Course Content and Outcome Guide for ABE 0791 Effective Fall 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 Reasoning Through Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science
  • 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, notes, writing in response in response to text,  and 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
  • ABE Advanced In-Class Reading and Writing Assessment
  • 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 team-work, media literacy, cultural literacy, student success skills

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)
  • Clarify purpose of the writer(s) and reader(s) in a specific situation
  • Draw on prior experience, research, new knowledge, and one€™s own questions, interests and observations to generate ideas
  • Choose among a variety of strategies appropriate to planning and organizing texts types
  • Develop and organize ideas and information in varied genres, including the presentation of an argument
  • Summarize and paraphrase ideas in a text while avoiding plagiarism
  • Introduce claims, acknowledge alternate or opposing claims and organize the reasons logically
  • Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible source
  • Use words, phrases and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claims, reasons, and evidence
  • Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented
  • Use basic and complex grammar to construct coherent text with sentences that vary in style, length and complexity
  • Draw from a broad vocabulary that includes words needed for specialized and/or academic purposes
  • Express one€™s own thoughts and ideas in a way that is clear and compelling
  • Consider and apply feedback from self and others to enhance the impact of the writing and better address the writing purpose
  • Use writing conventions appropriate for complex text types in multiple genres, including academic or occupational texts
  • Proofread and apply knowledge of conventions to enhance reader understanding
  • Draw from a variety of technologies and media appropriate for the writing purposes.
  • Carry out writing tasks that involve presentations of information, or require the synthesis, analysis and/or evaluation of ideas
  • Select the writing development strategy appropriate to writing purposes and needs
  • Read regularly for own purposes
  • Identify, clarify, and/or prepare for complex reading purpose
  • Pronounce on sight words, abbreviations, and acronyms found in everyday texts and a range of terms related to areas of interest or study
  • Recognize on 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 (e.g. scan/skim, make inferences, mark text and/or make notes, organize notes and/or make graphic organizers and text maps, write a summary to check understanding, discuss with others)
  • Use text format and features (e.g. search engines, drop down menus, headings) to enhance comprehension
  • Locate, analyze, and critique stated and unstated information, ideas/arguments, and/ or themes in a complex functional, informational, or persuasive text
  • Determine, analyze and summarize the author€™s central idea and major points over multiple paragraphs/pages
  • Evaluate the reliability, accuracy, and sufficiency of information, claims, or arguments
  • Draw conclusions related to the structural elements of a complex literary work, using literary terms
  • Analyze and evaluate an authors 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
  • Agree or disagree with an idea/argument/claim or theme, and explain reasoning
  • Follow complex, multi step directions, integrating written and graphic information (e.g., science experiment)
  • Compare and Contrast people/characters, events and ideas in different texts
  • Combine, compare, contrast and/or critique ideas/arguments/claims or themes in different texts