By Steve Quann

What better way to celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy Week than by implementing a Tech Tip and getting students involved in advocating for expanding the adult education system! This one is aimed at helping higher-level adult learners determine main ideas in text, integrate technology and College and Career Readiness Standards, and go online to advocate for change. As usual, we offer some basic lesson ideas and not a full-fledged, detailed lesson plan. For example, you will likely want to do more pre-reading and writing activities as well as review challenging vocabulary found in the reading.

Standards Addressed:

  • CCR Anchor 2: Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas. 
  • CCR Anchor 6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

Warm up

Ask the class the following: “Adult education needs more funding.” True or False? Then follow up, asking students to respond why, orally.

1. Use a projector to show students the following letter to the president that was created by, an organization supporting adult basic education.

2. Ask students what the main idea is and where in the letter they found the information. (Review what a main idea is, if necessary.)  Have them indicate it by coming up to the computer and highlighting those areas.

3. Ask the class what supporting details they can find in the letter, and have them show the class as above. (Review what a supporting idea is, if necessary.)  

4. Then ask students what action the conclusion requests of the president. 

5. Ask the class if they agree with the letter. Talk about what a petition is and the value of filling one out. Discuss with students any privacy or other concerns they may have. Help those who want to submit the petition. 


  1. Have students read student success stories.
  2. Discuss with students their own stories. Ask them to compare theirs with a few they read from the website. Then ask them to focus on what makes their story special and unique.
  3. Work with individual students and go through the writing and revision process with them offline in Word or on paper.
  4. If they would like to submit a photo, make sure they have one ready to upload that is on the computer they are using to visit the website.
  5. Have them return to the site to submit their stories. (Provide help if needed to fill out the Captcha code.)

Send us the stories too! We’d love to see them. 

Steve Quann was a proud staff member at World Education for many years. He was the past Director of the EdTech Center and now consults as an instructional designer on e-learning and mobile learning projects.

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