Texas Adult Education Standards and Benchmarks
for ABE ASE and ESL Learners

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Texas Adult Education Standards
Lesson Plan

Before you begin

Title: Read a Story about Juan Bobo

Setting: ESL

NRS Level(s):

Level 1: Beginning Literacy
Level 2: Low Beginning
Level 3: High Beginning

Open entry/exit: Yes

Context: Academic

Standard(s): Listen Actively

Benchmark(s): 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

Objective: To find and apply familiar words when reading a story.

Materials: Chalkboard, paper, pencil, handouts of Juan Bobo story (found at):

Estimated time needed to prepare for this lesson plan: 30 minutes

Estimated time needed to complete this lesson plan: 6 hours

The Lesson Plan

Introduce the lesson:
As a class, review alphabet sounds (voiced, voiceless, and silent letters). Review previously learned one-syllable words and sight words. Explain to students that they will now learn to recognize these words by reading a story.

Teach the lesson:
The teacher will distribute handouts of a story about Juan Bobo, a lazy young man who is sent to do a chore which proved to be unsuccessful due to his carelessness. Students should be instructed to follow along as the teacher reads. At the conclusion of the story, the teacher should provide a list of words that students might have recognized in the story. The teacher pronounces the word and the class repeats. The teacher pronounces a word and calls upon an individual to repeat. The teacher spells out the word and the class repeats the spelling. Instructor pronounces the word and calls upon students individually for a response. Instructor pronounces each word from the word list, reading slowly and breaking into syllables.

Practice the lesson:
As a class, the story should be read again. The teacher should randomly call upon students to read, ensuring that all students have an opportunity to participate.

Using the handout of the story and copies of the word list, each student should underline words in the handout that are found in the word list (these should be words they already know). Students should next circle unknown words. Using the dictionary, students should write definitions of the unfamiliar words identified from the story.

As a class, each student should share the unfamiliar words they identified and provide the definitions they located in the dictionary.

Assess the lesson:
This lesson allows an opportunity for the teacher to give immediate feedback as the lesson progresses.

Apply the lesson to the real world:
Students should discover they may not recognize a written word but understands it when he/she hears it.

Submitted by: Elma Ramirez

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