Adult Learning Zone: A Designers for Learning Project

This group's purpose is to repurpose and create open educational resources (OER) for adult basic education instructors and learners. The OER shared in this group were designed by volunteers contributing on service projects facilitated by Designers for Learning, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the US. Designers for Learning coordinates volunteer instructional design service-learning opportunities with those who seek to gain experience creating instruction and other types of performance improvement solutions for nonprofits and other social causes.
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Creating an E-Portfolio Published

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You would have to simulate a scenario where they have graduated and are preparing themselves for the workforce.They will be reflecting among themselves to identify the experiences, character traits, goals and objectives that are closest to them. They will use these items that they have identified and look towards creating an interactive medium. They will look for you on feedback to improve the interactive medium that they have created, to see if it's relevant to the learners or not. You will have to be familiar with the rapid growth of educational technology, these include platforms that will showcase the portfoliosPathbrite - An easy way of creating an E-Portfolio and placing your reflections and experiences into.About.me - This is an easy portfolio builder that acts as a start up page to link you to your videos or images. It even provides a free email signature as wellWeebly -  Weebly is a drag and drop no frills web page builder. It is really easy and intuitive to use.Wix - Wix is similar to Weebly, it is also a page builder for building up your own web page. Wordpress - Create a wordpress site that stores all the relevant information available on the site.It will also include interactive media that will be used to create different forms of videos, animations and images.Canva - Canva allows you to create images such as resumes and infographics that will present your learner's journey.Powtoons - Powtoons allows you to create animations that will highlight your experiences to your future employers

Material Type: Module

Author: barry ng

Main Idea-Details-Sugar glider

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This lesson is aimed at finding the main idea and details in an informational text. The text is at grade C reading level. The learner should be able to identify, sort, state and write the central idea and it’s supporting details in a given text. The terms central idea, theme, thesis, mainly about, will be used as synonymous with the main idea of a text. The students will create a brochure/flyer, conduct research and build fluency during the course of this lesson.

Material Type: Assessment, Diagram/Illustration, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Sandhya L.

Internet Searches: Selecting appropriate sources

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Learners use the internet to collect information for school or daily life. Search engines can produce an excessive number of potential sources, even when filtering the search. This lesson will teach the adult learner a stepwise approach to defining key words, specifying criteria, and evaluating the appropriateness of sources. The learner will develop a customized checklist for the search and demonstrate the acquired knowledge of selecting appropriate sources.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Amanda Weber

Evidence and Inference: You live there?

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Developed for students in advanced ESL/ELL classes as well as for native English speakers with low reading skills, this group lesson focuses on the formulation of inferences, and the relevant explicit details which support each inference. The initial presentation highlights the skill of making inferences in a real-world context, then transitions to the literary context. Students read selected chapters of The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros, a core text in many junior high and high school curricula across the United States. The students read out loud. Then, in groups they formulate inferences based on what they have read. Using sentence strips, they summarize the inference as well as cite the textual details which support each inference.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Patricia Petherbridge-Hernandez

Reading and Analyzing Text in the Context of a Societal Issue: Privacy

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This lesson is designed for students in adult basic education grade level E (low and high adult secondary education). The purpose of this lesson is to develop student proficiency in reading and analyzing text. The lesson topic is the issue of an individual’s right to privacy as balanced with the government’s responsibility for security of its citizens.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Cheryl Clark

Planning a kitchen garden– plant what where?

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The target audience of this lesson are adult learners at basic level who may have reading difficulties or need to refresh or improve their reading fluency and who have an interest in agriculture or gardening. The lesson can optionally be based upon principles of Systemic Functional Grammar and it is built around planning a small garden, with potential for tie-in to a hands on project. The lesson aims to help learners construct a mental model from a text; enable learners to answer 'what' and 'where' questions about key details in a text; and help learners develop reading skills and strategies which may later be useful in examinations like the GED.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: david cowell

Use vocabulary and role playing to help Learners in Adult Basic Education have better chances of positive interactions with Law Enforcement (police, cops, security, etc)

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Interacting with law enforcement can be a very negative experience. This lesson provides vocabulary and body language exercises that may help students have more positive interactions with police. The ‘ponder’ activities are designed to give students tools to change how they are perceived.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Simulation

Author: Edward Wilson

Job Ads and Applicants: Elementary Discussion

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This group-work lesson is designed for students with beginner to low-intermediate communication skills. The purpose of this lesson is to help students to familiarize themselves with basic elements of job ads (e.g. job title, role responsibilities, minimum qualifications, and company description), and how to compare the description in these categories to target job applicants. Through this lesson, students will learn how to analyze a job advertisement and match example job applicants to the target job. They will also work to improve their discussion skills.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Martin Tuttle

Main Idea and Details

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This module is intended for students who are working to acquire their GED. The reading level is Level C which is 4-5th grade with a high interest reading for students who enjoy cars. This is intended for a class lesson or one on one instruction. There are interactive, independent, reading, writing and speaking components.

