Pre-College Language Arts II: Science & Social Studies
Course Number: GED 70
Transcript Title: Pre-College Language Arts II
Created: December 4, 2020
Updated: December 4, 2020
Total Credits: 0
Lecture Hours: 55
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: P-NP (default)
Repeats available for credit: 99
Improves reading comprehension, both fiction and non-fiction, and develops understanding and use of academic vocabulary related to language arts, social studies and science. Examines the evaluation of information and whether arguments are logical and evidence-based. Deepens understanding of basic grammar and sentence structure, and introduces paragraph and essay writing. Includes writing practice through journaling, descriptive paragraphs, essays, and GED written response. Covers the knowledge and skills applicable to achieving placement into college level courses and/or attempting official GED exams (Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Science, and Science). Prerequisites: ABE 60 or GED 60 or department permission.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Receive a passing score (145 or higher) on the Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies GED exams, OR score 250 or above on the reading and writing portions of the Next Generation Accuplacer.
- Write a well-organized paragraph and essay.
- Use academic vocabulary as applied to the topics of science, language arts and social studies.
- Apply active reading strategies.
- Evaluate information to determine if the arguments presented are logical and if the evidence provided is from expert sources.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Written assignments (journals, paragraphs, summary, GED Extended Response)
- Daily assignments
- Online quizzes
- Grammar and sentence structure assignments
Texts and Materials
Suggested Materials and Texts:
- “This I Believe” https://www.npr.org/series/4538138/this-i-believe
- Ted Talks https://www.ted.com/talks
- Vocabulary https://www.vocabulary.com/
- Newsela https://www.vocabulary.com
- GED practice tests https://www.test-guide.com/free-ged-practice-tests.html
- www.freereadingtest.com (reading speed and words per minute)
- Explore the OACCRS to help guide instruction & new ideas. https://www.oregon.gov/highered/institutions-programs/ccwd/Pages/abs-resources.aspx
- Accuplacer: https://www.test-guide.com/Accuplacer/
Course Activities and Design
The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Outcome #1: Receive a passing score (145 or higher) on the Reasoning Through Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies GED exams, OR score 250 or above a 250 on thereading and writing portions of the Next GenerationAccuplacer.
- GED Practice Ready tests
- GED Practice Extended Response
- Steck Vaugh GED book
- Accuplacer study guide (online or printed)
Outcome #2: Write a well-organized paragraph and essay.
- Prewriting, journaling, outlining
- Topic sentence, thesis statement, supporting sentences
- Use a variety of sentence types (simple, compound, complex, compound complex)
- Transition words
- GED Extended Response (4-7 paragraphs)
Outcome #3: Use academic vocabulary as applied to the topics of science, language arts and social studies.
- Vocabulary quizzes (electric)
- Using a dictionary (electronic) and thesaurus (electronic)
- Synonyms, antonyms
Outcome #4: Apply active reading strategies.
- Determine the author’s point of view and purpose
- Identification oftheme
- Improve reading and fluency rate.
- Making predictions/inferences (location, time, object) using context clues
Outcome #5: Evaluate information to determine if the arguments presented are logical and if the evidence provided is from expert sources.
- Determine fact vs. opinion in writing.
- Determine type of support used by author