Maricopa Community Colleges  CRE101   20022-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 11/27/01

CRE101  2002 Spring – 2007 Fall


3.0 Credit(s)

3.0 Period(s)

Critical and Evaluative Reading I

Emphasis on applying critical inquiry skills to varied and challenging reading materials. Includes analysis, synthesis, and evaluation through written discourse.

Prerequisites: ENG101 and (reading placement test score of 41 or higher (ASSET), or grade of "C" or better in RDG091, or permission of Instructor.)

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


CRE101  2002 Spring – 2007 Fall

Critical and Evaluative Reading I



Describe the nature of critical reading and its application to life in the contemporary world. (I)


Apply critical reading techniques to a variety of materials and purposes for reading. (II)


Analyze, in writing, textual material to ascertain tone, purpose, audience, and author's point of view, citing words, phrases, and passages as support. (III)


Identify and explain, in writing, language devices, such as complex figures of speech. (IV)


Interpret, in writing, denotative and connotative meanings in written selections. (IV)


Analyze, in writing, common fallacies of reasoning in written language. (V)


Evaluate, in writing, an author's accuracy, logic, completeness, and clarity. (VI)


Evaluate, in writing, the nature of evidence given in support of an author's argument. (VII)


Apply critical reading skills to analyze and evaluate, in writing, the components of an author's argument. (VII)


Synthesize, in writing, ideas on related issues from varied written sources. (VIII)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


CRE101  2002 Spring – 2007 Fall

Critical and Evaluative Reading I

I. Nature of critical reading

A. Characteristics of critical reading

B. Applications

C. Blocks to critical reading

II. Variation in critical reading techniques

A. According to material

B. According to purpose

III. Author's stance in written materials

A. Tone

B. Purpose

C. Audience

D. Author's point of view

IV. Author's use of language

A. Meanings of words

1. Denotation and connotation

2. Ambiguity and vagueness

B. Language devices

C. Figurative language

V. Fallacies of reasoning

A. Identification

B. Analysis

VI. Analysis and evaluation of written material

A. Accuracy

B. Logic and completeness

C. Coherence

D. Clarity

E. Preparing a written analysis

VII. Arguments

A. Types

1. Inductive

2. Deductive

B. Parts

1. Premises

2. Reasons

3. Conclusions

C. Evaluation

1. Truth

2. Validity

D. Preparing a written evaluation

VIII. Synthesis of ideas in related written materials

A. Process

1. Comparison/contrast

2. Integration

3. Final conclusion

B. Formats

1. Mapping

2. Outlining

3. Summarizing

4. Charting

C. Preparing a written report


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