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College Reading

Course Number: RD 115
Transcript Title: College Reading
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F, P-NP, audit (default)

Prerequisites

Placement into RD 115 or successful completion of RD 90 AND placement into WR 90

Course Description

Focuses on expanding reading frequency and effectively reading complex college level texts; emphasizes comprehension strategies, critical reading and thinking skills, information literacy, vocabulary development, student success strategies and adapting reading rate to different reading tasks. Prerequisite: Placement into RD 115 or successful completion of RD 90 AND placement into WR 90. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Proficiently use stages of reading—previewing, reading, review-and reading strategies in order to improve comprehension, control concentration, and increase persistence and retention in a variety of academic and non-academic reading tasks. Refine connections between text, the student’s life, student’s knowledge of the world, and other texts. Examine interactions between relationship, richness, structure, style, vocabulary, and purpose within complex texts. Increase reading frequency. Adjust reading rate to the nature of the material.
  2. Advance and broaden use of vocabulary development strategies to learn and use new words including discipline-specific vocabulary in listening, speaking and writing. Advance word parts study.
  3. Refine written evaluation, analysis, and reflection in response to various texts.
  4. Analyze texts in order to identify and articulate explicit and implied main idea and major details, distinguish fact from opinion, determine the author’s and reader’s purpose and bias, and distinguish between literal and figurative meaning in a variety of increasingly complex academic and non-academic reading materials. Make accurate inferences and rely on information provided in text to substantiate thinking. Identify and evaluate complex points of view in different texts. Cultivate flexibility and skepticism about author’s and reader’s perspectives.
  5. Use library resources to formulate a research query and select appropriate sources of information. Use critical thinking to evaluate increasingly complex and diverse information and sources for academic and lifelong learning. Identify and make use of steps in the research process.
  6. Exhibit habits and contribute to academic success, including engagement and intellectual curiosity. Employ active learning and study strategies for academic success. Use campus support services and other learning resources to help meet academic goals. Participate in a classroom learning community in a respective and responsive manner.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include, but is not limited to:

  1. Speed reading and comprehension tests/activities
  2. Quizzes on vocabulary and correct usage
  3. Midterm and comprehensive final
  4. Group/individual work demonstrating comprehension strategies
  5. Group/individual work demonstrating vocabulary usage
  6. Book review/project of novel, biography, or autobiography
  7. Other assessment activities may include:
    1. 5-10 hours on computer reading software with an analysis
    2. Conference with instructor
    3. Portfolio
    4. Individual projects, such as flash cards, outlines, maps, diagrams, note-taking methods, career exploration readings (i.e. Discover program), Service Learning

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Critical Thinking Skills

Recurring themes and concepts that students will work with include:

  1. Main idea/thesis/controlling idea
  2. Supporting details
  3. Organizational patterns
  4. Comprehension and rate
  5. Eye movements and motor skills
  6. Inferential and critical reading
  7. Passive vs. active reading
  8. Etymology and Greek and Latin roots/affixes
  9. Parts of speech

Skills

  1. Phrasing skills
  2. Skimming, scanning, and rapid reading skills
  3. Dictionary skills/reference skills
  4. Vocabulary skills
  5. Determining meaning from context
  6. Determining meaning from word parts, most common Latin/Greek roots and affixes

Department Notes

Improve reading rate, vocabulary and comprehension. Includes formation of efficient reading habits, vocabulary development, inferential and critical reading, and adapting reading rate to different reading tasks. Prerequisite: Asset score of 42 and above or successful completion of Reading 90.