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These excellent, thorough lesson plans were created by outstanding teachers in Illinois. The Adult Education Professional Development Network members were inspired by the lesson development of these individuals as they constructed and submitted their plans. The Lesson Bank was born out of the excellence of their work in the Professional Pathways trainings. We thank them for sharing their lessons and for their desire to improve not only their own instruction but also the instruction around the state. Thanks for lifting all the boats!

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Federalism is defined and the Constitution is examined as students learn how and why the U.S. government consists of 3 branches and better understand the respective role, functions, and powers of each.

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This 4-day lesson including assignments introduces students to basic business writing, memo writing, proper email etiquette and professional correspondence. In the end students will draft various business correspondence.

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During this lesson students identify cause and effect relationships while learning the importance of conservation. The lesson concludes with students creating a Google slide explaining the importance of conservation

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This lesson can be completed over 1-2 days and helps students research the cost of a certificate or degree program and compare that to the median income for that profession in their area.

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Students will practice their multiplication fast facts to increase fluency. They will record their scores as they practice and then use their self-collected date to create a bi-variate bar graph, which they'll analyze when they're finished. Finally, they'll connect the concept of data analysis to the world at large recognizing how it is used in everyday events like news broadcasts.

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Students are presented with an activation of background knowledge for finding the area of a rectangle. Then, they are presented with slides that guide them from area of a rectangle, to area of a right prism using step by step scaffolding. Finally, students apply their knowledge in an application activity that allows them to demonstrate what they've learned and extend to a challenge.

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During this lesson students identify the meanings of words and work collaboratively with classmates while applying research strategies to explore ecosystems and publish and present findings.

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This three-part lesson introduces students to the importance of different types of exercise. Activities in this lesson include calculating target heart rates and creating an individualized exercise plan.

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Students are presented with slides that explain the concepts of factors, multiples, greatest common factors, and least common multiples. The slides include an application activity with real world example problems at the end that may be completed in groups, as a class, or individually. opportunities for practice are embedded throughout the slides.

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This 2-part lesson introduces students to the importance of goal-setting and ends with students creating their own SMART goals.

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Whole class and small group activities engage students as they learn about genotypes, phenotypes, create Punnett Squares, and use ratios to predict genetic outcomes of offspring.

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Students explore the differences between diseases, infections, bacteria and viruses and the body’s protective functions. Understanding of the Scientific Method is reinforced as immunization resulting from vaccines is examined.

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This three-part lesson introduces students to the concept of infection and infection prevention. Activities in this lesson include modeling the spread of infectious disease, reading a thermometer, and creating a public service announcement about an infectious disease.

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This lesson introduces students to common interview clothing and behavior using a video and graphic organizer. Students also practice making recommendations using the word 'should'.

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This lesson allows students to explore historical Civil Rights marches and reflect on the similarities and differences between those events and happenings of today, while practicing question strategies and using graphic organizers to create an explanatory text.

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This three-part lesson introduces students to health and safety considerations related to taking medications. Activities in this lesson include analyzing medicine labels, performing internet research on medications, and doing simple medication calculations.

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This 3-part lesson will allow students to learn and implement note-taking strategies needed for college or a certification program. The skills learned in this lesson can be easily adapted to content currently being taught.

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This three-part lesson introduces students to the concept of nutrition. Activities in this lesson include evaluating a food label and designing a healthy meal plan, among many others.

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Students will be introduced to the three concepts of ratios, proportions, and percents via slides. The slides offer an opportunity for the students to practice with each of these concepts. Next, the students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge working alone or with a partner on a worksheet. Finally, included is an assessment quiz.

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This 3-part lesson allows students an opportunity to develop the research skills needed to write a research paper. The lesson can be implemented using current content you are working with.

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In this lesson students will analyze key components of a story. Students will make predictions and develop alternate endings to the story.

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This lesson illustrates the structure, function, and powers of the government in the United States. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the purpose and structure of the Declaration of Independence and differentiate between the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

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The lesson introduces the purpose of the thesis statement and how to construct an effective thesis statement. Included are assignments for choosing an effective thesis statement and constructing a thesis statement for an extended response.

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This Civil Rights lesson explores the use of context clues to determine word meaning, while identifying author's use of evidence to support reasons, and offers an opportunity for students to write an opinion piece about the importance of voting.

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This lesson will show students how to develop a Persuasive Extended Response following a six-step process. The introduction and use of graphic a graphic organizer and corresponding assignment are included.

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