SYLLABUS: RDG-0800, SECTION 49517 & 49520 (NO CREDITS) by 06jF4yg


									        SYLLABUS: RDG-0800, SECTIONS 53268 & 53271 (NO CREDITS)
                              SPRING 2007

Time:                 M/W 8:30-9:55 a.m. and 2:00-3:25 p.m.
Instructor:           Professor Kathleen (Kathy) Colarusso
Office:               FA113
                      M/W: 10:15-11:45 a.m.
Office hours:         T/TH: 1:15-2:15 p.m.and by appointment
Telephone:            301-934-7831
Instructor’s Website:
College Website:
Weather Closings:     800-650-4023 or 301-369-1999


Smith, Brenda D. Bridging the Gap: College Reading. 8th. ed. New York: Pearson
       Longman, 2005.
The Longman Textbook Reader
Textbook Application Booklet
The New American Webster Handy College Dictionary, 3rd ed., or equivalent dictionary
Myskillslab Access Code Card
Notebook for class notes
Folder for quizzes and daily assignments
Package of 3x5 or 4x6 index cards


(Prerequisite: Placement in course)
This course helps improve your analytical reading and reasoning skills, which are
essential for successful completion of college courses.


The objective of the course is for you to read college-level texts in various academic
areas, including representative chapters from college textbooks in various disciplines.

In order to meet this objective, you will perform the following activities using passages
of increasing length and complexity:

1. Identify the stated and implied main idea and supporting evidence
2. Identify the organization and structure of texts
3. Distinguish between literal and figurative language
4. Distinguish between facts, judgments, and opinions
5. Make inferences and draw conclusions from stated or implied information

6. Respond to texts orally or in writing by summarizing or reacting
7. Adjust reading strategies to accommodate various types of texts and levels of difficulty
8. Develop strategies for coping with unfamiliar vocabulary using context clues and
structural analysis
9. Use study reading strategies, such as outlining, annotating, notetaking, or mapping
10. Develop self-awareness and self-monitoring strategies to cope with unfamiliar or
complex texts


1. Individual and collaborative reading, writing, and oral assignments and quizzes from
Bridging the Gap, The Longman Textbook Reader, Textbook Application Booklet, and
other sources
2. Midterm and final exam
3. Regular attendance


The semester grades in Reading 0800 are P (Pass), IP (In Progress), and F (Fail).

A grade of P (Pass) indicates that you have successfully completed the course
requirements listed in the syllabus and maintained at least a 70% average. Textbook
quizzes count 60%, individual and collaborative daily assignments 10%, vocabulary
booster quizzes 10%, midterm exam 10%, final exam 10%.

A grade of IP (In Progress) indicates that you have made progress throughout the
semester but have not yet reached an adequate level of competence to read college-level
texts adequately (60%-69% average). If you receive an IP, you must repeat Reading

A grade of F indicates that you have made limited progress throughout the semester or
have completed few assignments (below 60% average).

A grade of FX (Fail due to lack of attendance) indicates that you failed because you have
never attended or ceased to attend the course.

A grade of I (Incomplete) is given only when students, due to an emergency at the end of
the semester, are unable to complete the last week or two of the semester but were
otherwise doing adequately in the class. An I is given only rarely in Reading 0800.


You will be periodically required to complete assignments on the Reading Road Trip
website. To access Reading Road Trip, use a computer at home, in a public library, or in
a college computer lab and go to http://www.myskillslab. Then use the code in the

student access folder (provided with your textbook) to access the program and create a
Login Name and Password that you can easily remember.


You will periodically be given extra credit opportunities to improve your average. If you
score below 70 percent on a chapter quiz, you will be able to raise your grade on up to
three quizzes by completing alternate assignments I will provide.

Another way of receiving extra credit is to attend up to three of the following approved
college activities and performances (or others that arise during the semester) and then to
complete an acceptable report of approximately 250 words. Be sure to attach proof of
your attendance: ticket stub, program, etc. For each report successfully completed, you
will have up to ten points added to your midterm exam, final exam, daily assignment
average, or vocabulary booster quiz average.

