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Secondary GED

GED Connection

GED prep/high school review
Grade Levels:
30 minutes
Taping Rights:
Web Site:
PBS LiteracyLink
Teaching Materials:
See Below
Program Schedule:
See Below

GED Connection™, part of the PBS LiteracyLink Project, offers learners excellent preparation for the GED exams and for the world beyond. Teachers and experts in each field not only cover the skills needed for passing the tests, they explain how these skills are important in the learner’s life and work. The programs can also be used individually within high school language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics courses as an introduction to or review of topics such as literary genres, the writing process, themes in American history, probability and statistics, and chemistry. Its multimedia approach—documentary-style video programs accompanied by workbooks and online activities—makes GED accessible for students with a variety of learning styles.

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2012/13 KETKY Program Schedule

101. Orientation
An overview of the GED test and how this series and its accompanying workbooks and online lessons can help adults prepare.
102. Passing the GED Writing Test
Advice on how to prepare for the GED writing test, with sample test questions.
103. Getting Ideas on Paper
Successful writers and adult learners share ideas on how to get started writing.
104. The Writing Process
Outlines a three-step process: generating ideas, writing a rough draft, and revising/editing.
105. Organized Writing
Experienced writers offer useful organizing techniques.
106. Writing Style and Word Choice
Purpose and audience affect how authors compose various kinds of written pieces.
107. Effective Sentences
How to write complete and correct sentences and how to fix or improve problem sentences.
108. Grammar and Usage
Reviews typical grammar and usage problems writers encounter.
109. Spelling, Punctuation, and Capitalization
Tips on how to improve your writing mechanics.
110. The GED Essay
GED graduates describe test day and provide tips on writing the GED essay.
111. Passing the GED Reading Test
Reviews the skills required, the subjects covered, and the kinds of questions included on the GED reading test.
112. Nonfiction
Explores three kinds of nonfiction writing—informational, opinion, and memoir—and illustrates how to get the most out of reading them. Writer Luis Rodriguez reads from Always Running, his memoir about gang life.
113. Fiction
Explores elements of fiction in short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Flannery O'Connor, and James Baldwin and the contemporary novel Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat, who reads an excerpt from the book.
114. Poetry
Poet Sonia Sanchez reads from her work and shows how to analyze a poem, U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky introduces the "Favorite Poem Project," and people talk about how poetry can be a powerful means of expression.
115. Drama
Explores the elements of drama through a play written by an adult learner and goes behind the scenes to see how the written word is translated to the stage.
116. Passing the GED Social Studies Test
Tips on reading and interpreting maps, charts, and graphics; information on the content areas covered on the social studies section of the GED Test; and sample test questions.
117. Themes in U.S. History
Explores key events and themes—such as the nation's multicultural nature—that have made the United States what it is today.
118. Themes in World History
Major events, inventions, and ideas that have shaped the world and its cultures, from ancient Egypt to the modern Middle East.
119. Economics
Business people and economics teachers explain the basics of money, finance, markets, and commerce.
120. Civics and Government
Explores the foundations and structure of American government and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
121. Geography
Explores the relevance of geography—from the impact of humans on the environment to how places and regions define our world.
122. Passing the GED Science Test
An overview of the GED science test with sample questions and an explanation of the scientific method.
123. Life Science
Explores a variety of life science topics, from basic biology to genetics to ecosystems.
124. Earth and Space Science
Topics in geology, astronomy, and meteorology, including earthquakes, how the Earth was formed, natural cycles, and the basics of weather and energy.
125. Chemistry
Defines an element, illustrates some chemical reactions, and explores practical applications of chemistry in everyday life—from cooking to making art.
126. Physics
Explores the physics involved in roller coasters, space flight, sound, electricity, and MRI technology.
127. Passing the GED Math Test
Advice on what to expect from and how to prepare for the GED math test, including information on the calculator used on the test.
128. Number Sense
Explores the language of math and how you can use logic and common sense to make number problems more manageable.
129. Problem Solving
