students engaged in the lesson

This video of one adult education class shows both a lesson and instruction that are aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE-ELA) and their overarching instructional shifts.

Intended for a High Intermediate/Low Adult Secondary Level class, the lesson focuses on how to find the claim and the supporting evidence in a text.

Learning goals:

  • Identify the “gist” of the text.
  • Find the author’s main point.
  • Find the reasons the author gives to back up his or her point.

The class session demonstrates standards-based instruction by following these five core actions:

  1. Curriculum content of the lesson matches the demands of CCRSAE.
  2. Learning activities (questions and tasks) are text-specific and cognitively demanding.
  3. CCRSAE are translated into lesson content that productively engages adult learners.
  4. The lesson is intentionally sequenced to build on and develop students’ skills and knowledge.
  5. Students’ levels of understanding are assessed throughout the lesson, and instruction is adjusted accordingly.



Lesson Plan created by Sarah Simpson, Martin County Adult Education Program, Kentucky. Filmed by StandardsWork for the College and Career Readiness Standards-in-Action (CCRSIA) project sponsored by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE).

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ABE/Adult Education
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE)
Educator Effectiveness
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