In Maine, how districts and schools implement standards remains entirely a local decision. Adult education curricula are designed to address standards-based instruction for high school diploma and College Transitions courses. Adult education programs are not required to use these curricula, but the Maine Department of Education has compiled the following resources that educators may find helpful as part of our commitment to supporting Maine's learning community.
Each curriculum is aligned to the revised Maine Learning Results--which have been updated to include the Common Core State Standards--the Quality Curriculum Rubric, the National Reporting System Level Descriptors and the Maine College Transitions course outlines. All curricula designers included learning activities to promote achievement as measured by formal and informal assessments including the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems and the ACCUPLACER®.
Language Arts Curricula
- Reading & Writing Applications (DOC, 1.27MB). Curriculum for Educational Functioning Level (EFL) 4 adult learners.
- A Thematic Approach to Teaching Reading Strategies (DOC, 1.27MB). Curriculum for EFL 5 adult learners.
- Essential Strategies for Effective Writing (DOC, 136KB). Curriculum for EFL 5 adult learners.
- Preparing for College and Workplace Reading (DOC, 1.27MB). Curriculum for EFL 6 adult learners.
- Preparing for College and Workplace Writing (DOC, 146KB). Curriculum for EFL 6 adult learners.
- Pre-Algebra (RTF, 147KB). Curriculum for EFL 5 adult learners.
- Applied Algebra Part A (DOC, 399KB). Curriculum for EFL 5/6 adult learners.
- Applied Algebra Part B (DOC, 569KB). Curriculum for EFL 6 adult learners.
Curriculum Development Project
The Curriculum Development Project offers resources for directors and teachers as they move to align their curriculum to standards-based education. These materials also provide guidelines that ensure alignment with the guiding principles of adult education in Maine.
Additional Curriculum Resources
Maine educators developed the following resources, which are intended for use in an adult high school completion program, with the exception of the early childhood curriculum.
- Developing Vocabulary Through Self-Selected Text (PDF, 1.2MB). Reading curriculum vocabulary unit, developed by the Capital Area Adult Education Consortium in Augusta.
- Early Childhood Literacy Curriculum for the Four-Year Old (PDF, 1.5MB). Use a collaborative learning process to actively involve children in demonstrating their understanding of how words and images communicate.
- Everyday Math: Level Two (PDF, 146KB). Sample math lesson plans on the topics of fractions, decimals, percents and graphs.
- Integrated Social Studies (U.S. History/Government) (PDF, 1.7MB). Help students become productive workers, family members and citizens using this social studies curriculum, created by Ellsworth Adult Education.
- The Process of Writing: A Beginning Curriculum for High School Writing (PDF, 3.2MB). Encourage students to improve their skills and to become more comfortable with different forms of writing.