Transformative Reading

Course Number: RD 90
Transcript Title: Transformative Reading
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 16, 2015
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
Repeats available for credit: 0


Placement into RD 90

Course Description

Improves reading skills and strategies, including identifying purpose, improving reading accuracy, developing vocabulary, self-monitoring and improving text analysis.  Placement into RD 90. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Read regularly and identify, clarify, and/ or prepare for a complex reading purpose. 
  2. Read accurately, including text composed of dense or long, complex sentences and paragraphs.
  3. Use strategies easily to pronounce and/or understand the meanings of unfamiliar words, including those found in a complex or dense text. 
  4. Choose from a range of sophisticated strategies and apply them to self-monitor and/or enhance text comprehension.
  5. Locate, analyze and critique stated and unstated information, ideas/arguments, and/or themes in a complex or dense functional, informational, or persuasive text.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies may include: written summaries, responses; Reading logs/ journals/ portfolios; Presentations; Quizzes; Graded homework; Small group projects; Discussion;  Oral reading; Conferences with instructor; Exams.

Course Activities and Design

  • Book reports
  • Vocabulary quizzes
  • Comprehension  tests
  • Journaling
  • Reading strategy projects
  • Decoding analysis
  • Personal reflection
  • Discussion
  • Reading aloud
  • Written responses
  • In-class debates

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Identifying reading purpose
  • Word decoding and pronunciation
  • Accurate reading of complex¬† texts
  • Comprehension strategies
  • Self-monitoring
  • Text analysis and criticism
  • Annotation
  • Managing implied or unstated information