Material Type: Interactive, Lesson Plan, Reading

Author: Jennifer Johnson-Corless

Introduction to Financial Accounting

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Accounting is the process of identifying, measuring, recording, and communicating an organization’s economic activities to users. Users need information for decision making. With an emphasis on the corporate form of business organization, this lesson will examine how financial transactions are analyzed and then reported using four financial statements: the income statement, statement of changes in equity, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. This lesson introduces each statement using an example based on a fictitious corporate organization called Big Dog Carworks Corp.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment

Author: Jeffrey Alger

Reading Technical Text: Filling out a form - L7

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This lesson will be a real-world scenario-based reading module for Reading Scientific and Technical Text, for readers at level 7. Through an interactive visual scenario, learners will be introduced to a sample loan application form, and will be walked through the meaning and purpose of primary portions of the form and challenging terminology in it.

Material Type: Interactive

Author: Carl Boyd

Arithmetic and Travel Planning

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The learner plans a vacation trip to Washington DC focusing on a three of their own selections between the numerous historical sites, monuments or museums. The learner plans where they will visit over those three to four days. Using addition, subtraction and or percentage functions, the learner prepares a budget for lodging, transportation, entertainment, souvenirs and food. The student will be ask to develop a five slide PowerPoint presentation of one of their places chosen and what they plan to spend on the visit to Washington DC. Materials to include in this exercise are computer, books and calculators.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan, Reading

Author: Deborah Madden

Identifying & Using Evidence in Persuasive Writing

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The learner audience for this lesson are adults preparing for the GED, specifically the English/Language Arts portion. The lesson introduces “evidence” as a necessary support for claims in a persuasive essay, or argument. It demonstrates what the relationship between words and ideas in a claim should be to the key ideas in a passage, or passages, cited in support of a claim. Learners practice using evidence to support a claim about the role of motivation and procrastination in their own lives, then find at least one piece of evidence from an article on that topic.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Sharon Minnoch

Find What You Need Online: Where to Access the Internet and How to Search for Resources

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This lesson is geared toward adult learners who have limited or no experience using the internet to find information. Students will be able to use what they learn in this lesson to find a location in their community to access the internet (if they don't already have access at home or on their own mobile phone) and use search strategies to narrow a search to find relevant resources when researching an issue or topic.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Jill Giacomini

Order of Operations Made Easy!

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This lesson is about evaluating numerical expressions, and it was designed for adult learners who are preparing to take their High School Equivalency tests. This course will help the students evaluate numerical expressions correctly by following the correct order of operations, which includes the four basic arithmetical operations and the use of exponents and grouping symbols.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Andres Chan

Speak Up! It is your life!

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This Lesson is for learners to develop their professional communication and interpersonal skills The learners may have a different cultural background or circumstantial background. They lack the essential skills to listen or speak clearly. This lesson covers the Speaking and listening skills of English language arts. The Grade level is B that is in align with College and Career Readiness Standards.The goal of the lesson is to give the learners the skills to inform persuade infer and discuss on a given social subject matter. The topics include learning to prepare and participate in the conversation, integrating and evaluating the given information,Evaluating the point of view,reasons and evidence of given information,Presenting the information with supporting evidence, Discussing on a given subject with grammatically correct professional English

Material Type: Game

Author: suganthi Nadar

Analyzing Community Issues through the Flint, MI Water Contamination Crisis

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This lesson is for ABE students at a level D-E Reading level to practice identifying key points in video and text and analyzing the causes and effects of social issues, and identifying solutions to these problems. By watching two short videos and reading materials on the effects of lead exposure and on the specific drinking water crisis in Flint, MI, students will examine key issues, analyze the problem and its causes, identify approaches to solving this problem and ones like it in other locations, and apply this approach to other scenarios that are relevant to their immediate lives.

Material Type: Case Study, Data Set, Lesson Plan

Author: Ruth Sugar