Connections (A Reading Series): All readings begin at 7:30, and the admission price is
March 2                        Wayne Karlin                 Leonardtown Campus,
                                                            Building A Auditorium
April 13                       Edward P. Jones              La Plata Campus
                                                            Fine Arts Center
May 4                          Connections Literary         La Plata Campus, LR102
                               Magazine Reading             (free)
Performance report: Do a summary of the reading, including a discussion of the subject
matter and the author’s performance. Also, be sure to include specific examples of what
you liked and/or did not like about the reading (approximately 250 words).

Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery Talks and Receptions: All talks are held in the
gallery in the FA building at 12:00 p.m. and are FREE.
February 12             Paintings by Herman Maril from the UMUC Collection
March 13                Surface Tension: New Work by Hunt Proto
April 17                Annual Student Juried Art Show
Performance report: Do a summary of the talk, including a discussion of the subject
matter of the talk, the effectiveness of the speaker’s delivery of the information, and your
reaction to it. Also provide a brief description of the actual exhibit and your reaction to it
(approximately 250 words).

CSM Fine Arts Center Events: Tickets for these events should be purchased in advance
at the box office in the FA building.
March 16, 17 at 8:00 p.m.             R.U.R.            $15 for adults
March 18 at 2:00 p.m.                                   $13 for students/seniors
In FA Auditorium

No extra credit material will be accepted after the last class


All work should be completed on time. If you are absent on the day an assignment is due,
you are expected to turn it in on the day you return. If you miss a graded classroom
activity, quiz, or test, you are responsible for making it up within a week. Assignments
will lose one letter grade for every class period they are late. They should be submitted to
the instructor or to the office staff (FA 105).


Good attendance is required to keep up with the extensive reading and writing
assignments in this class. For up to three absences, you will be allowed to make up class
work as long as you do so within a week of the absence. If you miss a scheduled quiz or
exam and have no more than three absences, a make-up quiz or exam will be placed in
the Testing Center (LR116) and must be made up within a week of your return to class.
After the third absence, no work may be made up unless you have proof of such things as
a medical or work problem, death in the family, or court appearance.

When you are absent from class, you must keep up with the material on the Schedule of
Assignments. Generally you are expected to turn in assignments and take quizzes and
exams on the days listed on the schedule unless you have made other arrangements with
me. Be sure to talk with me immediately after returning to class about making up in-class

You need to be in class on time. Three tardies are equivalent to one unexcused absence. If
you enter class after a quiz or classroom assignment has been given, you will receive a
zero on it. Leaving class early counts as a tardy.


Academic integrity is vital to this course. Two serious violations of academic integrity
are cheating and plagiarism. Cheating generally takes the form of copying from or
allowing another to copy from an exam or quiz. Plagiarism is the use of another person's
words or ideas without giving proper credit. It includes passing off others' ideas as your
own and copying words, phrases, or passages from another source without proper
documentation. Submitting another's paper as your own is the most serious form.
Cheating and plagiarism are extremely serious offenses. You will receive a zero on the
assignment, will not be allowed to redo it, and will be dealt with following the procedures
in the Student Handbook. A Standard Judicial Complaint Form will be filled out and sent
to the dean of the Division of Student and Instructional Support Services.


The last day to switch or add a class is January 31.


The last day to withdraw without a grade is April 12. To withdraw, you should fill out a
withdrawal form, obtain required signatures, and submit the form to the appropriate
office before April 12. If you stop coming to class without handing in the form, you will
receive an F.


If you audit the class, you are still expected to attend regularly and attempt assignments.
The last day to sign up to audit the class is April 12.


The college strongly discourages students from bringing unauthorized persons into any
classroom. This is part of a college-wide policy to preserve academic integrity. The
college strongly discourages the presence of unauthorized persons in the workplace and
prohibits unauthorized persons in the Children’s Learning Center and hazardous
locations. More information on this policy can be found in your Student Handbook.


Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class
are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services in the Student Success Center at
301-934-7614 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are
implemented in a timely fashion.


A positive classroom atmosphere is a key component of a successful semester. Such an
atmosphere is easy to maintain if people treat each other with respect and come to class
on time prepared to learn.

To succeed in this course, you will generally need to spend at least six hours a week
outside of class working on class material. This might involve completing reading and
writing assignments, doing activities on the textbook website
( obtaining additional assistance from the
Student Success Center, using software in the Learning Lab (LR118), or obtaining
additional help from me on an individual basis. Feel free to drop by, call, or e-mail me
any time you need help. Working together, we can have a very productive semester.


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