test Presentation.ppt

Definitions and examples of primary and secondary sources

Download: What are primary and secondary sources?.pdf

Template for content cards for social studies assessment targets

Download: Content Cards Template.docx

Template for enduring issues for the social studies assessment targets

Download: Enduring Issues Cards Template.docx

Lesson plan from Deliberating in a Democracy

Download: Principles of Democracy Lesson Plan.pdf

Lesson plan from the Library of Congress

Download: Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan.pdf

Lesson plan from Gilder Lehman's Teaching Literacy through History using the Preamble to the US Constitution, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Declaration of Independence

Download: Defining American Democracy Lesson Plan.pdf

Questions to guide students through an example social studies extended response prompt

Download: Voting Age Writing Prompt.pdf

Sample texts for the social studies extended response prompt

Download: Amendment 15 Writing Prompt Texts.pdf

List of websites for sources and resources referenced in Episode 1

Download: Episode 1 Resource List.docx

Additional Websites

Standford History Education Group

National Archives

Library of Congress

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Cartoons for the Classroom

Deliberating in a Democracy

iCivics

Appalachian State University Adult Basic Skills Professional Development

Teaching Civics

Bill of Rights Institute

Episode 2: Identifying and Evaluating Evidence Reviews strategies for identifying and evaluating evidence with learners at various skill levels

Identifying and Evaluating Evidence PPT

Download: Identifying and Evaluating Evidence Presentation.pptx

Different Kinds of Supporting Details

Download: Different Kinds of Supporting Details.docx

Examples of Evidence

Download: examples of evidence.docx

Classifying Valid & Invalid Evidence

Download: Classifying Valid and Invalid Evidence.pdf

Valid Evidence Sample Exercise

Download: Valid Evidence Sample Exercise.doc

NY Times: What's Going on in This Picture?

Download: NY Times: Picture of the Week.docx

Argumentative Essay Graphic Organizer

Download: Argumentative Essay Grahpic Organizer.docx

Simple Graphic Organizer for Evidence-based Writing

Download: Simple Graphic Organizer for Evidence-based Writing.docx

Questioning the Author

Download: Questioning the Author.pdf

RLA Observation SLC Lesson Plan

Download: RLA Observation SLC Lesson Plan.doc

An Extended Look at the Extended Response Lesson Plan

Download: Extended Look at the Extended Response Lesson Plan.docx

Evidence for an Argument

Download: Evidence for an Argument.docx

Website Resource List  --  List of websites for sources and resources referenced in Episode 2

Download: Episode 2 Resource List.docx


Episode 3: Paraphrasing Evidence This webinar will review strategies for paraphrasing to improve writing skills, increase comprehension of challenging reading material, and become better test-takers. We will discuss activities to scaffold writing and review the components of teaching students to paraphrase as they read academic passages. Participants will receive materials to download for classroom use.

Paraphrasing Evidence PPT

Download: Paraphrasing Evidence Presenation.pptx

Materials Packet for Paraphrasing Webinar

Download: Webinar Materials for Paraphrasing.docx

Paraphrasing Evidence Website & Resources

Download: Episode 3 resource list.docx


Episode 4: Writing an Argument In this webinar, participants will learn about the basic structure of an argument. We will explore some free online resources for finding readings about topical issues that could be used as the basis for practice with argument writing. The presenter will share some graphic organizers and sentence frames to help with scaffolding lessons. Participants will be actively engaged during this webinar and will complete a number of hands-on activities.

Writing an Argument PPT

Download: Writing an Argument Presentation.ppt

Media Bias Article 1

Download: Media Bias Article 1.pdf

Media Bias Article 2

Download: Media Bias Article 2.pdf

Webinar Materials Packet

Download: Webinar Materials for Writing an Argument.pdf

Argument Writing Idea Chart

Download: Argument Writing Idea Chart.docx

Writing an Arugment Websites & Resource List

Download: Episode 4 resource list.docx


GEAR UP Science Webinar Series

GEAR UP webinars have the dual purpose of providing GED® content review for teachers and providing related teaching strategies, including sample lesson plans and curriculum resources. Prior to each webinar, the Gear Up series offers “pre-work” readings and/or web activities that teachers can access in order to build their background knowledge before attending the webinar, as needed. 


Episode 1: Essential Science Toolkit This engaging webinar will provide an overview of the content topics, focusing themes, and science practices covered on the 2014 GED® science test. The presenters will highlight essential science topics with instructional resources that will prepare students for the test. Also, participants will explore great online tools and resources for science instruction.

