Maricopa Community Colleges  CRE101   19956-19966 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 04/25/95
CRE101 19956-19966 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 application analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. 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   19956-19966 Critical and Evaluative Reading I
1. Describe the nature of critical reading and its application to life in the contemporary world. (I)
2. Vary critical reading techniques according to type of material and purpose for reading. (II)
3. Analyze textual material to ascertain tone, purpose, audience, and author's point of view by citing words, phrases, and passages as support. (III)
4. Identify and explain language devices in written selections. (IV)
5. Analyze and interpret denotative and connotative meanings in written selections. (IV)
6. Identify and analyze fallacies of reasoning in written language. (V)
7. Analyze and evaluate an author's accuracy, logic completeness, coherence, and clarity. (VI)
8. Evaluate evidence given in support of an author's argument. (VIII)
9. Apply critical reading skills to justify acceptance or rejection of all or part of an argument. (VII)
10. Synthesize ideas on related issues from varied written sources. (VIII)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
CRE101   19956-19966 Critical and Evaluative Reading I
    I. Nature of critical reading
        A. Characteristics of critical reading
        B. Applications
        C. Blocks to critical reading
      II. Critical reading techniques
          A. According to material
          B. According to purpose
        III. Analysis and support of written material
            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. Writer's accuracy
                  B. Logic completeness
                  C. Coherence
                  D. Clarity
                VII. Arguments
                    A. Types
                      1. Inductive
                      2. Deductive
                    B. Parts
                      1. Premises
                      2. Conclusions
                    C. Evaluation
                      1. Truth
                      2. Validity
                  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
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