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I am a GED and Adult Education teacher for students ranging in age from 16 to 24. Many of my students struggle with reading comprehension. These young adults need reading material that is stimulating, interesting, and relevant to them in order to reach their learning goals.

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ACH - Creating "Scholastic" Readers in the Adult/GED Classroom

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School:
Clearview Adult Education Center 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Esther Abel 
 
Stephanie Madrinan, Peg Roberts 
Students Impacted:
30 
Grade:
Adult Ed. 
Date:
September 11, 2018

0% Funded

 

 

Only $988.06 Needed

 

Goal

I am a GED and Adult Education teacher for students ranging in age from 16 to 24. Many of my students struggle with reading comprehension. These young adults need reading material that is stimulating, interesting, and relevant to them in order to reach their learning goals. 

 

What will be done with my students

I would like to order 10 copies each of four Scholastic magazines: Choices, The New York Times Upfront, Scholastic Math, and Science World. Two of these magazines are published monthly and two are published biweekly. I would use these magazines weekly to provide my students with reading materials to supplement their GED and ABE (Adult Basic Education) curriculum. The articles are relevant to topics in their lives, and the stimulating content and vibrant pictures will grab and hold their attention. The content of these magazines will not only help them with their reading skills, but also teach the students about real world issues, including financial topics.

Many of our students come from low socio-economic background and struggle with paying for the official GED tests. After using these materials and showing readiness by passing the official GED practice test for RLA, we can provide them with a voucher to cover the cost of their test. 

 

Benefits to my students

Ultimately, my students are studying to pass four subject area tests to obtain their GED diploma: Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reading/Language Arts. Reading comprehension skills are vital for them in order to pass each of these tests. These Scholastic magazines and the lesson plans associated with them will not only help my students with their reading comprehension, but the content of the magazine articles will benefit them in various ways as well. The “Choices” magazine has articles geared toward the importance of forming good habits, such as choosing a good friend group and establishing a budget. The “New York Times Upfront” magazine has articles about current events and important issues such as the importance of the first amendment. “Scholastic Math” and "Science World" contain real world examples of how math and science concepts can be applied in the students’ daily lives.

The eighteen test vouchers we have requested will be awarded to students on a need and merit based system who have shown that they are ready for the GED RLA test, and these vouchers will help them achieve their goal of attaining their high school diploma. 

 

Describe the Students

My students are 16-24 years old and are enrolled in my GED classroom. Many of them lack fundamental reading comprehension due to a variety of factors: their low socio-economic status may not allow for reading materials such as these magazines in their homes, they have not been exposed to reading by their parents, or they have not been interested in the reading assigned to them when they were in traditional school settings. These magazines will benefit my lower level readers by giving them short, appropriate, interesting articles to read. Additionally, all of my students will benefit from the content of the articles because the articles are informative and newsworthy. My students will enjoy taking the magazines home with them when the new magazine issue arrives. 

 

Budget Narrative

I would like to get the four magazine subscriptions: Choices, The New York Times Upfront, Scholastic Math, and Science World. These subscriptions cost $94.90 for Choices, $99.90 for UpFront, $84.90 for Math, and $94.90 for Science. The total cost for all four subscriptions, including shipping, would be $412.06. After showing that they are ready to take the official RLA GED test, we would award students (on need and merit) with a voucher for the test, which costs $32. Eighteen test vouchers at $32 cost $576. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Magazine: Scholastic Choices $104.39
2 Magazine: NYT Upfront $109.89
3 Magazine: Scholastic Math $93.39
4 Magaine: Scholastic Science World $104.39
5 18 GED Reading and Language Test Vouchers $576.00
  Total: $988.06

0% Funded

 

 

Only $988.06 Needed

 

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