Maricopa Community Colleges  CRE101   19936-19955 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 12/15/92
CRE101 19936-19955 LEC 3 Credit(s) 3 Period(s)
Critical and Evaluative Reading I
Emphasis on applying critical thinking skills to varied and challenging reading materials. Includes analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and application. Prerequisites: Reading placement test score (ASSET), or grade of "C" or better in RDG091, or permission of instructor.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
CRE101   19936-19955 Critical and Evaluative Reading I
1. Read or survey an article and tell how many divisions or parts there are. (I)
2. Explain the function of each part of an article and how the parts are related to each other. (I)
3. Write summaries of articles incorporating main and supporting ideas. (I)
4. Demonstrate understanding of relevant vocabulary. (I)
5. Demonstrate recognition of writer's tone(s) and changes in tone(s) by citing words, phrases, and passages as support. (II)
6. Demonstrate grasp of author's ideas through paraphrasing or by furnishing concrete examples of author's meaning. (III)
7. Support an interpretation of material open to different interpretations by citing evidence from the article and from personal experience. (III)
8. Explain and identify literary devices such as: similes, metaphors, irony, symbolism, paradoxes, analogies, etc., and identify uses by authors. (IV)
9. Identify the writer's style and cite evidence from the essay to support this conclusion. (IV)
10. Raise questions about an essay at six different levels: factual, interpretive, analytical, synthetical, applicative, and evaluative. (V)
11. Determine a writer's purpose(s) for writing an article and cite evidence to support this view. (VI)
12. Collect and evaluate biographical information on a writer, and write a brief summary of the information, using varied reference sources and citing these sources. (VI)
13. Explain allusions in a reading by using appropriate reference material. (VI)
14. Show how various articles are related. (VI)
15. Show how an article related to own life and to contemporary world affairs. (VI)
16. Evaluate a writer's ideas by using common standards and own personal standards. (VI)
17. Evaluate a writer's ideas by stating what one agrees or disagrees with and why, or what one reserves judgment on and why. (VI)
18. Rate a writer's accuracy, logic, completeness, coherence, and clarity. (VI)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
CRE101   19936-19955 Critical and Evaluative Reading I
    I. Reading an article
        A. Determining the parts of the article
        B. Function of each part
        C. Relation of parts to each other
        D. Main idea and supporting ideas
        E. Understanding the relevant vocabulary
      II. Tone of an article
          A. How to tell the tone
          B. Changes in tone
        III. Content of article
            A. Grasping the author's ideas
            B. Interpreting the content
          IV. Author's techniques
              A. Literary devices
              B. Style
            V. Analyzing the essay
                A. Factual level
                B. Interpretive level
                C. Analytical level
                D. Synthetical level
                E. Applicative level
                F. Evaluative level
              VI. Evaluating a written work
                  A. Determining the writer's purpose for writing the work
                  B. Collecting and evaluating biographical information on the writer
                  C. Explaining allusions in the work
                  D. Relation to other written work
                  E. Relating the work to own life and to contemporary world affairs
                  F. Common and personal standards for evaluation of the work
                  G. Comparing the writer's ideas to one's own
                  H. Rating the writer
                    1. Accuracy
                    2. Logic
                    3. Completeness
                    4. Coherence
                    5. Clarity
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