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Reading 90

Course Number: RD 90
Transcript Title: Reading 90
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Prerequisites

Placement into RD 90

Course Description

Improves reading through work on vocabulary development, motor skills, comprehension and some reading rate improvement. Prerequisite: Placement into RD 90. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Find and articulate the main idea and major details in a variety of written text: textbooks, literature, newspapers, and magazines.
  2. Read critically and think critically, distinguishing fact from opinion and determining the author's purpose and bias.
  3. Use reading for pleasure, learning, and intellectual stimulation.
  4. Employ vocabulary development strategies.
  5. Adjust reading rate to the nature of the material.
  6. Exhibit successful college student behaviors.
  7. Perform successfully in Reading 115.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Group/Individual assessment may include any of the following:

  • Conference with instructor
  • Written summaries/responses
  • Reading logs/journals/portfolios
  • Presentations with rating criteria
  • Take-home exams
  • Quizzes
  • Graded homework
  • Attendance
  • Projects with rating criteria

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • A strong reader understands organization:
    • General/specific
    • Topic/main ides/supporting ideas
    • Detail
    • Classification
    • Comparison/contrast
    • Cause/effect
    • Process
    • Narrative
    • Argument
  • A strong reader commits to ongoing vocabulary development:
    • Context
    • Dictionary
    • Affixes/roots
    • Sight vocabulary
  • A strong reader understands that critical reading and thinking are crucial:
    • Inference
    • Author's purpose
    • Fairness
    • Bias
    • Fact/opinion
  • A strong reader reads for many purposes:
    • Pleasure
    • Knowledge acquisition
    • Intellectual stimulation

Competencies and Skills

  • Comprehension:
    • Preview
    • Highlight
    • Outline
    • Skim
    • Scan
  • Vocabulary:
    • Use context
    • Use dictionary
    • Recognize roots and affixes
    • Increase sight vocabulary
  • Higher Order Thinking:
    • Analyze a problem
    • Solve a problem
    • Draw reasonable inferences
    • Integrate information and ideas
    • Think holistically
    • Distinguish fact from opinion
  • Work and Career Preparation:
    • Work productively with others
    • Organize and use time effectively