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GEAR UP Writing Webinars

GEAR UP webinars have the dual purpose of providing GED® content review for teachers and providing related teaching strategies, including sample lesson plans and curriculum resources. Prior to each webinar, the Gear Up series offers “pre-work” readings and/or web activities that teachers can access in order to build their background knowledge before attending the webinar, as needed. 

Episode 1: Writing for the Social Studies Test

This webinar reviews requirements of the extended response for the 2014 GED Social Studies test. It discusses resources and activities for teaching students to successfully write their response.

Episode 2: Identifying and Evaluating Evidence

Reviews strategies for identifying and evaluating evidence with learners at various skill levels

Episode 3: Paraphrasing Evidence

This webinar will review strategies for paraphrasing to improve writing skills, increase comprehension of challenging reading material, and become better test-takers. We will discuss activities to scaffold writing and review the components of teaching students to paraphrase as they read academic passages. Participants will receive materials to download for classroom use.

Episode 4: Writing an Argument

In this webinar, participants will learn about the basic structure of an argument. We will explore some free online resources for finding readings about topical issues that could be used as the basis for practice with argument writing. The presenter will share some graphic organizers and sentence frames to help with scaffolding lessons. Participants will be actively engaged during this webinar and will complete a number of hands-on activities.