Maricopa Community Colleges  RDG071   20056-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval:  6-23-09

RDG071  2010 Spring - 9999


3.0 Credit(s)

3.0 Period(s)

Basic Reading

Provide opportunities for practice and application of basic reading skills. Includes phonic analysis, word recognition, structural analysis, use of context clues, and use of dictionary, reinforced through practical application. Development of vocabulary required for success in content area courses. Emphasis on literal comprehension and development of inferential interpretation.

Prerequisites: Appropriate reading placement test score, or grade of “C” or better in RDG040.

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

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


RDG071  2010 Spring - 9999

Basic Reading


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

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

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

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

5.         Recognize story elements, including setting, plot, and characters. (IV)

6.         Identify author's central point or main idea and supporting details. (V)

7.         Distinguish fact from opinion. (VI)

8.         Apply reading study strategies to content area material. (VII)

9.         Recognize implied uses of language to begin to understand figurative interpretation. (VIII)


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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


RDG071  2010 Spring - 9999

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.        Dictionary

                        1.         Denotative versus connotative definitions

                        2.         Appropriate contextual meaning

                        3.         Word origins

            B.        Context clues strategies

                        1.         Types of context clues

                        2.         Use in course readings

            C.        Content area vocabulary study

                        1.         Personal vocabulary study strategies

            D.        Practice

                        1.         Use in sentences

                        2.         Long-term memory

            E.         Specialized vocabulary

                        1.         Content specific

                        2.         Technical

IV.       Basic elements

            A.        Setting

            B.        Plot

            C.        Characters

IV.       Comprehension

            A.        Main ideas

            B.        Central points

            C.        Supporting details

VI.       Fact versus opinion

            A.        Characteristics of fact

            B.        Characteristics of opinion

VII.     Reading study strategies

VIII.    Figurative language

            A.        Idioms

            B.        Figurative comparisons


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