A process for solving basic math and word problems, either single- or multi-step.
130. Decimals
Reviews how to read decimal numbers, calculate with them, and solve everyday problems involving decimals.
131. Fractions
What fractions represent, how to judge the relative sizes of different fractions, calculating with them, and solving everyday fraction problems.
132. Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
Explores how and why people use ratios, proportions, and percentages to compare numbers and solve problems.
133. Measurement
A variety of uses for measurement, how to calculate in the English and metric systems, and how to solve for the perimeters and areas of various shapes.
134. Formulas
Shows how people use formulas in some practical situations and reviews commonly used formulas.
135. Geometry
Reviews geometry terms, basic properties of angles and triangles, and methods for solving a variety of geometry problems.
136. Data Analysis
Defines mean, median, and mode and shows how to organize data on charts and graphs and analyze statistical trends.
137. Statistics and Probability
Shows how statistics are gathered and used and explores the basics of chance and probability.
138. Introduction to Algebra
Explores basic algebraic concepts and properties and shows how to write and solve equations.
139. Special Topics in Algebra and Geometry
Explores patterns in math and in the real world and shows how mathematical relationships can be plotted on the coordinate plane.
An overview of the GED Connection Fast Track Ebook+ - with workbook, video, and online lessons.
10101. Videos
10102. Part I: Multiple Choice
In Part I, students answer multiple-choice questions.
10110. About The Essay
10111. What's on the Test
10116. What's on the Test
10122. What's on the Science Test?
10127. What's on the Math Test?
A look at how to use the Fast Track Ebook+ workbook, video, and online lessons on a tablet or smartphone.
20101. Workbooks
20102. Part II: The Essay
In Part II, students write an essay.
20110. What's The Topic?
20111. The Purpose Question
20116. Practice: Ancient Egypt
20122. Practice: Infrared Radiation
20127. Solving A Postage Question
30101. Online
30102. Organization
Organization (15%) - ordering ideas, topic sentences, relevance, and paragraphing.
30110. Writing Your Essay
30111. Practice: Film Review
30116. Practice: Us Map of Foreign Born
30122. Practice: Soccer Injuries
30127. Understand The Question
40101. Math
40102. Practice: Fragments
Sentence Structure (30%) - run-ons, fragments, and parallel structure.
40110. Knowing The Score
40111. Practice: Nonfiction Prose
40116. Practice: Nafta Bar Graph
40122. Practice: Tornado Map
40127. Multiple-Choice
50101. Reading
50102. Practice: Sentence Structure
Sentence Structure (30%) - run-ons, fragments, and parallel structure.
50110. Practice
50111. Practice: Fiction
50116. Practice: Political Cartoon
50122. Real World Context
50127. Standard Grid
60101. Writing
60102. Practice: Subject-Verb Agreement
Usage (30%) - subject-verb agreement, pronoun agreement, and tense.
60110. Read The Prompt
60111. Practice: Poetry
60116. Reading Maps
60122. Encouraging Words
60127. Coordinate Plane Grid
70101. Social Studies
70102. Practice: Homonyms
70110. Prove Your Point
70111. Comprehension
70116. Charts & Graphs
70122. Test Basics
70127. Estimate Or Calculate?
80101. Science
80102. Practice: Context Questions
Contexts - Multiple -choice questions come from how-to documents, informative writing, and workplace correspondence.
80110. Ineffective-Effective
80111. Analysis
80116. Timelines: Bc & Ad
80122. Use What You Know-Science
80127. Don't Be Afraid
90101. Get Motivated
90102. Should You Guess?
Wrong answers on multiple-choice questions do not count against a student.
90110. Get Ready
90111. Application
90116. Use What You Know-Social Studies
90122. The Scientific Method
90127. Know Some Basic Facts
100101. What Is GED Connection?
100102. Watch Your Time
GED Testing Service Director Joan Auchter says students will be told to begin writing the essay when 45 minutes remain in the test time.
100110. Test Day Tips
100111. Synthesis
100116. Tips from Experts
100122. Tip: Read Carefully
100127. Read Questions Carefully
110101. Test Tips
110102. Effective Sentences
Jan Isenhour shows why a run-on sentence is hard to follow and encourages students to focus on clear writing.
110111. Use What You Know-Reading
110116. More Test Tips
110122. Tip: Read Graphically
110127. Eliminate Wrong Answers
120102. Kiss
Tom Sant, writer and CEO of The Sant Corp., explains KISS - Keep It Short and Simple.
120111. Reading Counts
120116. If You Get Stumped
120122. Tip: Should You Guess?
120127. The Calculator
130102. Use What You Know
Joan Auchter says skills needed for the GED Writing Test, are skills that we use all the time in writing.
130111. Word Choice
130127. The Formula Sheet
140102. Stay On Topic
GED graduates advise staying on topic with a main idea, supporting it with organized ideas, and finishing with a conclusion.
140111. Tip: Leave Nothing Blank
140127. Tips for Test Day
150111. Tip: One Step at a Time
160111. Tip: Which Answers Make Sense
170111. Tip: Pace Yourself

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