Maricopa Community Colleges  CRE101   19986-20016 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 05/26/98
CRE101 19986-20016 LEC 3 Credit(s) 3 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   19986-20016 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, in writing, textual material to ascertain tone, purpose, audience, and author's point of view, citing words, phrases, and passages as support. (III)
4. Identify and explain, in writing, language devices,such as complex figures of speech. (IV)
5. Interpret, in writing, denotative and connotative meanings in written selections. (IV)
6. Analyze, in writing, common fallacies of reasoning in written language. (V)
7. Evaluate, in writing, an author's accuracy, logic, completeness, and clarity. (VI)
8. Evaluate, in writing, the nature of evidence given in support of an author's argument. (VII)
9. Apply critical reading skills to evaluate, in writing, all or part of an author's argument. (VII)
10. Synthesize, in writing, ideas on related issues from varied written sources. (VIII)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
CRE101   19986-20016 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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