Transformative Reading

Course Number: RD 90
Transcript Title: Transformative Reading
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 27, 2019
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

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

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