READ 0098 B LEARNING SUPPORT READING                                                                    4-0-4

Division of Humanities

Dalton State College

Sharon Hixon

Spring 2007 --  Section 02



Langan, John.  Ten Steps to Advanced Reading.  1st ed. Marlton, New Jersey: Townsend Press, Inc., 2004. 


Nist, Sherrie L., and Carole Mohr.  Advancing Vocabulary Skills.  3rd ed.

 Marlton, New Jersey: Townsend Press, 2002.  ISBN:  0-944210-14-7


Arthur, Linda L., and Mark Dallas.  Reading for CollegeGeorgia Reading Exams. 2nd ed. Kendall/Hunt.  ISBN:  0757505392


A college dictionary, The American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed., hardbound or paperbound.  The hardbound is particularly recommended. 

Hardbound:  ISBN:  0-618-09848-8;  Paperbound:  ISBN:  0-385-33576-8


No. 2 pencils/pens (some bright colors)


 three-ring notebook with dividers


notebook paper for binder




2 packages of 3x5 index cards


1 report folder



This is a semester course designed to teach reading skills necessary for success in comprehending and studying college-level courses.  Emphasis is on vocabulary, literal and inferential comprehension, analysis, efficiency, and reading rate.  Students may exit from Learning Support from this course; however, they may also repeat the course for a maximum of twelve semester hours or three semesters.



Students completing Reading 0098 toward a general education degree should be able to:


1.  read critically and understand literally a variety of printed materials;


2.   recognize and use college-level vocabulary;


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


4.   develop a heightened awareness of how to deal with standardized testing situations;


5.   develop rudimentary computer research skills;


6.   increase their reading speed while maintaining comprehension;


7.   apply reading study techniques to college-level textbooks or textbook excerpts;


8.   acquire the computer skills necessary for chat room and/or e-mail discussions or reading assignments;


9.   respond in written form to reading assignments.



Students should demonstrate increased ability in critical reading skills (analyzing, making inferences, and drawing conclusion) and in vocabulary skills.  Students can demonstrate this improved ability by earning a score of 80 or better on the COMPASS.


In order for a student to qualify to take the COMPASS, he/she must have an average of 75% in the class.  Students with an average of 80% or above will have two opportunities to pass the COMPASS.

The class average will be determined as follows:

50% C Practice Reading Tests

                           25% C Class work & homework

                                                Comprehension Quizzes  = 10%

                                                Project = 5%

                                                Final = 5%

                                              Daily Homework/Class work = 5%

             25% C Vocabulary Quizzes


The usual ten-point scale is used:

A = 90 - 100

B = 80 - 89

C = 70 - 79

D = 60 - 69

F = 59 or below


At the end of the semester, one low grade will be dropped before the grade is averaged.  The final exam and the attendance grade are protected.  In other words, these grades will not be dropped even if they are low. 


The grading scale is as follows:

 S = The student has a minimum average of 75% or better, and exits the class by making a     minimum score of 80 on the COMPASS.

IP = The student makes a valid attempt, has an average of 75% or better, but he or she does not make a minimum of 80 on the COMPASS.  The student MUST retake the class.

U= The student has an average of 74 or less. The student must retake the class.

            * Learning Support grades will not be included in the GPA.



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 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 any 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. The homework passes do not protect the possible grade a student can earn; for each day the assignment is late, the grade will drop by 10 points.   Even if the student is absent, the due date stands.  After a student has utilized both homework passes, no more late homework assignments will be accepted; therefore any additional late homework assignments will not be given or graded and will earn a grade of AO@. Students are responsible for the submission of their work; therefore, they should not expect the instructor to remind them about their assignments.  If a student misses a graded class discussion (Book Club), a student may use a homework pass for this assignment if the student has a pass available. 


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. 




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 these rare instances must be approved in advance by the instructor. If your cell phone rings during test administration, you will have 10 points deducted from your test grade.


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.


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


A.                 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.





Ms. Sharon L. Hixon

Office  B  Liberal Arts Building B Room 232

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




 M/W    12:00 PM– 3:30 PM   (January 8, 2007 – March 2, 2007)

T/R        9:20 AM -10:50 AM    (All semester)

T            5:10 PM – 6:10 PM   (January 8, 2007 – March 20, 2007)


At a later date, an updated schedule for office hours will be posted for March 2007-April 2007. 



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


E-Mail B


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:


Banner Access:        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. 









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 the instructor at   (706) 272-2583 for assistance.





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


AThe last day to drop this class without penalty is March 21, 2007.  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.@