Reading 0090/ Reading 0096

Last Taught:  Fall 2006

Sharon L. Hixon

 

Course Description:

This course prepares students for Reading 0098 or Reading 1100 by developing reading skills such as finding the main idea, locating supporting details (major and minor), practicing skills involving inferential and literal comprehension, and using vocabulary in context.  Students may exit Learning Support from this course.  This three hour course counts as part of the twelve credit hours allowed to complete the learning-support reading requirement.

(COMPASS Reading scores 1-69)

 

Required Materials:

Langan, John.  Ten Steps to Building College Reading Skills.  4th ed.  New Jersey.  Townsend  Press, 1998. 

Good, Nist, and Mohr.  Improving Vocabulary Skills.  3rd ed, Marlton, New Jersey: Townsend Press, 2002.

 

American Heritage Dictionary.

 

Three-ring binder with dividers

 

Magazines

 

One package of 3 x 5 index cards

 

Two report covers

 

Pens (some bright colors)

 

 

Learning Outcomes:

1.         Students will develop a better understanding of critical reading skills pertinent to success in Reading 0098 or Reading 1100.

2.         Students will demonstrate an improvement in vocabulary skills.

3.         Students will apply metacognitive strategies to adjust their reading skills to a given reading assignment and/or a test-taking situation.

4.         Students will utilize electronic media in order to improve reading skills.

5.         Students will apply reading study techniques to textbook excerpts.

6.         Students will respond in written form to reading assignments.

7.         Students will acquire the computer skills necessary to use electronic media in order to discuss reading assignments.

8.         Students will develop sufficient reading skills in order to demonstrate their readiness for Reading 0098 or Reading 1100 by exiting the class.

9.         Students will develop their inferential reasoning skills.

 

Attendance/Make-up Work:

 

Attendance is not mandatory; however, students are strongly advised to attend every class.  Excessive absences can greatly affect a student’s chances for success.  When a student misses a class, he/she will miss instructions, demonstrations, group discussions, practice activities, or tests that are vital to the student’s progress in the class. 

 

While attendance is not mandatory, the instructor does believe that consistent attendance is needed for continual academic progress and success.  Therefore, each student will receive a grade for his/her attendance.  Each student will begin with 100%.  If a student is absent, then 10 points per day will be deducted.  Tardy arrivals and early dismissals will cause a 3.33 point deduction in the attendance grade.  The final attendance grade will be averaged with the unit test grades.

 

 

Once the student receives an assignment, he/she is expected to complete the assignment by the due date.  Each student will receive two homework passes.  These passes may be used in the event of an emergency in order to submit two homework assignments after the due dates.  Only two late assignments per student will be accepted, and these assignments must be submitted on or before the next class period.  Even if the student is absent, the due date stands.   For each day the assignment is late, the grade will drop by 10 points.   After a student has utilized both homework passes, no more late assignments will be accepted; therefore, any additional late homework assignments will not be graded and will earn a grade of “O”.  Students are responsible for the submission of their work; therefore, they should not expect the instructor to remind them about their assignments.  A student must make-up a missed assignment within forty-eight hours if he/she misses a test, quiz, exam, or other major assignment.  If the assignment is not made-up within the forty-eight-hour period, a grade of 0 (zero) will be earned. Furthermore, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor in advance if he/she will be unable to complete the major assignment on the scheduled day.  If such contact is not made, then the student will not get the opportunity to make up the assignment.  Thus, a 0 (zero) will be earned. 

 

Each student will receive two test passes.  These passes may be used in the event of any emergency in order to take two tests after the assigned dates.  Only two late tests per student will be accepted, and these tests must be made-up within 48 hours. The test passes do not protect the possible grade a student can earn; for each day the test is late, the grade will drop by 10 points.  After a student has utilized both test passes, no more late tests will be accepted; therefore any additional missed exams will not be graded and will earn a grade of AO@. A student must make-up a missed assignment within forty-eight hours if he/she misses a test, quiz, exam, or other major assignment.  If the assignment is not made-up within the forty-eight-hour period, a grade of 0 (zero) will be earned. Furthermore, it is the student=s responsibility to contact the instructor in advance if he/she will be unable to complete the major assignment on the scheduled day.  If such contact is not made, then the student will not get the opportunity to make up the assignment.  Thus, a 0 (zero) will be earned. 

 

Any tests or homework assignments that are submitted after the due dates will be graded at the instructor’s convenience.  In other words, late work will be graded after work that is submitted in a timely manner. 

 

Evaluation:

Grades will be determined as follows:

            Homework/Class work                         25%

            Vocabulary Tests                                              25%

            Chapter Tests                                                   25%

            Mini-COMPASS Passages and Projects        25%

 

Students with a semester average of 75 or above will qualify to take the exit exam.  The exit exam and the semester grade will be averaged together, with the exit exam counting 50% and the semester grade counting 50%.  If the two grades average out to a score of 75% or higher, the student will exit Reading 0096 and will be eligible to enroll in Reading 0098 or Reading 1100.  Students who have a final average of 80% or higher will be allowed one attempt to pass the COMPASS Reading Exam.  If students score an 80 or higher on the COMPASS test, then they will exit Learning Support Reading.

