Instructor: Maribel Guenaga-Gonzalez Miami Dade College – West Campus Spring 2009 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  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

Text: **Active Reading Skills (2nd Edition) by Kathleen T. McWhorter and **Thinking Through the Test by D.J. Henry & Mimi Markus **(REA0003 Coursepak is available at the West Campus’ bookstore)

Novel: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (purchase at a local bookstore)

OR Tools: A notebook (only for this class and not a 3-ring binder), index cards , markers/pens/pencils/crayons/colored pencils,10 scantron sheets** Lab:
**You can purchase the required textbook and scantron sheets at the Miami Dade College West 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 times absent from a MWF class or four times from a TR 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 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.


If you have any type of learning difficulties and feel you may need accommodations in this course, please notify me and contact ACCESS ( A Comprehensive Center for Exceptional Student Services) as soon as the semester begins so that you may receive assistance early on in the course.

READER’S NOTEBOOK (40%) In your Reader’s Notebook you will brainstorm topics, play with ideas, reflect on your readings, keep notes, draw, paste in artifacts, chart your progress, raise questions, and jot down thoughts and dreams. The purpose is to explore your thinking and engage more deeply with the readings and what is going on around you. My hope is that the use of the notebook will deepen and enhance both the reading and writing you'll do during and beyond the weeks we are together. It is essential that you bring your notebook to class every time. I will collect the Reader’s Notebook on assigned dates. TESTS (35%) 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 of the novels, 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. If you do not meet this requirement, a make-up test will be given only at my discretion.

QUIZZES/PROJECTS/PRESENTATIONS (25%) Several quizzes will be administered during the semester. Some will be announced will others will be unannounced. Make-ups for quizzes may be rescheduled only due to an emergency and if you contact me on the date of the quiz. Also during the semester, there will be several presentations and projects. Some will be done individually while the others will be done collaboratively. ERRANDS (3) Errands are so much fun! A number of them will be available throughout the semester. Some have deadlines while others remain available for a period of time. Invitations are opened to all of them, but only three are required. For an errand to be considered acceptable, other requirements besides just participating are needed. Errands and requirements will be listed on the website. Errands are not optional. READING LAB (ALL) Lab assignments are an integral part of this course. 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. If some of your scores are below 70%, it may not be considered acceptable. 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. LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this semester, you will have been exposed to 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.

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) plus    
an exit 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% (Retake REA0003) U (Unsatisfactory): Receive a score below 60% (Retake REA0003) (NOTE: A “U” is equivalent to an “F” in calculating the grade point average.) W (Withdraw): Retake REA 0003

*Cost to Re-Enroll in a Course: Students who enrolled in the same course twice, received a grade of W, D F, P, U or X, 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. *The consequences of academic dishonesty can range from a failing grade for the course to expulsion from MDC. Students should familiarize themselves with the Students’ Rights & Responsibilities Handbook, which can be obtained from Student Life. *The mission of Miami Dade College is to provide accessible, affordable, high quality education by keeping the learner’s needs at the center of decision making and working in partnership with its dynamic multicultural community.

IMPORTANT DATES  Last day to drop classes and receive refund: Monday, January 12, 2009  Last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of W: Wednesday,
March 18, 2009  Last day of classes: Friday, April 24, 2009  Holidays – Classes will not meet on the following dates: Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 19, 2009; Spring Recess, Friday, April 10, 2009  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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