REA 0003 COLLEGE PREP READING 3 Reference #551828 MWF11-11:50am

Instructor: Maribel Guenaga-Gonzalez Miami Dade College – InterAmerican Campus Spring 2009-2 Phone: 786-991-2269 Email: Website:

REA 0003 is a college preparatory reading course which builds vocabulary skills, literal and critical comprehension skills, and successful reading strategies. This course will also enhance and develop your independent reading and thinking skills to prepare you for college level courses. Lab required. Special fee. 4 credits


Computerized Placement Test (CPT) Reading subtest score of 71-82 or successful completion of REA0002

Course Competencies
This course is designed for you to achieve the following competencies: Competency 1: Advance vocabulary skills by: ✔ Using context clues and word analysis ✔ Increasing word knowledge through memorization and application Competency 2: Advance literal comprehension skill by: ✔ Recognizing topic, topic sentences, stated main ideas ✔ Identifying major and minor supporting details ✔ Recognizing patterns of organization

✔ Identify relationships within and between sentences ✔ Recognizing stated central points in multi-paragraph selections
Competency 3: Advance critical comprehension skills by: ✔ Making inferences ✔ Drawing conclusions ✔ Recognizing implied main ideas

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Recognizing implied central points in multi-paragraph selections Distinguishing facts from opinions Recognizing author’s purpose and tone Determining author’s bias Evaluating arguments (reasoning)

Competency 4: Employ advanced improvement in reading strategies through:

✔ Paraphrasing, mapping, and outlining materials
✔ Following oral and written directions ✔ Summarizing materials

✔ Improving test taking skills
Competency 5: Pass the Florida College Basic Reading Skills Exit Test

Reading Lab program: (online access) Novel: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

OR Tools: A notebook, pen, #2 pencil Assessment sheets: 10 scantron sheets (purchase first week at InterAmerican 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 will be discussing some sensitive 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. 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.

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.

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 cause your final course grade to drop one or more letter grades. If you have more than three consecutive unexcused absences, you may be dropped from the course without any notification as well. 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.


Students must satisfy course requirements of an average score of 70% or higher and meet all lab requirements to be eligible to take the Florida College Basic Skills Exit Test. The state test’s passing score is 60% or higher.

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 contact ACCESS ( A Comprehensive Center for Exceptional Student Services) during the first week of class so that you may receive assistance early on in the semester.

Course Evaluation
✔ Midterm/Final…………………………………………..30% ✔ Tests/Projects/Presentations…………………………25% ✔ Reading Lab…………………………………………....20% ✔ Quizzes…………………………. ……………………..15% ✔ Service-Learning……………………………………...10%

Midterm/Final (30%)
Your midterm and final will consist of several items. The first item will be the reflections for the novel. In the course’s website, you will find details for each of the weekly reflections. The second item will be notes that you will take while working on These notes will consist of the skills assigned and will also include a reflection which will immediately follow the notes. Also included in the midterm and final will be questions that pertain to the skills covered during that time. As the semester progresses, we will talk more about these items.

*Tests/Projects/Presentations (25%)
There will be a variety of tests throughout the semester. Some will be based on the skills found in the course competencies. In order to be eligible to take the skills test, you must complete the reading lab assignments for the corresponding skill/s the day before the exam. Other tests may cover the readings from the novel, presentations, poems, vocabulary, and articles. If you cannot attend a scheduled test, please contact me on or before the date of the test so that we can work something out. Otherwise, there are no make-up tests. Also during the semester, there will be several presentations and projects. Some will be done individually while the others will be done collaboratively..

Reading Lab (20%)
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. Your goal is to complete all lab assignments to the best of your ability and attain a score of 70% or higher on both the Practice Sets and Test Sets. Scores for each skill will be inputted in the gradebook. Be aware that all lab assignments will have a due date. If the assignments are not completed by the due date, you will be unable to take the Unit Test for those particular skills. Again, please note that all lab assignments are required to be completed in order to pass this course.

*Quizzes (15%)
Several quizzes will be administered during the semester. Some will be announced while others will be unannounced. 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. Cheating

and “borrowing” other students’ work will not be accepted and will result in a zero on that exam or assignment.

Service-Learning (10%)

(10 hours required)

Service-learning is a hands-on experience that goes beyond what is learned and experienced in the classroom. This semester you will have the opportunity to experience several types of service-learning projects lead by professors from other campuses. These will be posted on our website.


By the end of this semester, you will have been exposed to several of Miami Dade College’s General Education Core Learning Outcomes 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.

GRADING POLICY ✔ A = 90% - 100% ✔ B = 80% - 89% ✔ C = 70% - 79% ✔ D = 60% - 69% ✔ F = 59% or less FINAL GRADE ✔ S (Satisfactory): Pass the course with at least a 70% average (C), meet
all lab requirements, complete 10 hrs. or more of Service-Learning and receive a score of 60% or higher on the Florida College Basic Reading Skills Exit Test. (Register for ENC1101)

✔ P (Progress): Receive a score between 60% - 69% and/or not meet all
lab requirements (Retake REA0003)

✔ U (Unsatisfactory): Receive a score below 60% and/or not meet all lab
requirements (Retake REA0003) (NOTE: A “U” is equivalent to an “F” in calculating the grade point average.)

✔ W (Withdraw): Retake REA 0003 IMPORTANT DATES ✔ Last day to drop classes and receive 100% refund: Monday, January 11,

✔ Last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of W: Wednesday,
March 17, 2010

✔ Last day of classes: Friday, April 23, 2010 ✔ Holidays – Classes will not meet on the following dates:
○ ○ ○ Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan.18, 2010 President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 Spring Recess, Friday, April 2, 2010

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 progress during the semester.

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