Maricopa Community Colleges

Official Course Description:  MCCCD Approval:  12-13-2011

RDG095  2012 Fall - 9999

LEC  6.0 Credit(s)  6.0 Period(s)  6.0 Load  Acad


Intensive Foundations for College Reading

Accelerated format to improve basic reading skills, study skills, and information literacy skills including vocabulary development, main idea identification, patterns of organization recognition, and comprehension improvement.

Prerequisites: Appropriate reading placement test score, or grade of "B" or better in RDG071.


Course Notes: RDG095 is an accelerated and intensive learning program for students and meets the requirements for RDG081 and RDG091 in one semester.


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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:



RDG095  2012 Fall - 9999

Intensive Foundations for College Reading


1.         Develop vocabulary skills and maximize comprehension through the use of structural analysis, context, and dictionary. (I)

2.         Produce an interdisciplinary vocabulary system and increase content area vocabulary. (II)

3.         Apply phonetic techniques for decoding, word recognition and vocabulary development. (III, IV)

4.         Apply previewing strategies to predict the content of reading passages. (V)

5.         Apply reading study strategies to reading materials including textbooks, database articles, and internet sources. (VI)

6.         Identify and explain main ideas, central points, and supporting details in paragraphs, short readings, and essays. (VII)

7.         Distinguish fact from opinion in context and determine true fact and false fact (appearance of fact) from opinion in selected readings and Internet websites. (VIII)

8.         Infer meanings from context in various types of reading selections. (IX)

9.         Utilize skimming and scanning techniques and vary reading rate according to reading purpose. (X)

10.       Recognize the relationship between transition words and patterns of organization, and use organizational patterns and transitions as aids to comprehension in short readings and essays.(XI)

11.       Interpret and integrate information from graphics and text to understand, analyze, and evaluate written materials. (XII)

12.       Introduce language devices and evaluative elements.(XIII)

13.       Summarize and critique single and multi-paragraph readings. (XIV)

14.       Gather, evaluate, and utilize internet and database resources. (XV)


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MCCCD Official Course Outline:



RDG095  2012 Fall - 9999

Intensive Foundations for College Reading


I.          Word Meaning Strategies

            A.        Structural analysis

                        1.         Roots

                        2.         Affixes

            B.        Context clues

                        1.         Words with multiple meanings

                        2.         Unfamiliar words

            C.        Dictionary

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

                        2.         Appropriate meaning for the context

II.        Vocabulary

            A.        Content specific

III.       Sound-Symbol Relationships

IV.       Syllabication

            A.        Hearing syllables

            B.        Syllabication rules

V.        Content Prediction

            A.        Preview of title

            B.        Preview of subtitles

            C.        Comparison with actual content

VI.       Reading Study Strategy Models

            A.        Survey, question, read, recite, review (SQ3R) and/or similar strategies

            B.        Mapping/Clustering

            C.        Outlining

            D.        Other graphic organizers

            E.         Highlighting

VII.     Main Ideas and Supporting Details

            A.        Stated or implied main idea

            B.        Major and minor supporting details

VIII.    Fact versus Opinion

            A.        Purpose of factual statements

            B.        Purpose of stated opinions

            C.        Characteristics of fact and opinion

                        1.         True facts

                        2.         False facts (appearance of fact)

                        3.         Valid opinions

                        4.         Invalid opinions

IX.       Infer Meaning

            A.        Reading materials

                        1.         Textbooks

                        2.         Internet sources

                        3.         Trade books

                        4.         Library database articles

                        5.         Other

            B.        Inferring to increase comprehension

                        1.         Drawing conclusions

                        2.         Utilizing analytical reading skills

                        3.         Interpreting implied meaning

X.        Reading Strategies

            A.        Skim

            B.        Scan

            C.        Vary reading rate

XI.       Organizational Patterns

            A.        Patterns

                        1.         Process

                        2.         Compare/Contrast

                        3.         Classification

                        4.         Cause/Effect

                        5.         Problem/Solution

                        6.         Others

            B.        Types of transition words

                        1.         Addition

                        2.         Cause and effect

                        3.         Comparison/contrast

                        4.         Illustration

                        5.         Time

                        6.         Series

                        7.         Other

XII.     Graphics

            A.        Locations

                        1.         Within textbooks

                        2.         Within Internet

                        3.         Within database articles

                        4.         Within other texts

            B.        Types

                        1.         Charts

                        2.         Tables

                        3.         Diagrams

                        4.         Graphs

XIII.    Language Devices

            A.        Tone

            B.        Purpose

            C.        Audience

            D.        Figurative language

            E.         Accuracy

            F.         Point of view

            G.        Bias

            H.        Propaganda

XIV.    Single and Multi-Paragraph Readings

            A.        Summarizing

            B.        Annotating

            C.        Paraphrasing

            D.        Critique

            E.         Other

XV.     Technology

            A.        Types

                        1.         Internet readings

                        2.         Database readings

            B.        Skills

                        1.         Gather

                        2.         Evaluate

                        3.         Utilize


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