ABE English, In the Classroom, Uncategorized

Advanced Work with Adjectives

Take the time to familiarize yourself with the following 16 useful adjectives: Advanced Adjectives Study Link Here is the list of the adjectives for reference: Affluent CeruleanDecrepitEffeminateEndemicFeminineHerculeanLuminousMasculineNefariousObesePrecariousStingyTorturousUnpalatableUtopian Conversational Dialogue Read the following dialogue, which uses some of the words we have learned, and answer the following questions: An Everyday Chat between Two Women on the… Continue reading Advanced Work with Adjectives

ABE English, In the Classroom

Proper Adjectives/Using Adjectives to make your writing more concise

What do Trumpian tweets, French poodles, and Buddhist monks have in common? They are all described using proper adjectives! Proper adjectives are based on names and need to be capitalized. They tend to be based in either a certain place or person. Take a look at some examples: Practice Use adjectives, both proper and common,… Continue reading Proper Adjectives/Using Adjectives to make your writing more concise

ABE English, In the Classroom

Adjectives in a nutshell

The following is based off of: Grammar and Usage for Better Writing. What is the difference between a dog and that short, white dog? Dog means any dog at all. The words that, short, and white modify (change) the meaning of dog from any dog to a specific dog. These words are called adjectives. An… Continue reading Adjectives in a nutshell

ABE English

Using transitional words effectively

The following are resources for learning transitional words and phrases. Start here for an explanation and short quiz: https://bestgedclasses.org/using-transitional-words-and-phrases/ Take a transitional words quiz: https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=transitional-words_3 Exercise: Add missing transition words to the following paragraph: Below is a useful reference of popular transition words:

ABE English

Top 25 Things You Need to Know to Pass the GED Reading and Language Arts Test

The following is adapted from the book Language Arts Workbook for the GED Test. I highly recommend it for study, as it has plenty of realistic practice question with explanations. Main Idea: Identify the main idea of a paragraph or passage. Structural Relationships: Distinguish between cause-and-effect, compare-and-contrast, and parallel relationships. Follow the sequence of events… Continue reading Top 25 Things You Need to Know to Pass the GED Reading and Language Arts Test

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MyOn: A Review

Bottom Line: The children's e-book site MyOn is enjoyable, in the way a bowl of sugary cereal is. There are reasons to be cautious about it.    MyOn promises to spread literacy by offering any kid with an internet connection access to more than 20,000 books. But how does it stack up?    Every review… Continue reading MyOn: A Review

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What happens when you let students and teachers be free?

Lately, there has been a switch from English classes focused on critical readings, mini-lessons and writing workshops to standardized composition courses. My latest visit with my former English teacher left me with a palatable sense that he feels his freedom is gone and he's now trapped. The times when he would scour first his home… Continue reading What happens when you let students and teachers be free?