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Critical Reading and Thinking Course Introduction

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Critical Reading and Thinking
Nicole Truitt
Assignments
Syllabus
Computer Labs
Tone
Existing Belief System
Read
Evaluate the Argument
Summarizing
Bias
Fact
Identify the Argument
Opinion
Metaphor
Recall Diagram
Question
Labels
Implied Meaning
Maps
Diagrams
Idioms
Graphs
Denotation
Verbal Irony
Survey
Annotating
BannerWeb
Responsibilities
Progress Chart
Technology
Expectations
Attendance
Textbooks
Policies
Blackboard
Course Schedule
OOC Readings
Contact Information
Flowcharts
Diagrams
Identify the Support
Personification
Recite
Review
Cornell Notes
Figurative Language
Reliance on Authority
Companion
Email
Humor
Mapping
Simile
Preview
Integrate
Metacognition
Recite
Outlining
Connotation
Inference
Purpose
Graphic Illustrations
Schema
RDG
120

3 things:
I went to school here at this campus.
I'm originally from California, but I've lived in Sussex County since I was 6.
I have a lot of real world experience and I really believe in what this class teaches.
You MUST have this!
Keep this open; we'll be going through it soon
DELAWARE TECHNICAL & COMMUNITY COLLEGE
COURSE SYLLABUS

Campus: Owens
Department:Developmental Studies
Course Number and Title: RDG 120, Critical Reading and Thinking
Pre-Requisites: RDG 051, PreTech Reading, and ENG 051, PreTech Writing, OR required scores on the
College Placement Test

Course Hours and Credits:3 : 0 : 3
Course Description: A college-level course designed to utilize text from various cultures to improve reading
comprehension, vocabulary, and critical reading and thinking. Additional resources are
available for skill enhancement.

Texts (required): ., Pearson Education, 2011. Smith, Brenda, and Morris, LeeAnn, Bridging the Gap, 10th ed
Kirszner, Laurie and Mandell, Stephen, The Blair Reader, 7th ed., Prentice Hall, 2011.
Novins, Cheryl, The Pearson Textbook Reader, 3d ed., Pearson Education, 2011.

Materials: RDG 120 Critical Reading and Thinking Companion, 3-ring binder, three folders (manila or pocket)

Methods of Instruction: Lecture, in-class discussions, cooperative group work, and computer information
sources.

COLLEGEWIDE CORE COURSE PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES
The student will be able to:

1.Analyze and interpret technical text, non-technical text, and fiction from culturally diverse sources utilizing critical reading and thinking strategies.
(CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

2.Utilize vocabulary contextual cues and comprehension skills needed for the discussion and written activities required in college-level courses.
(CCC 1, 2, 3, 4)

3.Demonstrate an understanding of learning strategies needed to “study read” and communicate academic information. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4)

4.Access, retrieve, and organize data from information sources needed for academic success and lifelong learning. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)









MEASURABLE PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

1.Analyze and interpret technical text, non-technical text, and fiction from culturally diverse sources utilizing critical reading and thinking strategies.

1.1Develop skill in drawing inferences.
1.2Identify an author’s and a reader’s point of view.
1.3Analyze, interpret, and evaluate ideas.
1.4Evaluate arguments.
1.5Develop critical reading and thinking strategies.
1.6Demonstrate knowledge of critical reading and thinking strategies by participating in the debate of a controversial subject.

2.Utilize vocabulary contextual cues and comprehension skills needed for the discussion and written activities required in college-level courses.

2.1Identify techniques for vocabulary development.
2.2Interact with information by predicting, questioning, and evaluating assigned activities.
2.3Demonstrate comprehension of a variety of texts.
2.4Write and/or share orally reactions to ideas presented in discussion questions of textual material.

3.Demonstrate an understanding of learning strategies needed to “study read” and communicate academic information.

3.1Recognize standard textbook format.
3.2Use textbook features to facilitate learning.
3.3Devise systematic approaches for textbook study.
3.4Identify strategies for active reading.
3.5Develop recall and retention techniques.
3.6Use various methods to organize, synthesize, and summarize information.
3.7Develop reading strategies for graphic illustrations.
3.8Create a graphic illustration from textual material.
3.9Demonstrate knowledge of learning strategies by participating in a cooperative culminating activity.

4.Access, retrieve, and organize data from information sources needed for academic success and life-long learning.

