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6252 August 27 – December 21, 2012
Instructor: Maribel Guenaga-Gonzalez Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus Fall 2012 (2012-1) Phone: 305-237-2178 Email: email@example.com Office hours and location: MWF 7:30am-8am; 10:20am-10:50am; rm. 6319, cubicle 7 or 18 Website: www.readfall12.blogspot.com Course Description: REA 0017 is a college preparatory course that builds vocabulary skills, literal and critical comprehension skills, and successful reading strategies. Lab assignments required. Special fee. 4 credits. Prerequisites: Placement by either Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) verbal subtest score; American College Testing (ACT) Reading subtest score; FCAT reading subtest score; College Entrance Exam Reading subtest score or successful completion of REA0007 with an “S” grade. Departmental Mission Statement: The mission of the Kendall Campus College Prep Department is to provide accessible, highquality instruction that develops the skills, competencies, and attitudes necessary to meet the needs of a diverse population of developmental learners as they pursue their academic goals. Our program is designed to bring students to the appropriate reading level of academic competency needed for college success.
The end of this course will have exposed you exposed to several of Miami Dade College’s General Education Core Learning Outcomes (in bold below) and as a graduate of Miami Dade College be able to: 1. Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. 2. Use quantitative analytical skills to evaluate and process numerical data. 3. Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning. 4. Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information. 5. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical perspectives. 6. Create strategies that can be used to fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities. 7. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and its application to issues in society. 8. Use computer and emerging technologies effectively. 9. Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities. 10. Describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact of humans on the environment.
RDECU1 RDECU2 RDECU3 RDECU4 RDECU5 RDECU6 RDECU7 RDECU8 RDECU9 RDECU10 RDECU11 RDECU12 RDECU13 RDECU14 RDECU15 Identify topic and stated/implied main ideas in a multi-paragraph passage. Identify specific information in a multi-paragraph passage. Distinguish between major and minor details in a multi-paragraph passage. Identify the purpose in a multi-paragraph passage. Analyze the tone and support with examples, including denotative, connotative, and figurative language in a multi-paragraph passage. Distinguish between fact and opinion in a multi-paragraph passage. Determine primary and secondary patterns in a paragraph and multi paragraph passage. Identify transition words associated with the patterns of organization. Recognize relationships between and within sentences. Detect bias in a paragraph and multi paragraph passage. Use context clues and structural analysis to clarify meaning and broaden vocabulary. Identify and use contextual clues to determine the meaning of words in multiple sentences. Analyze the details to infer what the author is implying and draw logical conclusions in paragraphs and multi-paragraph passages. Synthesize the information in a text in order to make logical inferences and draw logical conclusions. Determine whether an argument is logical, relevant, and adequate based on evidence.
Books and Materials:
Textbooks: Title: BDL: Engage College Reading, ISBN: 9781285330969 Author: Dole & Taggart Copyright Year: 2013 Publisher: Cengage Learning Title: Advancing Vocabulary Skills, ISBN: 9781591941941 Author: Nist Copyright Year: 2010 Edition: 4th Publisher: Townsend Press Book Center Notebook: Spiral bound notebook Assessment sheets: 10 scantron sheets (purchase first week at Kendall Campus’ bookstore)
You are responsible for meeting the requirements of this syllabus. Some additional expectations may develop throughout the semester; therefore, we all need to collaborate to see it through.
We might come across some sensitive and controversial issues during this semester, so it is imperative that individual opinions be respected. While your classmates are voicing their opinions, please listen and be considerate at all times. Always be respectful even though you do not agree with them.
It is important for you, your classmates, and me to create an environment where there are ongoing
stimulating conversations about the readings and writings we encounter. Your responsibility in this class is not only to be a reader, but also a writer, a listener, and a responder. To see that everyone plays each role, you will need to complete the assignments by their due date which will be posted on the website. Come to class prepared with all materials. Failure to do so may result in being asked to leave class and marked as absent for that class meeting. Time is of essence so please arrive on time. When in class, please remember to turn off all cell phones as they turn attention away from learning. If by some unexpected event your cell phone does ring, you are to make up for that interrupted moment by bringing in some treats for the class on our next meeting.
