ELA Lens: Contextualization & Relevance
Contextualized skill instruction engages learners in learning, using, and integrating ELA skills in meaningful ways that replicate how skills are used outside a school setting.
Well designed, contextualized instruction can ultimately do double-duty: teach ELA skills and develop knowledge of the world.
When making curricular or instructional decisions, ask the following questions (also downloadable as a one-page PDF):
- How are your learners building knowledge of content-area topics (civics, science, workforce prep, etc.) while learning and practicing ELA skills and standards?
- For ASE-level students who do not have separate classes for social studies or science, do topics relate to what they will see on the HiSET/GED or in their next steps?
- Do topics represent real-life contexts in which ELA skills are used by adults?
- Within the time available and other constraints, what is possible for project and problem-based learning?
- What opportunities exist for learners to apply the targeted ELA skills and standards in meaningful tasks, appropriate for adults? (in addition to passing the HiSET or GED)?
- If students ask, "Why are we studying this?" what will you answer?
- Do major tasks seem to be worth the time involved?
- Do any tasks need to be streamlined or simplified?
Tools and Resources
- ELA Proficiency Guide
- Learning Standards and Frameworks (including HiSET and GED)
- Resources for Content Areas (helpful for finding reading material video clips, lesson ideas, etc. related to social studies and science topics)
- Examples of Contextualized Curriculum
- Teaching Skills That Matter (TSTM), including an emphasis on Civics, Health Literacy, Workforce Preparation, and Financial Literacy
|SABES ELA Curriculum Hub|
|SABES CCRSAE-ELA Hub|
|SABES ELA Home Page|