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The Tennessee Division of Adult Education includes lesson plans in many subject areas on its website. Direct links to the following topics are listed here:

This list of lesson plans is taken from LINCS Teacher/Tutor Resources

ABLE Net Online Lesson Plans

Master Trainers created the lesson plans. They could be used for Literacy, ABE, or GED training. Each major title is linked to several lessons. Lesson plans contain step-by-step instructions and Internet links assigned to the lesson.(9/28/01)

Blue Web'N

Provides links to online resources and lesson plans. Site enables search on content area, application type, and audience. Site provides bibliographic references to online resources meeting search criteria, including content information and site ratings. To search for links, lesson plans, tutorials and web-based activities that specifically deal with technology, select Technology as the content area. (2/22/01)

Captured Wisdom

Captured Wisdom on Adult Literacy is an interactive multimedia resource designed to help inform educators of successful technology integration practices in adult education environments. Captured Wisdom shows innovative, replicable activities which are discussed by front-line classroom educators and learners so that other teachers can feel they have had an opportunity to actually visit the classes and chat directly with the learners and teachers about their work. Captured Wisdom on Adult Literacy was co-developed by the North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium (NCRTEC) at NCREL and the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL). (2/27/01)

English Literacy Civics

The Socorro Independent School District's Border Civics project's Web site offers adult education practitioners the opportunity to download exemplary project lessons and activities in Word or PowerPoint. Technology enhanced projects include the use of digital cameras, video, music and computers in a family literacy setting. Select the Tools link from the menu to access downloadable lesson plans, templates, tips and PowerPoint presentations. (3/16/05)

ESL Computer Literacy

The purpose of this course is to equip ABE/ESL students with the computer skills needed to make a successful transition from ABE to higher academic studies at the community college level. This course will impart a foundational knowledge of the computer and its usage. It will instruct students in how to type, navigate the Windows environment, compose basic word processing documents, and use an Internet browser. It will increase a student's confidence in working with computers and boost their ability to perform well on computer-based tests. ESL subjects are integrated into most of the lessons to promote improved language competency in reading, writing or listening. (9/24/02)


Filamentality is a fill-in-the-blank interactive Web site that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Web, gathering Internet sites, and turning Web resources into learning activities. This site will help create and post learning sites for easy access by your students. (4/11/03)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This helpful site instructs students in the evaluation of web sites for accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency and coverage. Suggestions for successful Internet assignments are part of this site. (9/4/02)

Harnessing Technology to Serve Adult Literacy

The Harnessing Technology Web Page helps adult literacy education (ABE/GED/ESL/ESOL) teachers and learners use electronic media to solve learning and instructional problems. It gives examples of teaching and learning challenges as well as solutions submitted by adult literacy education teachers and learners. (1/17/01)

Hot Potatoes Half-Baked Software

The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling teachers to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. (4/11/03)

Internet Basics for ESL Students

A 14-lesson introduction to using computers and the Internet for students of English as a second language. Includes email, searching, newsgroups, and creating a Web page. (4/3/02)

Introducing the Internet and World Wide Web to Basic ABE Students

This lesson is designed for use with very basic ABE students (reading levels 2 to 4) who will need a lot of support and guidance throughout their introduction to the Internet so that they will not get frustrated by materials that they cannot read. (9/17/01)

Introduction to the Personal Computer: This is the ON Button

This curriculum was designed to teach basic computer literacy skills and as a pre-requisite to the future publication Internet for the Absolute Beginner. Student handbooks and worksheets are available online but the Instructor Manual must be requested from the West Virginia Adult Basic Education Program. (4/11/03)

Literacy Assistance Center: Instructional Technology

LAC's Instructional Technology site offers resources for practitioners in the following categories: project-based learning, using the Internet in instruction, program design and assessment, media literacy, computer basics, and instructional technology and media literacy skills. (6/23/05)

Literacy Assistance Center: Lessons Plans and Curricula

This site provides online lesson plans for adult and youth literacy covering ESOL, workforce preparation and more. (1/17/01)

Online Practice Modules

Online Practice modules for instructors' technology professional development. Areas covered include PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Macintosh, Windows/PC, WebQuests and many other popular education applications. (4/10/03)