Attendance is required everyday. There will be activities and classroom interactions that are invaluable and cannot be made-up; therefore, attendance is essential. In the event of an absence, you are responsible for obtaining class notes, information, and sending in your work via e-mail or with a classmate. More than five cumulative absences from a MWF class may result in you being withdrawn from the class. If you have three or more consecutive unexcused absences, you may also be dropped from the course. Constant tardiness and leaving early will be counted as absences. Once you have been late to class two times, your tardiness will be marked as an absence. Documented emergencies will be addressed on an individual basis.
If you are unable to continue in this course, you must fill out an official withdrawal form with the registrar’s office. If you do not officially withdraw, you may receive a “U” in the course.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all qualified students enrolled in this course are entitled to reasonable accommodations. If you feel you may need accommodations in this course, please notify me and also contact ACCESS (A Comprehensive Center for Exceptional Student Services) in Bldg.2, room 2121 as soon as the semester begins so that you may receive assistance early on. To contact ACCESS directly, please call (305)237-2767.
Assignments are divided into 5 units. The following is the breakdown for each unit: Unit 1 Reading Lab assignments with specific due date Class activities and homework Unit 1 Reading Exam: Introduction and Chapter 1 Quizzes: Reading (Introduction and Chapter 1) &Vocabulary (Chapters as assigned) Unit 2 Reading Lab assignments with specific due date Class activities and homework Unit 2 Reading Exam: Chapters 2, 3, & 4 Quizzes: Reading (Chapters 2, 3, & 4) &Vocabulary (Chapters as assigned) Unit 3 Reading Lab assignments with specific due date Class activities and homework Unit 3 Reading Exam: Chapters 5, 6, & 7 Quizzes: Reading (Chapters 5, 6, & 7) &Vocabulary (Chapters as assigned) Unit 4 Reading Lab assignments with specific due date Class activities and homework Unit 4 Reading Exam: Chapters 8, 9, & 10 Quizzes: Reading (Chapters 8, 9, & 10) &Vocabulary (Chapters as assigned) Unit 5 Departmental Final Exam (All REA0017 students are required to take and pass the departmental final exam with a score of 70% or higher.) 100 25 15 40 20 100 25 15 40 20 100 25 15 40 20 100 25 15 40 20 100 100
Lab assignments are an integral part of this course as they enhance the learning of the course’s skills. They are also required to pass this course. Plan your time during this semester in order to invest two to three hours per week for lab work. The lab is open Monday – Thursday from 8am8pm, Friday from 8am-3pm, and Saturday from 10am-3pm. Please be advised that the lab doors close 30 minutes before closing time. You will be required to bring your Miami Dade ID card and reading lab syllabus with you each time you attend the lab. Cell phones are not allowed in the lab and must be stored away at all times. There are no exceptions to completing the lab work. Again, please note that all lab assignments are required to be completed in order to pass this course. If the lab assignments are not completed by the due date, you will be unable to take the unit exam for those particular skills. Also, failure to complete lab work may result in you being purged from the class and/or not passing the course. Each reading lab syllabus consists of two components. The first component requires that you attend the Reading Lab (room 6334) where a lab instructor will provide you with the assignments that are noted on your lab syllabus. The materials used in the reading lab must remain in the lab at all times. Upon completion of the assignment, a lab instructor will grade your work and if 70% or higher is achieved, will sign and stamp the lab syllabus. If 70% is not achieved, then you must receive remediation and cannot proceed to the next assignment until remediation is completed. Remediation is not an option and must be received at the time work is graded. You will need to allocate enough time to complete the work and receive remediation. You may not be in the reading lab during your reading class time and all assignments must be completed independently. Do not wait until the last day to complete lab assignments as only two stamps are given each day. The second component is listed on the back of the reading lab syllabus. This component cannot be started until you have attended orientation, which will be scheduled the first week of classes in the Reading Technology Lab (room 6332). During the course of the semester, the lab is open for you to complete these online assignments. The open lab schedule is posted on the outside of the door and changes weekly. If the lab is closed for any reason, the reading lab has computers for you to use. When entering the lab, you must sign in giving your name and instructor’s name, check the course you are in, and write the time you arrived. In the Reading Technology Lab, internet access is confined to the online lab assignments listed on the lab syllabus. Printing is restricted to lab assignments for reading courses only. Online assignments must be completed with a minimum score of 70%. When you have completed your lab work, you must turn in the following to me on or before each unit’s due date (no late lab work will be accepted): (1) Lab syllabus with scores, stamps, and signatures from the lab instructors. (2) Print-outs from online assignments. Once these items are turned in to me, a new lab syllabus will be distributed to you in which you will fill out the information given about the new unit.
