PCC/ CCOG / RD

Course Content and Outcome Guide for RD 90

Course Number:
RD 90
Course Title:
Reading 90
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Improves reading through work on vocabulary development, motor skills, comprehension and some reading rate improvement. Prerequisite: Placement into RD 90 or successful completion of RD 80 AND placement into WR 80. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Find and articulate the main idea and major details in a variety of written text: textbooks, literature, newspapers, and magazines.
  • Read critically and think critically, distinguishing fact from opinion and determining the author°s purpose and bias.
  • Use reading for pleasure, learning, and intellectual stimulation.
  • Employ vocabulary development strategies.
  • Adjust reading rate to the nature of the material.
  • Exhibit successful college student behaviors.
  • Perform successfully in Reading 115.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Group/Individual assessment may include any of the following:

  • conference with instructor
  • written summaries / responses
  • reading logs / journals / portfolios
  • presentations with rating criteria
  • take-home exams
  • quizzes
  • graded homework
  • attendance
  • projects with rating criteria

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues:

A strong reader understands organization:

  • general / specific
  • topic / main ides / supporting ideas
  • detail
  • classification
  • comparison / contrast
  • cause / effect
  • process
  • narrative
  • argument

A strong reader commits to ongoing vocabulary development:

  • context
  • dictionary
  • affixes / roots
  • sight vocabulary

A strong reader understands that critical reading and thinking are crucial:

  • inference
  • author°s purpose
  • fairness
  • bias
  • fact / opinion

A strong reader reads for many purposes:

  • pleasure
  • knowledge acquisition
  • intellectual stimulation

Competencies and Skills:

Comprehension:

  • preview
  • highlight
  • outline
  • skim
  • scan

Vocabulary:

  • use context
  • use dictionary
  • recognize roots and affixes
  • increase sight vocabulary
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Higher Order Thinking:

  • analyze a problem
  • solve a problem
  • draw reasonable inferences
  • integrate information and ideas
  • think holistically
  • distinguish fact from opinion

Work and Career Preparation:

  • work productively with others
  • organize and use time effectively