OTAN for Teachers

The purpose of the OTAN for Teachers Web site is to support adult education instructors in effective implementation of technology to enhance and improve instruction. Site includes lesson plans, classroom activities, assessment, technical support, distance learning. Free registration required. (3/19/01)

PBS Teacher Source, Technology & Training

2,500+ Lesson Plans and Activities: Art & Literature, Health & Fitness, Math, Science & Technology, Social Studies, and Early Childhood. Tutorials for Technology: Connecting Your Computer to the Web, Getting Online Step-By-Step, E-Mail, Web Basics, Plug-Ins, Downloading Files or Applications from the Web, Creating a Web Site in HTML, Graphics, PowerPoint Presentations, Hypercard/Hyperstudio Presentations, Multimedia Tutorials, Multimedia Copyright, and Video Teleconferencing. (9/28/01)

The Splendid ESOL Web

This site is intended to help ESL teachers integrate technology into instruction. It contains activities that align to Arizona Adult Education Standards. (7/16/03)

Teaching ESOL using Word Processing: A Communicative Approach

This article discusses the issues involved in integrating technology into ESOL class. The article focuses on the need to consider the learners' computer and language skills simultaneously in introducing technology as a learning tool. Specific exercises are included. (2/27/01)

Thirteen Ed Online Adult Ed

This site contains 24 ready-to-use lesson plans in subjects that are integral to adult education, such as reading, writing, and math. (4/10/03)

TV411 Online

TV411 Online features interactive lessons and articles addressing themes of money, parenting, people, and health. Lessons improve reading, writing, vocabulary, math, and learning skills. In addition the site has a bulletin board to provide users with personalized support and a forum to share their writing and ideas. (3/18/03)

Using Flexible Technology to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners: What Teachers Can Do

The Knowledge Brief explains how some standard technology resources already available at most K-12 schools - talking text, web resources, graphic organizing software, and word processors - can be used to support tailored, differentiated instruction. Although the intended audience is K-12 classroom teachers, adult educators will find some of the information applicable to their learners. Download the pdf for the free version of the Knowledge Brief. (6/23/05)

Using PowerPoint for ESL Teaching

This article is a basic introduction to the use of PowerPoint in the classroom. It discusses where to find teacher-created presentations, how to find resources such as tutorials, and how to use PowerPoint in different settings. There is a short section on the equipment needed to use PowerPoint. (7/16/03)

Using the Internet in Instruction Projects

The focus here is very specific: these materials concern teaching students how to use the computer itself, or how get around the Internet. Strategies for integrating the computer and the Internet into other subject areas are scattered throughout the site. (9/17/01)

Adult Education Marketplace

"Where adult educators go for exemplary materials and training." This site is provides by Florida Tech Net. It offers a variety of lesson plans, curriculum framework, curricula and course syllabi.

Lesson Plans from the Literacy List

This site provides links to over thirty sites with good collections of lesson plans for adult learners, including lessons for: basic literacy, adult basic education, adult secondary education, and English language learning. There is also a link to more curriculum and lesson plan Web sites which focus on integrating basic and work-related skills.

Connecting Practice, Policy and Research: Teaching Materials

This NCSALL link provides many guides and materials to enhance the learning in your class.  "Designed for teachers, these materials are guides for classroom activities that can be used to develop adult students' literacy skills and knowledge of particular content."

The following resources (along with their abstracts) are provided by the National Institute for Literacy .  To locate more lesson plans simply click on the above NIFL link and enter "lesson plans" in the search box.

Promoting the Success of Multilevel ESL Classes: What Teachers and Administrators Can Do

This brief discusses instructional strategies for teachers of multilevel classes, including needs assessment, lesson planning, grouping strategies, using native languages, project-based learning and thematic instruction, and using self-access materials. It also outlines strategies for program administrators to help teachers, who need support from administrators in order to successfully serve the learners in their classes.

Massachusetts adult basic education curriculum framework for English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) - The purpose of this framework is to assist ESOL practitioners and programs in developing curricula grounded in an understanding of Adult ESOL learners' needs and goals. The framework attempts to answer the question, What do ALL adult ESOL learners need to know and be able to do?"