Class Activities and Homework
During this semester, class activities and homework will be posted on the calendar on our class’s website. I encourage you to visit this site daily. Also during the semester, there will be several presentations and projects. Some will be done individually while others will be done collaboratively. Having a positive spirit, being respectful, and working together will result in a creative and positive learning experience.
There will be four unit exams throughout the semester and one departmental final exam. These will be based on the skills found in the course competencies. In order to be eligible to take the unit exams, you must complete the reading lab assignments for the corresponding unit on or before the due date. If you cannot attend a scheduled exam, please contact me on or before the date of the exam so that we can work something out. Otherwise, there are no make-up exams.
There will be two types of quizzes. Reading quizzes will be assigned for each unit. Some will be based on the skills for each chapter while others will be on articles you will be asked to read,
annotate, summarize, and reflect. Four vocabulary quizzes will be administered during the semester. In order to be eligible to take the vocabulary quizzes, you must complete the vocabulary textbook assignments for the corresponding unit. Make-ups for quizzes may be rescheduled only due to an emergency or if you contact me before our class meets on the date of the quiz. You are expected to follow the College’s Academic Honesty Policy. Plagiarizing and “borrowing”other students’ work will not be accepted and will result in a zero on that assignment or exam. The consequences of academic dishonesty can range from a failing grade for the course to expulsion from MDC. Students should familiarize themselves with the Student’s Rights & Responsibilities Handbook, which can be obtained from http://www.mdc.edu/policy/student_rights_and_responsibilities.pdf.
Students must complete all course requirements, including meeting all reading lab assignments.
S (Satisfactory): 375-500 points & all reading class requirements completed. *P (Progress): 250-374 points and/or not meet all lab requirements (Retake REA0017) *U (Unsatisfactory): 249 points and below and/or not meet all lab requirements (Retake REA0017) (NOTE: A “U” is equivalent to an “F” in calculating the grade point average.) *W(Withdrawal): Retake REA 0017 *Cost to Re-Enroll in a Course: Students who enrolled in the same course twice, received a grade of D, F, X, P, U, or W, and wish to re-enroll for the third time must pay the full cost of instruction for this and any later attempts. This fee is equivalent to the cost of the course for a student paying fees as a non-resident of the state of Florida. Students who are assessed the higher fee may appeal to have the fee lowered.
A Special Note: I encourage you to meet with me as many times as you may like to discuss any
needs, questions, goals, or anything related to your learning and progress during the semester.
Last day to drop classes and receive refund: Friday, August 31, 2012 Last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of W: Monday, November 5, 2012 Last day of classes: Friday, December 14, 2012 Final Exams: Saturday, December 15 – Friday, December 21, 2012 Grades available: Sunday, December 23, 2012 Holidays – Our class will not meet on the following dates: Labor Day: Monday, September 3, 2012 Veteran’s Day: Monday, November 12, 2012 Thanksgiving: Friday, November 23, 2012
Important Campus Contact Information:
College Prep Reading: 305-237-2178 Reading Lab: 305-237-2832 Reading Technology Lab: 305-237-2024 ACCESS: 305-237-2767 Library: 305-237-2077 Bookstore: 305-237-2361 Security: 305-237-2100
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