ABE level 4 - Advanced Basic Skills
(Grade level 6.0 – 8.9 CASAS 221 – 235)
This course is designed to help student develop their thinking skills as they learn to read better by reading workplace memos, rules and directions, how-to tips, news and sports reports, charts and graphs, editorials, opinion columns and letters to the editor, ads, tables of contents, texts in history, science, nature, and language. Students also will learn to improve their reading rates, comprehension and their critical thinking skills by reading short, uniform passages. This course will emphasize reading and comprehending a variety of texts at an appropriate pace and with good comprehension to independently accomplish structured reading activities in a variety of familiar and some novel settings. In addition this class will help prepare students for transitioning into further educational programs.
Core Curriculum Textbook
Reading Wise – Books 6, 7, and 8 -
Timed Reading – Books 3, 4, and 5 (grades 6.0, 7.0, 8.0) –
Groundwork for College Reading-with Phonics -
To read with understanding, Washington ABE students should:
Determine the reading purpose.
Select reading strategies appropriate to the purpose.
Monitor comprehension and adjust reading strategies.
Integrate it with prior knowledge to address reading purpose.
Analyze the information and reflect on its underlying meaning.
By the end of Level 4, every Washington ABE student will know and be able to:
R 4.1 Recognize unfamiliar and some specialized words and abbreviations using word analysis or inference.
R 4.2 Demonstrate familiarity with everyday and some specialized content knowledge and vocabulary.
R 4.3 Locate important information, read for detail and determine missing information using a wide range of strategies.
R 4.4 Monitor and enhance comprehension using a wide range of strategies, such as posing and answering questions, trial and error, and adjusting reading pace.
R 4.5 Organize information using some strategies, such as recall, restatement, simple sequencing and simple categorization.
R 4.6 Actively apply prior knowledge to assist in understanding information in texts.
Students must receive a CASAS score of 236 in order to move to GED 1, Level 5. For students working toward earning a GED, taking the GED Language Arts, Reading Practice Test is an option for students any time during this course. At this level it may also be appropriate to have students take the college placement test as an assessment tool.