Course Syllabus

CSKLS 732, Section # 2397

Course Description

This course is designed for basic language/social studies instruction in English and based on academic levels through 12th grade utilizing GED and HiSET curriculum. Students are to attend live online meetings for each class session at the days/time(s) listed below. Students are expected to be online with reliable internet, mic, and/or camera during the entire scheduled time.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will prepare to take Reasoning through Language Arts and/or Social Studies test for GED or HiSET test

Class Meetings

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00-7:30 pm (lecture) Online via Zoom

All lectures will be recorded and accessible only to those enrolled in the class

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:30-8:30 (Lab-recommended). You are encouraged during this hour to "meet" with instructor, establish testing account, do lessons in Essential Education GED/HiSET Software, and take practice tests.

Instructor Contact

Patti McCabe-Price


Office Hours: via Zoom 7:30-8:30 or per email request. I will try to respond to emails within 48 hours.

Course Web Site

Students will use the Canvas course web site for assignment instructions, submitting assignments, viewing classmate's work, sharing resources, and viewing grades.


No textbook is required. Instructor will be using Steck-Vaughn GED Test Preparation 2014: Reasoning Through Language Arts and Social Studies (Workbook & Student Book). Below is a list of GED Prep Books:

GED Prep Books F2015 (1).docx

You can locate and order textbooks online via the SRJC Bookstore. 

Required Software

You will need the following software for this course. [If linking to PDF or Word documents, QuickTime or Flash videos, put in a link to the helper applications in your Syllabus or Getting Started section of your course materials.]

Important Dates

Day Class Begins: October 12, 2021

Day Class Ends: December 9, 2021

Note: No class Thursday, November 11 (Veteran's Day) and Thursday, November 25 (Thanksgiving Day) 

Instructor Announcements and Q&A Forum

The instructor may post announcements on the “Instructor Announcements” page in Canvas throughout the semester. Canvas notifies students according to their preferred Notification Preferences as soon as the instructor creates an Announcement. A “Q&A Forum” is also on Canvas to ask for assistance of your classmates or of instructor.


It is your responsibility to come prepared to class/lecture and scheduled lab each day, ready to participate and answer or ask questions on the current material. Please email instructor if you must be absent.  Any student with excessive absences may be dropped from the class. 

Grading Policy

CSKLS 732 is a noncredit course.  However, attendance, class participation, and showing satisfactory progress in attaining English and social studies skills necessary to pass these portions of either the GED or HiSET test are the main components of your final grade.  Grade rubric:

  • P = Pass. You have accomplished all the necessary skills for this course. You will most likely receive this grade if you Pass your GED/HiSET during the course, or meet the course outcomes. If you are continuing on to Part 2 or continuing your studies in the next semester, you will likely receive a grade of P or SP (see below)
  • SP = Satisfactory Progress. You are continuing to work on your skills within a certain level, but have not completed them all yet. You are encouraged to re-enroll in CSKLS 731/732, and continue to work on them. Most students attending this class will receive a grade of SP, unless you don't attend often enough to make progress.
  • NP = No Progress. We have made a study plan and you have been attending, but you have not completed enough work to show progress. You should return the next semester to retake this course, and start working on your assignments. Few students will receive this grade; students who stop attending will most likely be dropped from the course or get a grade of W instead. 
  • W = Withdraw. You do not have a study plan or have not attended enough hours to show progress. Come back the next semester to retake this course and we’ll help you get started! (Please note: the W grade in a non-credit course does not count against you. You can get an unlimited number of W's in a non-credit course. You only have to worry about having too many W's for credit courses. So there is no penalty for getting a W in this course; it's just a state requirement that we report students' progress or when they stop attending.)

Standards of Conduct

Students who register in SRJC classes are required to abide by the SRJC Student Conduct Standards. Violation of the Standards is basis for referral to the Vice President of Student Services or dismissal from class or from the College. See the Student Code of Conduct page.

Collaborating on or copying of tests or homework in whole or in part is considered an act of academic dishonesty. I encourage students to share information and ideas, but not their work. See these links on Plagiarism:
SRJC Writing Center Lessons on avoiding plagiarism
SRJC's policy on Academic Integrity

Zoom Etiquette

  • Your mic will be muted when entering the Zoom. Please raise your "hand" to let the instructor know you want to speak.
  • You can also use the chat button to respond and send messages to instructor during lecture.
  • If you're camera shy, that's OK, but you are encouraged (not required) to turn your camera on during class as you get more comfortable. Seeing everyone in class makes for a more "live" and participatory experience.
  • Be considerate of others' feelings and use language carefully.

Special Needs

Students with disabilities who believe they need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact Disability Resources (527-4278), as soon as possible to better ensure such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Course Summary:

Week  Dates Social Studies   Reasoning in Language Arts
1 10/12 & 10/14 Introduction, History, Civics & Government: 1800's Reading & Writing
2 10/19 & 10/21 History, Civics & Government: 1800's, Native Americans Reading & Writing: Paragraph, Essay
3 10/26 & 10/28

History, Civics & Government: Civil War

Reading,& Writing
4 11/2 & 11/4 History, Civics & Government: Civil War, Amendments Reading & Writing: Extended Response
5 11/9  History, Civics & Government: Reconstruction NO CLASS,  11/11 Veteran's Day
6 11/16 & 11/18 History, Government & Economics: WI & WWII Reading & Language: Parallelism
7 11/23 

History, Government  & Geography: WWII, New Deal Prohibition

NO CLASS,  11/25 Thanksgiving Day
8 11/30 & 12/2 History: WWII, ERA

Reading for Evidence & Writing

9 12/7 & 12/9 Government: 1960's, Civil Rights, Historic Landmark Cases & Review

Reading: Analyze Visuals & Review

Social Studies--History, Civics & Government

Content: U.S and World History from 1800's-Present, Geography and Economics

Skills: Read for Main Idea, Build Vocabulary, Determine Point of View and Faulty Logic, Draw Conclusions, Interpret Visual Graphics and Political Cartoons

Reasoning through Language Arts

Content: Informational and Literary texts, Extended Response prompts

Skills: Read for Main Idea; Analyze Setting; Identify Evidence; Determine Author's Point of View, Compare and Contrast; Make Inferences; Synthesize Information; Analyze Opposing Arguments; Draw Conclusions; Identify Sentence and Paragraph; Organize, write, revise and edit one paragraph

PLEASE NOTE:  This syllabus is intended to give you guidance in what may be covered during the semester and will be adhered to as closely as possible.  However, I reserve the right to modify, supplement, and make changes as course needs arise. This syllabus is an agreement between instructor and student. Continued registration in this course means that you agree to the policies and procedures outlined in this syllabus and the associated course Canvas website.