Maricopa Community Colleges  RDG071   20056-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval:  4-26-05

RDG071  2005 Fall – 2009 Fall


3.0 Credit(s)

3.0 Period(s)

Basic Reading

Provide opportunities for practice and application of basic reading skills. Word recognition skills including phonic analysis, structural analysis, use of context, and use of dictionary, reinforced through practical application. Development of vocabulary required for success in content area courses. Emphasis on literal comprehension and figurative interpretation using materials selected to build background knowledge.

Prerequisites: Reading placement test score, or Grade of C or better in RDG040, or permission of Instructor.

Course Note: Recommended for all students with limited reading experiences.

Go to Competencies    Go to Outline

MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


RDG071  2005 Fall – 2009 Fall

Basic Reading



Apply techniques of phonics analysis for decoding new words. (I)


Apply structural analysis techniques to develop vocabulary and work recognition skills. (II)


Develop strategies to use context clues to define unknown words. (III)


Use dictionary to identify appropriate meaning of words as used in context. (III)


Develop strategies to build a content area vocabulary. (III)


Identify and explain author's central point or main ideas and supporting details. (IV)


Recognize basic elements of stories, including setting, plot, and characters. (IV)


Apply basic study reading skills to content area materials. (IV)


Recognize implied uses of language to begin to develop an understanding of figurative interpretation. (V)


Develop independent reading skills through real-world reading experiences. (I-V)

Go to Description    Go to top of Competencies

MCCCD Official Course Outline:


RDG071  2005 Fall – 2009 Fall

Basic Reading

I. Phonic Analysis Applicable to Course Readings

A. Decoding of consonant letters

B. Decoding of vowel letters

C. Exceptions

D. Syllabication

II. Structural Analysis Techniques for Vocabulary Development

A. Roots

B. Prefixes

C. Affixes

III. Content Area Vocabulary

A. Context clues strategies

1. Various types of clues

2. Application to course readings

B. Dictionary

1. Denotative versus connotative definitions

2. For independent study

3. Word origins

C. Personal vocabulary study system

D. Practice

1. Use in sentences

2. Long-term memory

E. Specialized vocabulary

1. Content specific

2. Technical

IV. Literal Comprehension

A. Main ideas

B. Central points

C. Supporting details

D. Basic elements

1. Setting

2. Plot

3. Characters

E. Study reading

V. Introduction to Interpretation

A. Implied uses of language

1. Message

2. Purpose

B. Figurative language

1. Idioms

2. Figurative comparisons


Go to Description    Go to top of Competencies    Go to top of Outline