Creating ESL/EFL lessons based on news and current events

This article explains the rationale for using lessons based on current news and explains how teachers can create such lessons. There is also a ready-made sample lesson that teachers can use that clearly demonstrates how the author creates such lessons.

Onestop magazine: the magazine for English language teachers

This is a teacher's resource site organized and run by Macmillan Education in order to help EFL, ESL and ESOL teachers. Their aim is to provide practical help and to provide a forum for teachers to help each other with lesson plans, ideas and solutions to classroom problems.

Beyond the GED: making conscious choices about the GED and your future

Revised to include new data and information on the Internet, this guide for GED instructors offers lesson plans and helps teachers develop as professionals. It also gives adult learners an opportunity to practice writing, use graphs, read charts, and analyze research findings on the economic impact of the GED.

GED 2002 teachers' handbook of lesson plans

Collection of GED lesson plans covers reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and more.

What's inside

Biology is the study of what is going on inside living things. Approximately forty-five percent (45%) of the GED Science test will contain questions related to the various characteristics, structure and functions of living systems. This lesson will help learners become more familiar with life science in the context of the scientific method and will help them to become familiar with the various kinds of life science diagrams they may see on a GED science test.

Comma chameleon

Have you ever thought, "How can I demonstrate the importance of punctuation to my students?" Punctuation is one of a writer's most basic tools-when used well it helps readers see ideas more clearly. Unfortunately, the rules of punctuation are sometimes difficult for students to remember, especially English language learners - but fortunately, each punctuation mark has its place. This lesson will build skills in effective use of punctuation marks like commas, semi-colons, colons, dashes, and exclamation points. Using video accessed through Unitedstreaming and various Web-based activities, students will build skills necessary to write using American English conventions of punctuation.

Ten ways to turn lessons into games

Competition can make even the dullest lesson exciting for both adults and children. However, motivating and fun activities can be time consuming for teachers to create. Every teacher needs to know about the ten generic games that can be adapted to suit almost any review lesson. These are described in the article.

Learning resources: skateboarding physics

The Learning Resources site offers web-delivered instruction using current and past CNN San Francisco bureau and CBS 5 - KPIX (CBS Broadcasting) news stories. Each module includes the full text of each story and interactive activities to test comprehension. The learner can choose to read the text, listen to the text, and view a short video clip of the story. The instructor can also incorporate any story into class activities and lesson plans. This archived story tells how skateboarding can be used to demonstrate physics. Includes links related to the story.

Fraction of the possibilities

It is easy to underestimate the importance of fractions, decimals, percentages (and their intersections) in our everyday life. Sure, most people can handle simple computations that require use of fractions like 1/2 , 1/4 or percentages like 100% or 50%, but what happens when you are asked to use a series of these values or more complicated numbers instead? Use this lesson to help your students become mathematical wizards at performing unit conversion calculations.

Education & learning

These lesson plans were designed for classroom use by adult education teachers. Organized in three modules, they cover study skills, memoir writing and media literacy concepts.

Lesson plan builder

The Lesson Plan Builder makes it easier for you to develop quality Lesson Plans that address adult education content standards in the context of CASAS and SCANS competencies. The Lesson Plan Builder: provides a template to develop lessons for Adult Educators, provides sample lessons as models, provides a quick link to CASAS and SCANS competencies, stores lessons for future use.

Teaching with documents: lesson plans

Teaching with primary documents encourages a varied learning environment for teachers and students alike. Lectures, demonstrations, analysis of documents, independent research, and group work become a gateway for research with historical records in ways that sharpen students' skills and enthusiasm for history, social studies, and the humanities. This article includes links to some primary documents that can be used in teaching.

Writing with style: two useful strategies for students

This lesson plan offers teachers two useful strategies dealing with word repetition and sentence variety that they can incorporate into their writing lessons. These two writing strategies can be administered in any writing class. A major benefit of both of them is that they are able to flesh out problems with word repetition and sentence variety quite easily. When these strategies are introduced in classes, students are usually surprised at the number of times they repeated the same words at the beginning of their sentences. Further, they are surprised when they discover their sentences lack variety.