4.1Identify systems used by libraries to organize information.
4.2Use the library’s computerized online catalog.
4.3Evaluate scholarly and technical materials.
4.4Identify relevant reference works and use effective methods of retrieving information.
4.5Develop ability to make critical judgments in the selection and use of reference materials.
4.6Access information available in online databases.
4.7Demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply the cognitive skills required to critically read technical content by completing and presenting a discipline-specific collaborative project.
4.8 Evaluate the collaborative group presentations using established criteria as a peer group presenter and by providing an individualized listener summary.




EVALUATION CRITERIA

1.Students will demonstrate proficiency on each course performance objective at least to the 75% level. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all course performance objectives meet the minimum requirement.

2.The final course grade will be determined by the four course performance objectives:

CPO 1 Critical Reading and Thinking Strategies = 20%
Cumulative Activity: 10% Test: 10%
CPO 2 Critical Reading Application = 30%
In-Class Readings: 15% Out-of-Class Readings: 15%
CPO 3 Learning Strategies = 20%
Cumulative Activity: 10% Test: 10%
CPO 4 Information Sources = 30%
Orientation and Research Assignment: 15% Collaborative Project: 15%

All components of course performance objectives must be completed. Each CPO average must equal 75% or higher.

3. Retesting/Make-Up Assignments

a.If a course performance objective grade average fails to meet the 75% minimum requirement, the student may have one additional opportunity during the semester to retest on each component of objectives 1 and 3. The final passing grade on the retest will be no higher than 75%. Because of the number and/or nature of assignments in objectives 2 and 4, they have their own policies appropriate to these components – see “4” and “5” below.)
b.A student may not retest on the same day as the original assessment.
c.If a student is absent when an in-class assignment of any kind is performed, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor to arrange a make-up assignment (applies in the case where a make-up assignment is an option for the assignment - see “a” above). The final passing grade on the make-up assignment will be no higher than 75%.

4. Critical Reading Application

a.Out-of-Class reading assignments must be submitted by the due date/time assigned by the instructor.

b.As Out-of-Class reading assignments are averaged, there is no revision of Out-of-Class reading assignments, and there are no make-up assignments.

c.Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of four Out-of-Class reading assignments.

d.As In-Class reading assignments are averaged, there is no revision of In-Class reading assignments.

e.In-Class reading assignments must be completed within 30 minutes unless otherwise noted by the instructor.

5. Information Sources
a. All components of the Orientation and Research assignment must be completed upon initial submission.
b.If the Orientation and Research assignment is submitted late, the following late penalties apply: beyond the due date/time and up to 1 week late: 10 points deducted; beyond one week and up to 2 weeks late: 20 points deducted; over 2 weeks late: “0.”
c. There is no make-up assignment for the Orientation and Research assignment.
d. For the Collaborative Project, students are required to collaborate and present the final project to the class as a team.
e. There is no make-up assignment for the Collaborative Project.

Policies

Contacting the Instructor: In the event students are not able to reach the instructor, they may call The Learning Center at (302) 855-5949 and leave a message for the instructor.

Electronic Devices: Cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off while in the classroom. No text messaging is allowed. The instructor may dismiss a student who does not follow this policy.

Disruptive Behavior: Disruptive behavior and offensive language will result in dismissal from class, and the student(s) will not be re-admitted to the class until meeting with the instructor and Department Chair.

Food in the Classroom: No food and drink are allowed in the classroom except water.

Assignment Submission: Except as assigned through e-mail instruction, students are not permitted to submit assignments to the instructor via fax or the Internet unless they have prior permission from the instructor for exceptional circumstances.

A student may not leave the classroom when completing any in-class graded assignment.

No assignments will be accepted and no tests will be given after the last scheduled class session.

A student who has stopped attending class will receive a “U” (unofficial withdrawal) for this course.

College Grading System

92 - 100=A
83 - 91=B
75 - 82=C
0 - 74=R


Students should refer to the STUDENT HANDBOOK for information on the Academic Standing Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Any student who feels he/she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Students with Disabilities Office to submit his/her documentation and coordinate necessary and reasonable accommodations. Please call 302-855-1681 to make an appointment. Hearing impaired students may call the Delaware Relay System at 1-800-232-5460.




Rev. 8/10
Find your
Progress Chart
(It's on page 1)
ALL FOUR of these CPOs MUST be 75% or higher in order to pass
Which means:
You could have 100%, 100%, 100%, and 74%... and you would be unable to complete the course.