 

Grading scale for daily work and tests:

 

A         90-100

B          80-89

C         70-79

D         60-69

F          59 or below

 

Grading scale for report card grade:

 

S          Satisfactorily completed the course with an overall average of 75% or higher.

            A student may now register for READ 0098 if a degree student.  A student may now

            register for Reading 1100 if a certificate student.

IP         Making progress, but did not pass with an overall average of 75% or better, must repeat the course.

U         Unsatisfactory progress in the course; continue in the course next semester

            (Student did not qualify to take the exit test).

 

 

Disability Services

 

Students with disabilities are invited to contact the Academic and Career Enhancement (ACE) Center of Dalton State College to request reasonable accommodations for academic programs and other activities of Dalton State College.  Students are encouraged to contact the ACE Center as soon as possible and to make an appointment with Disability Support Services (DSS) staff to begin the process of qualifying for accommodations.  Professional documentation must be provided that explains and verifies the disability and resulting limitations before DSS Services and accommodations can be utilized.  Once documentation is provided, students must allow adequate time for assessment of documentation and implementation of approved accommodations.  For additional information, please contact:

 

Mary Andrews

ACE Center - Disability Support Services

Lower Level, Pope Student Center

650 College Drive, Dalton, GA  30720, 706-272-4429

Students who are unable to come to the ACE Center to request accommodations for

a disability, should call 706-272-4429.

 

Students who are unable to access the instructor’s office

should call 272-2583 for assistance.

 

DSC Workforce

If a student receiving aid administered by the DSC Workforce Development Department drops this class or completely withdraws from College, the Schedule Adjustment Form must be taken to the Workforce Development office in Room 112 of the Technical Education building.  The Office is open on the following schedule:

            Monday/Tuesday/Thursday  9 am to12:15 and 1:30 to 5 pm

            Friday:  8 am to noon

            Contact the office at 706-272-2635

 

DROP/WITHDRAWAL STATEMENT:

 

AThe last day to drop this class without penalty is September 18, 2006.  You will be assigned

a grade of W.  After this date, withdrawal without penalty is permitted only in cases of extreme

hardship as determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs; otherwise a grade of WF

will be issued.  Students who wish to drop this class or withdraw from all classes should go to

the Enrollment Services Office in Westcott Hall to complete the necessary form.  Students who

fail to complete the official drop/withdrawal procedure will receive the grade of F.  Withdrawal

from class is a student=s responsibility.  Before dropping any class, the College strongly

advises that students meet with their academic advisor and their instructor to discuss the impact

of a withdrawal on their graduation plans.  The College also strongly advises students who are

receiving any type of financial aid to visit the Financial Aid office in pope Student Center to

discuss the impact a withdrawal may have on their financial Aid status.  The grade of W counts

as hours attempted for the purposes of financial aid.@    

 

Notes:

 

All students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner befitting  college students.  Class disturbances will not be accepted or tolerated.

 

Cell phones and beepers must be turned off before entering the classroom. These devices disturb the learning environment.  Thus, they are only permitted in emergency situations, and the instructor must approve these rare instances in advance.

 

If a student’s handwriting is difficult for the instructor to read, then the instructor reserves the right to require this student to type all graded assignments


 

 

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:

Ms. Sharon L. Hixon

Office  B  Liberal Arts Building B Room 232

               (706) 272-2583        There is a voice mail system that operates 24 hours per day.

               

 

                M/W   9:45AM – 10:45 AM  (August 17, 2006 – December 7, 2006)

                M/W   3:10 PM – 6:10 PM  (August 17, 2006 – November 8, 2006)

                T/R     3:10PM – 4:10 PM  (August 7, 2006 – October 27, 2006)

                T/R    1:35PM  -- 2:35 PM (October 30, 2006 – December 8, 2006)

                M/W   1:35PM – 4:35 PM (November 13, 2006 – December 8, 2006)

 

Secretary B Ms. Donna Hendrix B (706) 272-4403

 

E-Mail B shixon@daltonstate.edu

 

If you use E-mail, please include your class number on the subject line.  This will help with the recognition of important E-mail messages.

 

General Toll-Free Number:  1-800-829-4436  If you use this number, you will need to ask to speak with Sharon Hixon.

 

Web Address: http://www.daltonstate.edu/faculty/shixon/

 

Banner Access:  http://www.daltonstate.edu/        Click on gray box “DSC Connect – WebMail,Banner” located on the bottom left portion of the page.  Enter your user name and password.  Click on gray “Student” tab found on the top right hand portion of the page.  Click on “My Courses” to access all of your courses.  Click on the name of this course.  Click on “files” to access course materials. 

 


 

 

 

 

The following is of utmost importance!!!!  Please read carefully and listen to the explanation!!

 

If a student does not complete requirements for an area in twelve semester hours or three semesters, whichever occurs first, the student will be suspended and will not be considered for readmission within three years of suspension.

 

Prior to suspending a student who has not exited a Learning Support course within the twelve semester hours or three semester limit, an institution may allow the student to appeal for one additional course.  The student must:

.                  be individually evaluated and determined to have a reasonable chance of success

b.                  be in an exit level course

 

c.                   have reached the limit in only one Learning Support area

 If granted the additional course, the student may enroll in only the Learning Support course.