GED Verbal Prep

GED Verbal
A Trudie House

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Instructor Information:
Rebecca Jackson
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Program consists of a review and instruction in English, social sciences,  literature, and the United States and Georgia Constitutions. Course content is designed to prepare adults who have not completed high school to take the General Education Development (GED) test. Enrollment is limited to students with an assessed reading grade equivalent of 8.0 or higher as determined by A Trudie House’s entrance evaluation.




Instruction and development of reading skills such as: main idea supporting ideas, relationships, inference, authors point of view application of ideas and words in context. Instruction and development of reading skills as applied to interpretation of literary devices.

1. To identify the main idea stated in a reading passage.
2. To identify facts or details that support the main idea of the reading passage.
3. To identify relationships in a reading passage.
4. To infer the main idea and details of a reading passage.
5. To infer the feelings of opinion of the author of a reading passage.
6. To apply ideas expressed in the reading passage to other situations.
7. To infer the meaning of a word from its context in a reading passage.
8. Determining style and tone in prose.
9. Recognize and identify figurative language.
10. Reading comprehension in prose
11. Recognizing and identifying figures of speech in poetry.
12. Recognize and identify devices of sound and repetition in poetry .
13. Reading comprehension in poetry.
14. Reading comprehension in drama.


Instruction and development of grammar and writing skills designed to assist student in successfully completing the GED exam. The writing section will help the student develop the necessary skills needed to write an essay. These will include the planning, organizing, evaluating and revising of an essay.

1. To determine whether the verb in a given sentences agrees in number and person with its subject.
2. To determine when to use the proper case pronoun, and agreement with its antecedent.
3. To use and identify the correct verb tense form of any regular or irregular verb.
4. To identify and use the correct form of an adjective or adverb in a sentence.
5. To apply rules of capitalization and punctuation to a sentence.
6. To identify and correct misspelled words.
7. To identify the correct alternative in questions involving modifiers, verbs and parallel construction.
8. To apply basic principles of logic and organization in sentence construction and paragraph sense.
9. To identify and apply the basic skills in composing an essay.


Instruction and development of reading skills as applied to interpretation of fundamental of basic social studies concepts.


Instruction and development of understanding basic concepts of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Illinois Constitution, and displaying the flag.

1. Understand basic concepts of the Declaration of Independence.
2. Understand concepts of the terms relating to the Constitution of the United States
3. Understand concepts of and terms relating to the Constitution of Illinois.
4. Be familiar with rules regarding displaying the flag.


1. Identify the topic sentence in a paragraph
2. To identify supporting ideas in a paragraph.
3. To identify a cause and effect relationship.
4. Drawing conclusions from inference.
5. Infer authors point of view and separate fact from opinion.
6. Following directions, recalling information and synthesizing.
7. General vocabulary skills.
8. Identify authors style and tone.
9. To recognize and identify examples of simile, metaphor, and personification.
10. To select meaning of words or their context, identify relationships between characters, identity setting of a story, and identify allegory.
11. Identify examples of hyperbole, rhetorical questions, and apostrophe.
12. Identify examples of onomatopoeia, alliteration and parallelism.
13. Recognize and interpret meaning, symbolism, or message of a poem.
14. To identify the elements of drama such as: plot, dialogue, characterization setting, and climax.


1. Writing Skills (Usage)
A. Subject-Verb Agreement selecting the verb, which agrees with the subject of a sentence.
2. Irregular Verbs
A. Understanding the main parts of a verb and verb tenses.
3. The Verb “To Be”
A. Use verb tenses forms correctly and the linking verb.
4. Plural and Possessive Nouns
A. Understanding the different ways to make nouns plural and possessive.
5. Pronouns and Antecedents
A. To determine when subjective case, objective or possessive case pronouns would be needed in a sentence.
B. To determine if a pronoun agrees with its antecedent in gender and number.
6. Adjectives and Adverbs
A. Using adjective and adverb forms correctly in a sentence.
7. Capitalization, Punctuation and Spelling
A. Using capitalization in a friendly letter.
B. Using the comma to clarify sentences.
C. Using the semi-colon to clarify a sentence.
D. Understanding of basic spelling rules.
8. Sentence Structure
A. Understanding fragments and run-on sentences
B. How to combine sentences
C. Understanding and using coordination in parallel structure.


1. Reading and Understanding the Topic
A. Background information
B. Key words of the topic
C. Instructions
2. Planning
A. Making a planning list.
3. Organizing
A. Grouping and naming ideas.
4. Detailing
A. Adding details and putting groups in order
5. Writing The Topic Sentence
A. Getting key ideas and words from the background information and the topic.
6. Writing the Introduction
A. Putting the preview sentences in proper context.
7. Writing
A. Writing the body
8. Evaluating and Revising
A. Making changes to improve the composition
B. To apply the concepts of planning, organizing, writing, evaluating and revising an essay.


1. History
A. Discovery/Exploration of America
B. Formation of American Government
C. Civil War
D. Industrial Revolution
E. 20th Century
2. Economics
A. Types of economic systems
B. Government role in economy
C. Labor
D. Consumer Economics
E. Capitalism/Business community
3. Geography
A. Physical Geography (heavy emphasis on map-reading)
B. Environment/Climate
C. Cultural Geography
4. Behavioral Science
A. Psychology
B. Sociology
C. Anthropology


1. Main points and theory of Declaration of Independence
2. The federal system and separation of powers.
3. The three branches of government, United States and Illinois.
4. The amendments.
5. Rules regarding the displaying of the flag.


Mulcrone, Patricia, Fox, Karen A., Fox Dan A., Brown, Bruce, Phillip Janice, The New GED, Chicago, Contemporary Books Inc., 2012.


Our Federal and State Constitutions, A.J.S. Publications, Inc., 1988.
Handbook of Georgia Government.  Atlanta; State of Georgia
Constitution of the State of Georgia and United States.

Students will receive an “S” for satisfactory progress or an “I” for incomplete based on class attendance and participation as well as mastery of assigned tasks. Class is repeatable three times.


As a resident of A Trudie House, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the mission of our organization. It is your responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the A Trudie House Student Conduct Code and the Academic Integrity Policy, as contained in the Resident Handbook.

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