Essential Science Toolkit Presentation PPT

Download: Essential Science Toolkit Presentation.ppt

Integrated Science Lesson Plan

Download: Integrated Science Lesson Plan.docx

Handout 1 - Integrated Lesson Vocabulary

Download: Integrated Lesson Vocabulary - photosynthesis cellular respiration.docx

Handout 2 - Integrated Lesson Content

Download: Integrated Lesson Content - photosynthesis cellular respiration.docx

Science Assessment Guide

Download: Science Assessment Guide.pdf

Academic Vocabulary for Science

Download: Academic Science Vocabulary.docx

Scaffolding FAQ

Download: Scaffolding FAQ sheet.docx

Instructional Resource List

Download: Episode 1 Resource List.docx

Episode 2: Preparing Your Students for the Science Test: Scientific Method Scientific method isn't just for scientists; it helps students in so many areas of their lives and learning. It is also a critical part of your students’ success in passing the 2014 GED® science test. Not only is it needed in the multiple-choice section, but also it is essential to the short answer portion of the test. Participants in this webinar will explore the scientific method and how they can use it to help their students improve their critical thinking and reasoning skills. They will also get some very user-friendly lessons and ready-to-use resources to help students learn the scientific method.

Scientific Method Presentation PPT

Download: Scientific Method Presentation.pptx

Daphnia Experiment

Download: daphnia experiment.pdf

Graphic Organizer

Download: daphnia graphic organizer example.pdf

Graphic Organizer Template

Download: graphic organizer template.pdf

Design an Experiment Template

Download: Designing An Experiment template.pdf

Evolution Story

Download: Evolution Story Handout.pdf


Episode 3: Science Shorts - Writing Strategies and Resources for the Science Short Response Questions The short answer questions are new additions to the GED science test. This webinar will not only provide an overview of the type of questions that students will encounter, but, more importantly, it will explore various science and language arts teaching practices that will give students more confidence when drafting their responses. The webinar will also address methods to assess the short answer questions and provide suggestions for feedback. Moreover, plenty of multi-level resources will be reviewed during the session that you can immediately utilize in your classroom.

Science Shorts Presentation PPT

Download: Science Shorts Presentation.pptx

Sample Short Response Prompts

Download: Sample Short Response Prompts.pdf

Science Vocabulary Cards

Download: Science Vocabulary Cards.pdf

Science Vocabulary Taboo Cards

Download: Science Vocabulary Taboo Cards.pdf

Science Vocabulary Activity

Download: Science Vocabulary Activity.pdf

Science Short Response Prompt

Download: Science Short Response Prompts.pdf

The Wonderful World of Science

Download: The Wonderful World of Science.pdf

Graphic Organizer for the Short Response

Download: Short Response Graphic Organizer.pdf

Drawing Conclusions Lesson

Download: Drawing Conclusions Lesson.pdf

Science Experiment Activity

Download: Science Experiment Activity.pdf

The Process of Scientific Inquiry

Download: The Process of Scientific Inquiry.pdf

Experimental Design Practice

Download: Experimental Design Practice.pdf

Experimental Short Response Activity

Download: Short Response Experiment Activity.pdf

Short Response Scoring Guide Information

Download: Short Response Scoring Guide.pdf

Annotated Short Responses

Download: Annotated Short Responses.pdf

Short Response Excerpt, Prompt, and Scoring Guide

Download: Short Response Excerpt, Prompt, and Scoring Guide.pdf


Program Administration

Feeling overwhelmed about locating specific GED testing information and policies?  Below are links that will take you directly to the information you need.

For information on becoming a GED Testing Center, click here.

For information regarding 2014 GED® testing policies, click here.

For information on the discounted test retake program, click here.

For information on test payment options for students, click here

Are you still looking for more information?  Try checking out GED Testing Service's FAQ section.  

 

Program Planning Tool

Download: GED 2014 Program Planning Tool.docx

Personal PD Plan

Download: GED 2014 Personal Professional Development Planning Tool.doc

Presentation: Spring 2013 Managers Meetings

Download: Spring 2013 Managers Meeting Presentation.pptx

Adult Options GED Program Checklists  --  Sample GED readiness checklists from Adult Options to adapt for use in your program.

Download: Adult Options GED Program Checklists.pdf

GED Program Logistics Planning Activity  --  An interactive activity for figuring out the logistical details of GED preparation in your context

Download: GED Program Logistics Planning Activity.docx


General Resources

Below are links to general resources related to the 2014 GED®

GED Testing Service®

ATLAS 2014 GED® Classroom Resources

 

Summary of 2014 GED®

Download: Summary of 2014 GED.pdf

Introduction to the 2014 GED® Test

Download: Introduction to the 2014 GED tests.pdf

Instructional Shifts

Download: Instructional Shifts for the 2014 GED.pdf


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