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Extract basic meaning and draw conclusions about literary and nonfiction texts.

Summarize, paraphrase, and restate information.

Recognize supporting details.

Identify the intent and implication of the text.

Identify the thesis or point-of-view of a selection.

The adult learner is able to paraphrase what he/she has read, draw conclusions based on evidence provided, recognize the difference between the main idea and supporting details of a text, and determine the intent of a text.

Read an article and restate information in his/her own words.

Read a movie review and draw conclusions based on supporting details provided.

Read a commentary and identify the author’s point of view and the intent of the text.


Ask questions to activate prior knowledge, make predictions, clarify meaning, and locate specific information within a text.

The adult learner lists questions about a specific topic prior to reading the text in order to include information based on his/her personal experiences and knowledge.

Read a health-related article.

Read a brochure or newsletter that includes information about community issues.


Extract meaningful information from charts, graphs, tables, and other graphic representations.

The adult learner recognizes that not all relevant information is in text format and interprets non-text selections.

Examine maps and graphs to find long- and short-term weather forecasts.

Review statistical information about the local community to understand crime rates and patterns, employment/unemployment rates.


Demonstrate comprehension by responding to the text analytically, critically, and through the use of appropriate examples from the text.

The adult learner can explain the gist of what was just read, give his or her opinion, and cite examples from the text to support that opinion.

Understand core issues and implications of public policy decisions.

Evaluate advertising brochures and flyers from competing companies to find best deal.


2.0 Uses reading skills to apply concepts and principles from literary and nonfiction texts in a new context.  


The adult learner is able to:

Examples of How/Where Adults

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Apply appropriate strategies to read and understand complex or unfamiliar texts.

The adult learner uses methods such as chunking in order to derive meaning from new material.

Divide text into smaller components in order to gain greater understanding.

Identify main ideas from personal experience about a given subject prior to reading.

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Adult Secondary Education (GED) Curriculum Framework

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