Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ABE 0790
Course Title:
Intermediate Integrated Reading and Writing
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Course Description

Integrates reading and writing skills to enhance critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis of information for understanding and effective communication. Required: CASAS Reading Placement 210-234. Prerequisites: Department permission required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion the student will be able to:

  • Use and understand the pre-writing and pre-reading strategies to identify, clarify, and or prepare for any reading or writing activity.
  • Incorporate fluency and new vocabulary into daily and academic reading and writing.
  • Apply a range of strategies including activating prior knowledge and cultural understanding to monitor and enhance comprehension.
  • Utilize steps in the writing process and apply the appropriate English language conventions in daily and academic writing.
  • Apply critical thinking in written responses to a text or prompt.
  • Apply improved communication skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Complete CASAS reading test
  • Create writing portfolios, including reflections, drafts that show evidence of revising and editing
  • Write paragraphs, short essays, letters, poems, journal entries, notes, annotations
  • Graph reading rate
  • Develop projects, presentations, and debates
  • Complete Reading with Understanding Diary
  • Assess comprehension with quizzes, multiple choice questions, written response and discussion questions
  • Reading journal
  • ABE Intermediate In-Class Reading and Writing Assessment
  • Guided note taking and short discussions in response to videos
  • Complete a computer-based assignment

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes: Family, Citizen, Lifelong Learner, Worker, Social Studies, Science, Metacognition
Concepts: goal setting, critical thinking, decision making, confidence building, collaborative teamwork, student success skills, cultural literacy, media literacy
Issues: barriers to student success, access to resources, communication skills, learning differences, test and school anxiety, and behavior appropriate to academic and professional settings


  • Awareness of writing as a process (planning, developing, organizing, revising, editing)
  • Develop writing content and style in a way that serves the purpose
  • Draw on prior experience, new knowledge and one€™s own questions, interests and observations to generate ideas
  • Use one or more strategies to plan and organize text
  • Develop and organize ideas logically in a simple academic or creative text
  • Introduce a topic clearly and sequence ideas logically with a beginning middle and end 
  • Use basic and some complex grammar to construct sentences and linked paragraphs
  • Use everyday and some academic vocabulary related to a broad range of topics and contexts
  • Express one€™s thought and ideas in a way that demonstrates attention to the purpose, context and audience.
  • Consider and apply feedback from self and others to remove barriers to reader comprehension and better address the writing purpose
  • Use writing conventions appropriate for simple and some complex text types
  • Proofread and apply knowledge of basic conventions to enhance reader understanding
  • Write using a variety of technologies and digital media
  • Carry out writing tasks that require short, simple explanation
  • Use a variety of strategies to reinforce writing development
  • Appraise own writing skills and abilities and those of others through revision/editing process
  • Revise and/or edit written work from self-review, peer or instructor feedback
  • Summarize ideas in a text
  • Read regularly for own purposes
  • Identify, clarify, and/or prepare for reading purpose
  • Monitor comprehension and adjust reading strategies
  • Pronounce on sight words, and abbreviations found in simple and everyday texts related to areas of interest or study
  • Recognize on sight syllable patterns/types, root words, and affixes in common words
  • Acquire and apply meanings of words and phrases found in simple and everyday texts related to personal interest
  • Accurately read aloud text composed of simple, compound and short complex sentences with appropriate pacing, phrasing, and expression
  • Apply prior knowledge of the content and situation, including cultural understanding, to support comprehension
  • Use textual evidence to analyze the content and reflect on the underlying meanings
  • Use strategies in combination to pronounce and/or discern the meanings of unfamiliar words found in a simple text
  • Choose from a range of simple strategies and integrate them to monitor and/or enhance text comprehension, (eg: use knowledge of common text formats and text features, make inferences, retell, reread, use simple graphic organizers, discuss with others, make a mental picture, use simple text markings like highlighting, underlining, noting personal reactions/questions)
  • Locate, analyze, and critique stated and implied information and/or ideas simple functional, informational, or persuasive text
  • Identify the topic, stated main idea, or central claim, and key details within a short text
  • Evaluate the reliability, accuracy and sufficiency of information and claims, (eg: checking for missing details, distinguishing fact vs. opinion, identifying misleading statements)
  • Draw conclusions related to the common structural elements of a simple literary work
  • Identify, interpret and appreciate an authors use of language and simple literary techniques
  • Connect people/characters, events, information, ideas, or themes presented in one text with those in other texts and/or in real life to address the reading purpose
  • Recognize compare/contrast and cause/effect