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Utilize the elements of drama to analyze and interpret meaning from a play, including:

Acts and scenes

Plot, character, motivation, theme, stage directions, and dialogue

The adult learner recognizes various elements that make up drama and how those elements work together to tell a story.

Explain elements found in comedies and drama seen on television.

Interpret meaning in plays by William Shakespeare or by current playwrights.


Selectively employ effective strategies for comprehension, including: questioning, scanning, analyzing, evaluating, summarizing, grouping, and mapping.

The adult learner approaches a text with a purpose and applies strategies designed to use information and/or draw enjoyment from the text with a minimum of effort. He/she is able to skim or scan material in order to extract information needed.

Distinguish between reading for pleasure versus reading for other purposes (such as work) and describes types of materials used for each, such as: tabloids, popular magazines, romance novels, short stories (pleasure), manuals, guides (work).


Distinguish between the main idea and supporting details of a text.

Identify reasons, facts, examples, and descriptions included as supporting details.

The adult learner recognizes that the main idea is like a headline that attracts attention but doesn’t provide all the details of a text.

Identify main idea and supporting details in newspaper and magazine articles.

Identify reasons, facts, or examples from personal writing samples.

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth

Office of Adult Education and Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs

General Educational Development Curriculum Framework

Language Arts, Reading

Language, Arts Reading Content Standard

The adult learner is able to use appropriate reading strategies in order to understand different types of text in a variety of academic and real-life situations.

Level (EFL):Adult Secondary Education (GED)

Strand B: Language Arts, Reading Critical Thinking Skills


1.0 Uses reading skills to comprehend literary and nonfiction texts.


The adult learner is able to:

Examples of How/Where Adults

Use This Skill

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