If you do not meet all of the the 75% requirements at the end of the semester, you will have an opportunity to retake &/or make-up your lowest assignments, provided you have met all other requirements of the course.
There are :
5 In Class Readings (ICR)
5 Out of Class Readings (OCR )
4 Projects
2 Tests
Quizzes on each chapter
You won't need to bring this until later in the semester. Check the course schedule!
Late and Make Up Grades
Email: ntruitt@dtcc.edu


Voice Mail: 855-5400, ext. 7600

I will provide you with a "When and Where to Find Me" document that lists my class schedule, study group times, and writing center hours. All make-up work is expected to be completed during a study group outside of class time; students are encouraged to sign up for additional dates as needed to take advantage of this resource
Write this down!!!
Don't write this down!!!
This information is also on Blackboard, I'll show you a little later!
Starting on Page 2 of your Companion:
Requirements:
*TYPED
*DOUBLE SPACED
*STANDARD MARGINS
*FULLY COMPLETED
*PROOFED FOR GRAMMAR
& SPELLING
Types of Assignments:
*WRITTEN
*ORAL
*DISCUSSION BOARD
Writing Guidelines:
*PARAGRAPH ONE
Introduction
6 sentences
*PARAGRAPH TWO
Body
8 sentences
*PARAGRAPH 3
Conclusion
6 sentences
Remember:
6-8-6!
This is not high school.
Come to class
Be prepared with all
materials, assignments,
and assigned readings
Do your best work
Don't cheat
yourself
Keep track of your
grades and
assignments
Be respectful
Know what the class
is doing, even when
you're not here
Notify me in advance
if you're going to miss
class or be late
Participate
Ask for help if you need it
Bottom Line:
You are RESPONSIBLE for your own Success
Student Resources
Campus Map
All LATE, MAKE-UP, or RETAKE Assignments
will be graded at a max of 75%
Some assignments have different "late" guidelines; for example:

* You may turn in one late ICR and one late OCR for a grade of 75%. A Second late ICR or OCR will result in a ZERO for that assignment

* The Library Project loses 10 points per week; if it's more than 2 weeks late, you get a zero.
Think about your Progress Chart; 75% doesn't give you much "wiggle room."
Tests can only be retaken if the original grade puts you in academic jeopardy; you can't make it up just to get a better score.
If you need to communicate by phone, please let me know and I'll be happy to provide an alternate phone number where you can reach me.
But don't panic!
To... WHAT?
Don't give up
Debate or Role Play
Teaching Activity
Library
An Open Lab is located in Room 180 of JTC
The Library also has a limited number of computers, but it costs 10 cents per page to print
You may think you don't need this information...
My printer is out of ink!
My internet was down!
My laptop was stolen!
I was using my boyfriend's computer and we broke up...
My printer isn't working!
I don't have the right program...
My computer crashed!
I thought I saved it...
I don't know
WHAT'S wrong!
Blackboard Help: 1-855-836-3517
8 a.m. to Midnight
Username is on bill & registration
Password is Birth Month, Day & Last 4 of your SSN
MMDDSSSS
Email is username@dtcc.edu
The Course Schedule is located on Blackboard; I'll show you this later.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you PRINT this and keep it somewhere prominent.

If you can't print Excel files from home, you can print in the lab.
Let's break from Prezi for a moment, and I'll walk you through Blackboard and BannerWeb
Educate
Strong
Persuade
Weak
Condense, Convince, Clarify
Delaware Tech
is a
Smoke-Free Campus

Food and Drink
are not allowed
in the classrooms
Cell Phone policy:
Be respectful

Leave the room
Turn off during tests
Texting during class
is rude and distracting
(Almost done, I promise!)
Whew! We're done!
I love my job!
What is Critical Reading and Thinking?
Inclement Weather
HOTLINE:
856-5555
Sign up for automatic messages in BannerWeb
You may complete
ONE make-up ICR
and
ONE make-up OCR
What does this mean?
If you miss MORE THAN ONE ICR or OCR,
you will receive a zero on the missed assignment.
Again...
Be responsible. Show up for class and do your work ON TIME
You should plan to come to campus early and print your assignments before class.
You have discussed it with me in advance
You have all components ready by class time
You are usually ready for class, and this
is a one-time exception
I will accept
assignments via email
IF:
I will NOT accept
assignments via email
IF:
You send them without my knowledge
You need extra time to complete the
assignment
You develop a habit of not being
prepared for class
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
DELAWARE TECHNICAL & COMMUNITY COLLEGE
COURSE SYLLABUS

Campus: Owens
Department:Developmental Studies
Course Number and Title: RDG 120, Critical Reading and Thinking
Pre-Requisites: RDG 051, PreTech Reading, and ENG 051, PreTech Writing, OR required scores on the
College Placement Test

Course Hours and Credits:3 : 0 : 3
Course Description: A college-level course designed to utilize text from various cultures to improve reading
comprehension, vocabulary, and critical reading and thinking. Additional resources are
available for skill enhancement.

