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GED ® Skill Workbooks How to Use the Books With Your Class* About the Series Assessment and Instruction Overview Inventory Skill Review Lessons GED Skill Builder Lessons Answer Key *Lessons from the books can also be assigned for self-study since they are organized by: 1. skill modeling 2. guided practice 3. independent practice Students can also use the answer key to check their own work and to read explanations. These workbooks can be used in conjunction with any GED core instructional textbooks, videos, or online materials. About the Series

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GED® Skill Workbooks About the Series Build a Foundation of GED Skills Level: 8+ 80 and 96-page books 2-page skill review lessons ; 4-page GED higher-order skill lessons Mathematics 1 Number Sense, Decimals, Fractions, Percents, and Data Analysis Mathematics 2 Algebra, Measurement, and Geometry Language Arts, Reading Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Drama Language Arts, Writing 1 Sentence Structure, Grammar and Usage, and Mechanics Language Arts, Writing 2 Organization and Essay Writing Science Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Chemistry, and Physics Social Studies World and U.S. History, Civics and Government, Economics, and Geography $ 12.25 per book; $ 9.80 for 5+ of a title

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GED® Skill Workbooks About the Series (continued) Target Only the Skills that Students Need with Our Three-Step Process Overview 1. EVALUATE Skill Inventory and Diagnostic Chart/Study Planner 2. REVIEW Skill Lessons and Skill Practice 3. PRACTICE GED Test Skills and GED Practice Questions

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GED® Skill Workbooks Assessment and Instruction Overview Part 1. EVALUATE SKILLS Students Take a Skills Inventory in each book use Diagnostic Charts/Study Planners to target just what they need– both content and higher-order GED skills Part 2. REVIEW CONTENT Students review 2-page GED Skill lessons which condense essential content provide immediate practice with GED questions Part 3. PRACTICE GED SKILLS Students study 4-page GED Skill Builder lessons which coach students through thinking, graphic, and problem-solving skills apply those skills to GED practice questions Sample pages from GED Skill Workbook: Social Studies. Other books in series use similar formats.. Inventory

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GED® Skill Workbooks Inventory and Study Planner T AKE I NVENTORY OF SKILLS Read the directions and encourage students to answer every question to the best of their abilities. You have permission to copy the answer grid for student use. Administer the inventory as an untimed test. The main purpose is to get an idea of knowledge gaps – both in content and skills. Explain that at the end of the test students will use the results to see what skills they need to focus on. 1 2 2

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GED® Skill Workbooks Inventory and Study Planner (cont’d) C HECK ANSWERS AND USE STUDY PLANNERS Students check answers and read explanations. Students fill in study planner to target both content skills and thinking skills needed to pass the GED Tests. T IP You can use the Study Planner results to both strategize which skills to focus on with the whole class and to work with students to make individualized study plans. Skill Review Lesson

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L EFT P AGE Content Review Preview the 2-page lesson by reading the lesson title and the key topics (the subheads in the left column). R IGHT P AGE Practice Questions Explain that the GED-type questions ask them to do more than “look up” an answer. As on the actual test, questions require them to apply, analyze, or evaluate information. Students answer the questions, check answers and read explanations. Discuss questions that are difficult for students. GED ® Skill Workbooks Skill Review Lessons T IP Explain that the review lessons summarize key GED content. Encourage them to ask about terms or concepts that they don’t understand as they do the lessons.

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GED ® Skill Workbooks GED Skill Builder Lessons F OUR -P AGE L ESSONS S CAFFOLD I NSTRUCTION IN H IGHER O RDER S KILLS P AGE 1 - L EFT P AGE Introduce GED Skill I NTRODUCE GED Q UESTION S KILL Use the definition at the top to explain the GED skill. R EAD SAMPLE GED Q UESTION Students answer a sample GED question. F OLLOW “T HINK I T T HROUGH ” P ROCESS AND THE A NSWER AND EXPLANATION Students follow the Q and A format that models the thinking process – including explaining why the right answer is correct and the wrong answers are wrong. Explain that on GED multiple-choice questions, students need to carefully review each answer choice. T IP Emphasize that questions on the GED Tests will require the “higher order” thinking skills that they will learn to work with in the GED Skill Builder Lessons. 3 3

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GED ® Skill Workbooks GED Skill Builder Lesson (cont’d) P AGE 2 – R IGHT P AGE Guided Practice GED Q UESTIONS Students are supported as they develop thinking skills to answer GED questions. H INTS Hints are provided to coach students through the thinking process, much as a personal tutor would help them think through questions. Encourage students to use the hints. A NSWERS AND S UPPORT Students answer questions and provide reasons to support their answers. Students check answers and read explanations. Discuss questions that are difficult for students. T IP Students may not see the benefit of supporting their answers. Encourage them to provide support by explaining that this strategy will help them to focus on the question and to think through the answer choices.

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GED ® Skill Workbooks GED Skill Builder Lesson (cont’d) P AGE 3 - L EFT P AGE GED Practice (with “Think” prompt) A NSWER SAMPLE GED Q UESTIONS Students answer GED questions, using the THINK prompt to help them figure out the questions. P AGE 4 - R IGHT P AGE GED Practice A NSWER SAMPLE GED Q UESTIONS Students answer GED questions without the THINK prompt. C HECK A NSWERS TO GED P RACTICE Students check answers and read explanations. Discuss questions that are difficult for students. Answers and Explanations

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GED® Skill Workbooks Check Answers and Learn From Explanations C HECK A NSWERS AND E XPLANATIONS Encourage students to check answers and to read explanations to understand why an answer is correct.

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