Course Content and Outcome Guide for ABE 0791 Effective Summer 2015

Course Number:
ABE 0791
Course Title:
Advanced 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. Prerequisite: CASAS Reading Placement 235 or higher

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 the purpose of 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 to daily and academic writing
  • Apply critical thinking in written responses
  • Analyze, evaluate, and integrate writing style, ideas, arguments and themes from multiple complex sources into a written or oral response

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Complete CASAS Reading Test
  • Pass GED Practice tests in Writing, Social Studies, Science and Reading
  • Take Compass Test (if college bound)
  • Create Writing portfolios, including reflections, drafts that show evidence of editing and revising
  • Write paragraphs ,essays ,letters, poems, resumes, journal entries
  • 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

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes: Family, Citizen, Lifelong Learner, Worker
Concepts :goal setting, critical thinking, decision making, confidence building, collaborative team work
Issues: barriers to student success, access to resources, communication skills, learning differences, test and school anxiety

  • Awareness of writing as a process
  • Develop writing content and style in a way that serves the purpose
  • Understand distinct English conventions
  • Appraise own writing skills and abilities and those of others through revision process
  • Revise written work from peer or instructor feedback
  • Summarize and paraphrase ideas in a text
  • Read regularly for own purposes
  • Identify, clarify, and/or prepare for complex reading purpose
  • Pronounce €œon sight€ words, abbreviations, and acronyms found in everyday texts and a range of terms related to areas of interest or study
  • Recognize €œon sight€ syllable patterns/types, root words, and affixes in multi-syllabic words
  • Acquire and apply meanings of most words and phrases found in everyday and academic texts, including terms related to specialized topics
  • Accurately read text composed of dense or long, complex sentences and paragraphs with appropriate pacing, phrasing, and expression
  • Evaluate and/or apply prior knowledge of the content and situation, including cultural understanding, to support comprehension
  • Use strategies easily and in combination to pronounce and/or discern the meanings of unfamiliar words found in a complex text
  • Choose from a range of strategies, including some sophisticated ones, and integrate them to monitor and/or enhance text comprehension
  • Locate, analyze, and critique stated and unstated information, ideas/arguments, and/ or themes in a complex functional, informational, or persuasive text
  • Draw conclusions related to the structural elements of a complex literary work, using literary terms
  • Analyze and evaluate an author€™s style, attending to the use of language and literary techniques and to influences on the writing
  • Integrate the people/characters, events, information, ideas/arguments, themes, or writing styles in lengthy or multiple complex tests with each other and/or with knowledge of the world to address a complex reading purpose