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COURSE TITLE:Basic Education
DIVISION:Adult Education
REFERENCE:Based on the syllabus for ABED001


Basic instruction provided in English grammar, spelling, composition, literature, science, social studies, and mathematics. Course content is provided through multi-level classes and is designed to accommodate students with an assessed reading grade equivalent 8.9 or lower as determined by standardized testing.


This course is not available for web registration.


READING COMPONENT:Instruction in reading is designed to increase students skills in vocabulary, comprehension and speed. To enable them to successfully complete the GED exam. Emphasis is placed on reading in the content areas: Science, Social Studies, and Literature and the Arts. 1. To identify the main idea stated in a reading passage.2. To identify facts or details that support the main idea of the reading passage.3. To identify relationships in reading passage.4. To infer the main idea and details of a reading passage.5. To infer the feelings of opinion of the author of a reading passage.6. To apply ideas expressed in the reading passage to other situations.7. To infer the meaning of a word from its context in a reading passage.8. Determining style and tone in prose.9. Recognize and identify figurative language.10. Reading comprehension in prose.11. Recognizing and identifying figures of speech in poetry.12. Recognize and identify devices of sound and repetition in poetry.13. Reading comprehension in poetry.14. Reading comprehension in drama.WRITING COMPONENT:Instruction and development of grammar and writing skills designed to assist student in successfully completing the GED exam. The writing section will help the student develop the necessary skills needed to write an essay. These will include the planning, organizing valuation and revising of an essay.1. To determine whether the verb in a given sentence agrees in number and person with its subject.2. To determine when to use the proper case pronoun, and agreement with its antecedent.3. To use and identify the correct verb tense form of any regular or irregular verb.4. To identify and use the correct form of an adjective or adverb in a sentence.5. To apply rules of capitalization and punctuation to a sentence.6. To identify and correct misspelled words.7. To identify the correct alternative in questions involving modifiers, verbs and parallel construction.8. To apply basic principles of logic and organization in sentence construction and paragraph sense.9. To identify and apply the basic skills in composing an essay.SCIENCE COMPONENT:Instruction and development of reading skills as applied to interpretation of fundamentals of basic science concepts.1. To identify important terms and understand basic concepts of biology.2. To identify important terms and understand basic concepts of physics.3. To identify important terms and understand basic concepts of chemistry.4. To identify important terms and understand basic concepts of earth science.5. To identify important terms relating to behavioral science. SOCIAL STUDIES COMPONENT:Instruction and development of reading skills as applied to interpretation of fundamental of basic social studies concepts.1. To identify concepts relating to government.2. To identify important terms relating to economics.3. To identify important terms relating to geography.4. To interpret maps.5. To introduce vocabulary and concepts pertaining to History, Economics, Political Science, Behavioral Science, and Geography.6. To teach Social Studies Skills through analysis, evaluation and application.MATHEMATICS COMPONENT:Instruction and development of mathematics skills such as: fractions, decimals, ratios and proportions, percent, interest, graphs, angles, perimeter and area, circumference, area and volume, and algebra.1. To develop proficiency in the four mathematical operations.2. To develop proficiency in working with fractions.3. To add, subtract, multiply, and divide with decimals.4. To understand the meaning of ratio and proportions and apply it to solving problems.5. To understand the meaning of percent and apply it to solving problems.6. To compute simple and compound interest.7. To be able to read and interpret a graph.8. To understand angles and angle relationships.9. Understanding of geometric formulas and their use in finding perimeter area, circumference, and volume of basic geometric figures.10. Understanding of basic algebraic principles.GED CONSTITUTION COMPONENT:Instruction and development of understanding basic concepts of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Illinois Constitution, and displaying the flag.1. Understand basic concepts of the Declaration of Independence.2. Understand concepts of and terms relating to the Constitution of the United States.3. Understand concepts of and terms relating to the Constitution of Illinois.4. Be familiar with rules regarding displaying the flag.