Texts (required): ., Pearson Education, 2011. Smith, Brenda, and Morris, LeeAnn, Bridging the Gap, 10th ed
Kirszner, Laurie and Mandell, Stephen, The Blair Reader, 7th ed., Prentice Hall, 2011.
Novins, Cheryl, The Pearson Textbook Reader, 3d ed., Pearson Education, 2011.

Materials: RDG 120 Critical Reading and Thinking Companion, 3-ring binder, three folders (manila or pocket)

Methods of Instruction: Lecture, in-class discussions, cooperative group work, and computer information
sources.

COLLEGEWIDE CORE COURSE PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES
The student will be able to:

1.Analyze and interpret technical text, non-technical text, and fiction from culturally diverse sources utilizing critical reading and thinking strategies.
(CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

2.Utilize vocabulary contextual cues and comprehension skills needed for the discussion and written activities required in college-level courses.
(CCC 1, 2, 3, 4)

3.Demonstrate an understanding of learning strategies needed to “study read” and communicate academic information. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4)

4.Access, retrieve, and organize data from information sources needed for academic success and lifelong learning. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)









MEASURABLE PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

1.Analyze and interpret technical text, non-technical text, and fiction from culturally diverse sources utilizing critical reading and thinking strategies.

1.1Develop skill in drawing inferences.
1.2Identify an author’s and a reader’s point of view.
1.3Analyze, interpret, and evaluate ideas.
1.4Evaluate arguments.
1.5Develop critical reading and thinking strategies.
1.6Demonstrate knowledge of critical reading and thinking strategies by participating in the debate of a controversial subject.

2.Utilize vocabulary contextual cues and comprehension skills needed for the discussion and written activities required in college-level courses.

2.1Identify techniques for vocabulary development.
2.2Interact with information by predicting, questioning, and evaluating assigned activities.
2.3Demonstrate comprehension of a variety of texts.
2.4Write and/or share orally reactions to ideas presented in discussion questions of textual material.

3.Demonstrate an understanding of learning strategies needed to “study read” and communicate academic information.

3.1Recognize standard textbook format.
3.2Use textbook features to facilitate learning.
3.3Devise systematic approaches for textbook study.
3.4Identify strategies for active reading.
3.5Develop recall and retention techniques.
3.6Use various methods to organize, synthesize, and summarize information.
3.7Develop reading strategies for graphic illustrations.
3.8Create a graphic illustration from textual material.
3.9Demonstrate knowledge of learning strategies by participating in a cooperative culminating activity.

4.Access, retrieve, and organize data from information sources needed for academic success and life-long learning.

4.1Identify systems used by libraries to organize information.
4.2Use the library’s computerized online catalog.
4.3Evaluate scholarly and technical materials.
4.4Identify relevant reference works and use effective methods of retrieving information.
4.5Develop ability to make critical judgments in the selection and use of reference materials.
4.6Access information available in online databases.
4.7Demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply the cognitive skills required to critically read technical content by completing and presenting a discipline-specific collaborative project.
4.8 Evaluate the collaborative group presentations using established criteria as a peer group presenter and by providing an individualized listener summary.




EVALUATION CRITERIA

1.Students will demonstrate proficiency on each course performance objective at least to the 75% level. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all course performance objectives meet the minimum requirement.

2.The final course grade will be determined by the four course performance objectives:

CPO 1 Critical Reading and Thinking Strategies = 20%
Cumulative Activity: 10% Test: 10%
CPO 2 Critical Reading Application = 30%
In-Class Readings: 15% Out-of-Class Readings: 15%
CPO 3 Learning Strategies = 20%
Cumulative Activity: 10% Test: 10%
CPO 4 Information Sources = 30%
Orientation and Research Assignment: 15% Collaborative Project: 15%

All components of course performance objectives must be completed. Each CPO average must equal 75% or higher.

