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GED Connection

Nonfiction (#112)

This episode 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.

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Series Description: GED Connection relates the subjects and skills on the GED exam to work, community, and home life. It covers all five subject areas and addresses changes incorporated in the current GED exam. GED Connection demonstrates the Casio fx-260® scientific calculator; explains grid answer formats; offers practical advice for writing the essay; shows how to interpret maps, charts, and graphics; presents topics in workplace context; and gives cross-disciplinary practice.

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  • GED Connection Orientation (#101)

    An overview of the GED test and how this series and its accompanying workbooks and online lessons can help adults prepare. [26 minutes]

  • Passing the GED Writing Test (#102)

    This program provides advice on how to prepare for the GED writing test, with sample test questions. [26 minutes]

  • Getting Ideas on Paper (#103)

    Successful writers and adult learners share ideas on how to get started writing. [26 minutes]

  • The Writing Process (#104)

    This episode outlines a three-step writing process: generating ideas, writing a rough draft, and revising/editing. [26 minutes]

  • Organized Writing (#105)

    Experienced writers offer useful organizing techniques. [26 minutes]

  • Writing Style and Word Choice (#106)

    Purpose and audience affect how authors compose various kinds of written pieces. [26 minutes]

  • Effective Sentences (#107)

    This episode explains how to write complete and correct sentences and how to correct and improve problem sentences. [26 minutes]

  • Grammar and Usage (#108)

    This episode reviews typical grammar and usage problems writers encounter. [26 minutes]

  • Spelling, Punctuation, and Capitalization (#109)

    This episode provides tips on how to improve your writing mechanics. [26 minutes]

  • The GED Essay (#110)

    GED graduates describe test day and provide tips on writing the GED essay. [26 minutes]

  • Passing the GED Reading Test (#111)

    This episode reviews the skills required, the subjects covered, and the kinds of questions included on the GED reading test. [26 minutes]

  • Fiction (#113)

    Episode 13 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. [26 minutes]

  • Poetry (#114)

    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. [26 minutes]

  • Drama (#115)

    This episode 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. [26 minutes]

  • Passing the GED Social Studies Test (#116)

    This episode presents 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. [26 minutes]

  • Themes in U.S. History (#117)

    This program explores key events and themes--such as the nation's multicultural nature--that have made the United States what it is today. [26 minutes]

  • Themes in World History (#118)

    This program looks at major events, inventions, and ideas that have shaped the world and its cultures, from ancient Egypt to the modern Middle East. [26 minutes]

  • Economics (#119)

    Business people and economics teachers explain the basics of money, finance, markets, and commerce. [26 minutes]

  • Civics and Government (#120)

    Explores the foundations and structure of American government and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. [26 minutes]

  • Geography (#121)

    Explores the relevance of geography--from the impact of humans on the environment to how places and regions define our world. [26 minutes]

  • Passing the GED Science Test (#122)

    Provides an overview of the GED science test with sample questions and an explanation of the scientific method. [26 minutes]

  • Life Science (#123)

    A variety of life science topics are explored--from basic biology to genetics to ecosystems. [26 minutes]

  • Earth and Space Science (#124)

    Topics in geology, astronomy, and meteorology, including earthquakes, how the Earth was formed, natural cycles, and the basics of weather and energy are explored. [26 minutes]

  • Chemistry (#125)

    This episode defines an element, illustrates some chemical reactions, and explores practical applications of chemistry in everyday life--from cooking to making art. [26 minutes]

  • Physics (#126)

    Explores the physics involved in roller coasters, space flight, sound, electricity, and MRI technology. [26 minutes]

  • Passing the GED Math Test (#127)

    This program gives valuable advice on what to expect from and how to prepare for the GED math test, including information on the calculator used on the test. [26 minutes]

  • Number Sense (#128)

    Explores the language of math and how you can use logic and common sense to make number problems more manageable. [26 minutes]

  • Problem Solving (#129)

    Students are presented with a process for solving basic math and word problems, either single- or multi-step. [26 minutes]

  • Decimals (#130)

    Reviews how to read decimal numbers, calculate with them, and solve everyday problems involving decimals. [26 minutes]

  • Fractions (#131)

    What fractions represent, how to judge the relative sizes of different fractions, calculating with them, and solving everyday fraction problems are some of the topics covered in this episode. [26 minutes]

  • Ratio, Proportion and Percent (#132)

    This program explores how and why people use ratios, proportions, and percentages to compare numbers and solve problems. [26 minutes]

  • Measurement (#133)

    This episode addresses 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. [26 minutes]

  • Formulas (#134)

    This episode shows how people use formulas in some practical situations and reviews commonly used formulas. [26 minutes]

  • Geometry (#135)

    This episode reviews geometry terms, basic properties of angles and triangles, and methods for solving a variety of geometry problems. [26 minutes]

  • Data Analysis (#136)

    Defines mean, median, and mode and shows how to organize data on charts and graphs and analyze statistical trends. [26 minutes]

  • Statistics and Probability (#137)

    This episode shows how statistics are gathered and used and explores the basics of chance and probability. [26 minutes]

  • Introduction to Algebra (#138)

    Explores basic algebraic concepts and properties and shows how to write and solve equations. [26 minutes]

  • Special Topics in Algebra and Geometry (#139)

    This program explores patterns in math and in the real world and shows how mathematical relationships can be plotted on the coordinate plane. [26 minutes]

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