READING COMPONENT:1. Identify the topic sentence in a paragraph2. To identify supporting ideas in a paragraph.3. To identify a cause and effect relationship.4. Drawing conclusions from inference.5. Infer author’s point of view and separate fact from opinion.6. Following directions, recalling information and synthesizing,.7. General vocabulary skills.8. Identify author’s style and tone.9. To recognize and identify examples of simile, metaphor, and personification.10. To select meaning of words or their context, identify relationships between characters, identify setting of a story, and identify allegory.11. Identify examples of hyperbole, rhetorical questions, and apostrophe.12. Identify examples of onomatopoeia, alliteration, and parallelism.13. Recognize and interpret meaning, symbolism, or message of a poem.14. To identify the elements of drama such as: plot, dialogue, characterization setting, and climax.WRITING COMPONENT:1. What is a Sentence? A. Knowing the difference between a fragment and a sentence.2. What is a Phrase? A. Finding a pre positive phrase in a sentence.3. Writing Skills (Usage) A. Subject-Verb Agreement   1. Selecting the verb which agrees with the subject of a sentence.4. Irregular Verbs A. Understand the main parts of a verb and verb tenses.5. The Verb "To Be" A. Use verb tense forms correctly and the linking verb.6. Plural and Possessive Nouns A. Understanding the different ways to make nouns plural and possessive.7. Pronouns and Antecedents A. To determine when subjective case, objective or possessive case pronouns would be needed in a sentence. B. To determine if a pronoun agrees with its antecedent in gender and number.8. Adjectives and Adverbs A. Using adjective and adverb forms correctly in a sentence.9. Capitalization, Punctuation and Spelling A. Using Capitalization in a friendly letter. B. Using the comma to clarify sentences. C. Using the semi-colon to clarify a sentence. D. Understanding of basic spelling rules.10. Sentence Structure A. Understanding fragments and run-on sentences B. How to combine sentences C. Understanding and using coordination in parallel structure.SCIENCE COMPONENT:1. Biology A. Cells B. Plants/Photosynthesis C. Animals D. Genetics E. Human Body   1. Bones/muscles   2. Respiration   3. Circulatory System   4. Nutrition   5. Digestive System   6. Nervous System   7. Stress2. Physics A. Simple Machines B. Computers C. Atoms/Molecules D. Electricity E. Light & Sound3. Chemistry A. Mixtures/Solutions/Compounds B. Chemical Formulas C. Acids/Bases D. Drug Abuse4. Earth Science A. Earth’s Interior B. Soil Conservation C. Ecology and Pollution D. Weather Solar E. Solar SystemSOCIAL STUDIES COMPONENT:I. History A. Discovery/Exploration of America B. Formation of American Government C. Civil War D. Industrial Revolution E. 20th Century2. Economics A. Types of economic systems B. Government role in economy C. labor D. Consumer economics E. Capitalism/Business community3. Geography A. Physical Geography (Heavy emphasis on map-reading_ B. Environment/Climate C. Cultural Geography4. Behavioral Science A. Psychology B. Sociology C. Anthropology5. Understanding What you Read A. Finding Details B. Words in context C. Restating/summarizing D. Topic of a passage E. Main idea of a paragraph6. Charts, Graphs, Maps, Pattern in Social Studies Reading A. Sequence B. Cause-Effect C. Compare-Contrast7. Analyzing Social Studies Passages A. Reading a bar graph B. Fact/Opinion C. Inference D. Hypotheses E. Predicting Outcomes8. Evaluating Social Studies Material A. Enough information B. Using relevant information C. Errors in reasoning D. Recognizing values E. Propaganda9. Applying Information in Social Studies A. Application-reading passages B. Application-maps C. Application-charts and graphsMATHEMATICS COMPONENT:1. Whole number concepts A. Reading B. Writing C. Rounding D. Addition Skills   1. Single digit subtrahends   2. Double digit subtrahends   3. Triple digit subtrahends F. Multiplication Skills   1. Single digit multiplier   2. Double digit multiplier   3. Triple digit multiplier G. Division Skills   1. Single digit divisor   2. Double digit divisor   3. Triple digit divisor H. Word Problems   1. Single step problems   2. Multi step problems I. Special Topics   1. Measurement     a. English system     b. Metrics     c. Perimeter     d. Area     e. Volume   2. Finding averages   3. Squares, cubes, square roots2. Fractions: Proper, improper and mixed A. Reducing B. Common Denominators C. Addition D. Subtraction E. Multiplication F. Division3. Decimals A. Addition B. Multiplication C. Subtraction D. Division E. Relation to fractions4. Percents A. Relation to decimals B. Relation to fractions C. Finding missing percent D. Finding what percent a part is of a whole E. Finding a whole when part is given5. Special Topics A. Exponents and scientific notation B. Mean, median probability C. Graphs   1. Interpretation D. Volume   1. Cone   2. Pyramid   3. Rectangular solids   4. CubesGED CONSTITUTION COMPONENT:1. Main points and theory of Declaration of Independence.2. The federal system and separation of powers.3. The three branches of government, United States and Illinois.4. The amendments.5. Rules regarding the displaying of the flag.6. Algebra A. Negative and positive numbers B. One step equations C. Two step equations D. Inequalities E. Coordinates (graphs) F. Slope/intercept 7.Geometry A. Angles B. Triangles C. Quadrilaterals D. Special Topics E. Special Topics   1. Square roots   2. Pythagiream Theorem   3. Circles   4. Spheres


Contemporary’s Complete GEDMcGraw Hill, Patricia Mulcrone, ED.D., 2002Contemporary’s Number Power 1-9, Robert Mitchell, 2000Pre-GED Social StudiesSteck-Vaughn, Jim Scheil, 2000Contemporary’s American Histor 1 & 2Steck Vaughn, M.H. Downey, 2006Reading for ComprehensionContinental Press, S. Jarvis, J. Leardi, L. Sintetoes, C. Walpole, 2000Other assorted teacher generated materials


Student will receive an "S" for satisfactory progress or an "I" for incomplete based on class attendance, participation in class activities and mastery of assigned tasks. Class is repeatable three times.CONDUCT CODE/ACADEMIC INTEGRITYAs a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the college. it is your responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the DACC Student Conduct Code and the Academic Integrity Policy, as contained in the Student Handbook.



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