READING 1100 C READING SKILLS                                           3-0-3

Division of Humanities

Dalton State College

Spring 2007  B Section 01

Sharon Hixon



This course is designed to provide a broad range of reading experiences for the student entering a trade area.  Areas of emphasis include vocabulary, comprehension, reading rate, and life skills.

(Vocational-Technical Certificate Course)




Copies of materials on reserve in the library


Nist, Sherrie L & Mohr, Carole Advancing Vocabulary Skills


American Heritage Dictionary (paperback or hardback )


Three-ring binder with dividers (suggested)


Two packages of 3 x 5 index cards


Two report covers


Pens ( some bright colors)





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 15 points per day will be deducted.  Tardy arrivals and early dismissals will cause a 5 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. 



Homework and class assignments = 40%

Vocabulary tests and comprehension tests = 40% 

( Vocabulary will be 2 of the 40%, and comprehension will be 2 of the 40%.)

Final Exam = 20%


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, the project, and the attendance grade are protected.  In other words, these grades will not be dropped even if they are low. 




Students completing Reading 1100 toward a certificate should be able to:


1.      understand critically a variety of printed materials;


2.      understand literally a variety of printed materials;


3.      recognize college-level vocabulary;



4.      use college-level vocabulary;


5.      apply metacognitive strategies to adjust their reading skills to a given reading



6.      apply metacognitive strategies to adjust reading skills to a given test-taking;


7.      investigate the role reading plays in their career choices;


8.      increase their reading speed while maintaining comprehension;


9.      apply study techniques to college level-textbooks or textbook excerpts.












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.@    




A.  Vocabulary

      1.  Students will be introduced to the words through a pretest activity.

      2.  Students will discuss the words in a group situation.

      3.  Students will incorporate the new words into their everyday lives through several activities:

            a.  workbook exercises

            b.  writing assignments

            c.   discussions

       4.  Students will demonstrate their knowledge through weekly vocabulary quizzes.


B.  Comprehension

      1.  Students will be introduced to skills and strategies during class.

      2.  This will be followed by a variety of application exercises.

      3.  Students will read a variety of materials centered upon a central theme.

      4.  Students will meet in large and small groups to discuss the readings.

      5.  Students will respond to the readings through a variety of writing assignments.


C.  Integration

      1.  Students will complete projects that relate to their fields of study and require the application of the skills learned in this class.







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 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.


Students need to keep every returned assignment until the end of the semester.  First, the students can use the instructor’s feedback that may be found on these documents for application to future assignments.  Second, the student may need the documents to verify grades.


The articles that the students will read for this class are controversial.  All of the articles deal with issues of race, gender, and minority status.  Each student will have ample opportunity to share his/her opinion through class discussions and through writing assignments.  In the past, many students have found these articles to be confirming of their current beliefs or diametrically opposed to their current beliefs.  Students should benefit from approaching these articles with an open mind and a willingness to think critically about the issues discussed. 



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    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:


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