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Identify elements of style and structure by concept and identify the author’s use of different techniques to set the tone and purpose of text.

Understand how an author’s choice of words, style, and structure appeals to the senses, suggests a mood, and sets a tone.

Recognize how values and beliefs affect the perspective of the author.

Understand how the author’s use of bias, persuasive strategies, and emotions are used to draw a desired response from the readers.

Interpret figurative language in the context of the text.

The adult learner appreciates an author’s word choice and style in a given text and understands how those decisions impact the mood and tone of a text.

The adult learner uses a broad and varied vocabulary that includes figurative language that serves as a short-hand for common experience.

Example: 9/11 = national disaster

Read a variety of different types of text that reflect many moods and tones.

Identify examples of figurative language in different types of text.


Break a passage into logical parts and think about how the parts fit together.

The adult learner breaks reading passages into multiple parts in order to explore the relationships between each part and how the parts impact meaning.

Use graphic organizers to find information in various parts of a text.

Determine the major points of a text to interpret overall meaning.


Identify elements of an author’s style, such as word usage, use of characterization, and use of detail and tone.

The adult learner is aware of the characteristics common to an author and present in various texts.

Read multiple works by a single author making note of elements that the works have in common.

Read articles from a single journalist to identify elements of his/her style of writing.


4.0 Uses reading skills to synthesize multiple inferences drawn from literary and nonfiction texts.


The adult learner is able to:

Examples of How/Where Adults

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Draw conclusions based on information from two or more different sources and combine that information to create a new idea or understanding.

The adult learner accesses multiple sources in order to find answers to specific questions and creates a greater level of understanding.

Read several articles from different points-of-view on a common theme and draw conclusions based on the information retrieved.


Draw multiple inferences from an entire text.

The adult learner recognizes that a text may have more than one thing to say.

Read workplace policies or procedures to understand how to perform a task or process with multiple steps.

Read a newspaper article about a politician’s stance on a given topic or concern.

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Adult Secondary Education (GED) Curriculum Framework

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