Maricopa Community Colleges  RDG081   19956-99999 

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

RDG081  2010 Spring - 9999


3.0 Credit(s)

3.0 Period(s)

Reading Improvement

Designed to improve basic reading skills. Includes word recognition, interdisciplinary vocabulary development, recognizing patterns of organization, interpreting inference. Reviews interpreting graphic materials. Emphasis on identifying main ideas and related details.

Prerequisites: Appropriate reading placement test score, or grade of “C” or better in RDG071.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


RDG081  2010 Spring - 9999

Reading Improvement


1.         Apply previewing strategies to predict the content of reading passages. (I)

2.         Apply phonetic and structural analysis techniques for decoding, word recognition and vocabulary development. (II, III, IV)

3.         Apply knowledge of context clues to define unknown works and build a content area vocabulary. (V)

4.         Apply dictionary skills to increase word knowledge. (VI)

5.         Produce an interdisciplinary vocabulary system. (VII)

6.         Identify stated and implied main idea(s), central point(s) and supporting details. (VIII-XI)

7.         Apply reading study strategies to selected readings. (XII)

8.         Distinguish fact from opinion in context. (XIII)

9.         Draw inferences from a variety of reading selections. (XIV)

10.       Recognize the relationship between transition words and patterns of organization. (XV, XVI)

11.       Use an organized system for note taking. (XVII)

12.       Interpret graphics in reading passages. (XVIII)

13.       Use support resources and computer technology. (XIX)


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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


RDG081  2010 Spring - 9999

Reading Improvement


I.          Content prediction

            A.        Preview of title

            B.        Preview of subtitles

            C.        Comparison with actual content

II.        Sound-symbol relationships

III.       Syllabication

            A.        Hearing syllables

            B.        Syllabication rules

IV.       Structural analysis

            A.        Roots

            B.        Affixes

V.        Clues in context

            A.        Words with multiple meanings

            B.        Unfamiliar words

VI.       Dictionary tools

            A.        Guide words, pronunciation key, word derivation, etc.

            B.        Appropriate meaning for the context

VII.     Vocabulary development

            A.        3 x 5 card system

            B.        Other vocabulary building systems

VIII.    Stated main ideas in paragraphs

IX.       Central point in longer reading passages

X.        Supporting details

            A.        Major support

            B.        Minor support

XI.       Implied main ideas in paragraphs

XII.     Study strategies

XIII.    Fact versus opinion

            A.        Purpose of factual statements

            B.        Purpose of stated opinions

XIV.    Inferring to increase comprehension

            A.        Drawing conclusions

            B.        Utilizing analytical reading skills

            C.        Interpreting implied meaning

XV.     Types of transition words

            A.        Addition

            B.        Cause and effect

            C.        Comparison/contrast

            D.        Illustration

            E.         Time

            F.         Series

XVI.    Relationship of transition words to organization

XVII.  Graphic organizers

            A.        Mapping

            B.        Charting

            C.        Outlining, etc.

XVIII. Graphics in reading passages

            A.        Maps

            B.        Charts

            C.        Tables

            D.        Diagrams

            E.         Graphs

XIX.    Support resources and technology

            A.        Online reading and vocabulary tutorials

            B.        Library resources


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