3. Retesting/Make-Up Assignments

a.If a course performance objective grade average fails to meet the 75% minimum requirement, the student may have one additional opportunity during the semester to retest on each component of objectives 1 and 3. The final passing grade on the retest will be no higher than 75%. Because of the number and/or nature of assignments in objectives 2 and 4, they have their own policies appropriate to these components – see “4” and “5” below.)
b.A student may not retest on the same day as the original assessment.
c.If a student is absent when an in-class assignment of any kind is performed, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor to arrange a make-up assignment (applies in the case where a make-up assignment is an option for the assignment - see “a” above). The final passing grade on the make-up assignment will be no higher than 75%.

4. Critical Reading Application

a.Out-of-Class reading assignments must be submitted by the due date/time assigned by the instructor.

b.As Out-of-Class reading assignments are averaged, there is no revision of Out-of-Class reading assignments, and there are no make-up assignments.

c.Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of four Out-of-Class reading assignments.

d.As In-Class reading assignments are averaged, there is no revision of In-Class reading assignments.

e.In-Class reading assignments must be completed within 30 minutes unless otherwise noted by the instructor.

5. Information Sources
a. All components of the Orientation and Research assignment must be completed upon initial submission.
b.If the Orientation and Research assignment is submitted late, the following late penalties apply: beyond the due date/time and up to 1 week late: 10 points deducted; beyond one week and up to 2 weeks late: 20 points deducted; over 2 weeks late: “0.”
c. There is no make-up assignment for the Orientation and Research assignment.
d. For the Collaborative Project, students are required to collaborate and present the final project to the class as a team.
e. There is no make-up assignment for the Collaborative Project.

Policies

Contacting the Instructor: In the event students are not able to reach the instructor, they may call The Learning Center at (302) 855-5949 and leave a message for the instructor.

Electronic Devices: Cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off while in the classroom. No text messaging is allowed. The instructor may dismiss a student who does not follow this policy.

Disruptive Behavior: Disruptive behavior and offensive language will result in dismissal from class, and the student(s) will not be re-admitted to the class until meeting with the instructor and Department Chair.

Food in the Classroom: No food and drink are allowed in the classroom except water.

Assignment Submission: Except as assigned through e-mail instruction, students are not permitted to submit assignments to the instructor via fax or the Internet unless they have prior permission from the instructor for exceptional circumstances.

A student may not leave the classroom when completing any in-class graded assignment.

No assignments will be accepted and no tests will be given after the last scheduled class session.

A student who has stopped attending class will receive a “U” (unofficial withdrawal) for this course.

College Grading System

92 - 100=A
83 - 91=B
75 - 82=C
0 - 74=R


Students should refer to the STUDENT HANDBOOK for information on the Academic Standing Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Any student who feels he/she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Students with Disabilities Office to submit his/her documentation and coordinate necessary and reasonable accommodations. Please call 302-855-1681 to make an appointment. Hearing impaired students may call the Delaware Relay System at 1-800-232-5460.




Rev. 8/10
Read the Directions and Examples!!!!
Tutoring
Writing
Testing
The writing center will assist you with various aspects of any writing assignment - from research to brainstorming topic ideas to titling or citation formatting.
Available to all students

Offers tutoring in many subjects and at all levels

Tutoring available by appointment or as a drop-in
Y
ou will do a NEEDS ASSESSMENT so the tutors know how to best help you:

[Grammar practice, study strategies, reading comprehension, time management]
Leadership Lesson:
Utilize all available resources
Located in the Library, same place as the Writing Lab
855-5973
If you have a test to make up, and cannot make it up during normal class hours, the testing center can be a resource.
Located in the Carter Partnership Center
855-5928
Testing Center:
They will NOT: proofread for errors, evaluate your paper, or write it for you.
Brand new facility located in the Library houses both the Writing center and the Tutoring center
Notify me IN ADVANCE
(so I can make sure a copy
of the test is available for you)

Call the Testing Center to
make an appointment
24 HOURS in advance
YOU MUST:
Library
Carter
Partnership
Center
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http://www.facebook.com/nicole.truitt.16
Bring these two books with you to every class!
You may use an older version of the book if you have it. I will try to provide alternate page numbers.
I also recommend either a USB drive
or a free Dropbox Account
Psst...
Put this number
in your phone...
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