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Make inferences and draw conclusions based on details from a single passage.

Use supporting details.

Distinguish between supporting statements and conclusions.

Recognize unstated assumptions.

Follow a logical line of reasoning and identify illogical and unreasonable arguments.

Check for reasonableness of facts.

The adult learner recognizes that text is made up of many parts and that part of the text may include unstated assumptions based on the author’s point of view and what he/she believes the audience knows or has experienced. The adult learner also distinguishes between valid and faulty arguments.

Understand that an inference is a guess that is based on what is stated or suggested in the text.

Recognize that workplace manuals will often base policies and procedures on unstated assumptions, such as basic safety guidelines.

Read letters to the editor and compare the letters to articles on the same topic to identify opinions based on reasonable facts.


Distinguish among facts, supported inferences, and opinions.

Determine the accuracy and reliability of facts and recognize when facts are substantiated with proof.

The adult learner is able to separate fact from opinion based on supporting details and information provided.

Compare and contrast editorials and actual factually based articles in the paper.

Compare and contrast what is conveyed on talk radio shows with actual reports in newspapers or on television.


Identify cause and effect relationships.

Understand consequences and cause and effect relationships presented in the text.

The adult learner recognizes that there are consequences (good or bad) resulting from specific actions.

Review workplace policy manuals to identify rules and consequences of failure to follow those rules.

Evaluate how the economy impacts family life by reading articles from a variety of sources and comparing how specific incidents have a personal effect.


Compare and contrast the motivations and reactions of literary characters from different eras and cultures, observing how they confront similar situations or conflicts and identify patterns of human experiences.

The adult learner explores the motivations and reactions of literary characters.

Read articles about family life during various eras in American history and compare and contrast the situations the individuals in those time periods faced and how they dealt with those situations.

Discuss family life with relatives who live in various settings (urban, rural, etc.) and reflect on how life varies by region or locale.

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Adult Secondary Education (GED) Curriculum Framework

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