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									                                      Instructor contact information

Instructor: Paula Khalaf                                    Office Hours: MW 12:00-1:30 PM
                                                                          TTh 8:30-9:30 AM or by appointment
Office:    MOD 2-106D
Phone:     832-482-1064
Dept.      Transitional English/Division 5
Alternate contact: Fawn Kleff, Div.5 Coordinator

                                           Welcome to ENGL 0305

Course Title:        Reading II                             Semester & Year:   Fall 2008
Course Number:       ENGL 0305_81001                        Class Days & Time: MWF 7:25-8:40 AM
Credit Hours:        3 (institutional credit only)          Location:          TBA
Lecture Hours:       3
Lab Hours            1
Total Contact Hrs:   64

                                                Course overview
Catalog Description:

A developmental reading course continuing the instruction and reinforcement of those skills taught in ENGL
0304. Emphasis is on learning higher level reading skills required for college reading assignments. Short
paragraph writing is required to complement some reading activities. This course carries institutional credit but
will not transfer and will not be used to meet degree requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes:

       Demonstrate an understanding of the components of the reading process including: previewing to
        activate knowledge, and to establish a purpose for reading; incorporating study skills in assimilating new
        knowledge; use recall techniques to verify comp.
       Demonstrate comprehension of various types of reading passages by: using metacognitive strategies to
        determine self-need; applying fix-up strategies to correct failures in comprehension.
       Demonstrate an understanding of the critical thinking process as it relates to comprehension of various
        types of reading passages by: applying knowledge gained from reading, synthesizing knowledge gained
        from reading, and critically evaluating reading.

                                                     Getting ready
   Prerequisites:                    Placement by test score or successful completion of ENGL 0304
   Co-requisites:                    None
   Required Material:                Improving Reading Skills (5 ed.), by Deanne Spears
                                     My Reading Lab access code (available in the bookstore or online)
                           3 ring binder with dividers, notebook paper, pens (2 colors), highlighters, dictionary

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                            Instructor guidelines and policies
Students who miss all or part of a class are responsible for the content of the class and all assignments.
Assignment due dates are given well in advance and will not be extended.

It is your responsibility to be in class when role is taken. In the case of a dispute, my official attendance
record will be the final arbiter of whether or not you attended class. If you must be absent, please speak
to me in advance, or telephone me, or e-mail me using my contact information at the top of this syllabus.
If you find it necessary to stop attending class, process an official drop at the registration desk in the
Learning Commons before the Withdrawal date and, as a courtesy, notify me in person, by phone or e-

Your presence and active participation is mandatory. If you miss more than 8 hours of class, fail to turn in
a major assignment on time, or choose to not participate, I may have you withdrawn from the class.
Attendance is taken when class begins. Three tardies or leaving early count as one absence. Having your
head down or sleeping during class counts as an absence. There are no excused or unexcused
absences. Absences apply to both class time and lab time. If you exceed the number of absences after
the official withdrawal date, I will use my discretion to determine the penalty up to assigning -5 points off
your final semester grade per absence.

You must be on time for class, have all required materials, complete assignments, and participate in class
activities. If you fail to bring materials and/or assignments, you may be asked to leave the class. If you
disrupt the class in any way, I may have you removed. On such occasions, you will be counted absent.

Assignments: Detailed class and homework assignments are recorded in this syllabus. Please, check
the syllabus and complete all the assignments before coming to class. All writing assignments should be
typed. Additional homework may be given in class. Missing a class is not an excuse for not completing
your homework. Should you miss a day, your assignments are still responsible for turning in assignments
on their due date at the beginning of class. In the event of extraordinary circumstances, you may make
arrangements for extensions, but these arrangements must be made with me privately and before the
assignment is due. I do not accept late work.

Classroom Community: While you can expect a friendly, collegiate atmosphere this semester, the
academic future of every student enrolled in this class is at stake. Plan to invest six or more hours
outside of class each week for your student success. Plan to seek tutoring or outside of class help from
me in conferences. Many assignments will use the Internet, and students who do not have a high-speed
Internet connection at home will be able to take advantage of the computers in the Learning Commons or
the student computer lab. Support for those new to online learning will be available from me, your fellow
students, and the librarians located in the Learning Commons.

There is no time for immaturity, anti-social behavior, fighting or a lack of cooperation. Students who make
poor choices will be immediately withdrawn from the class or withdrawn with an “F” and notified afterward
either in person, by phone or e-Campus e-mail.

Make-up Exams: Make up work for days missed will not be allowed. If you miss a major exam due to
some serious circumstances, you might be granted a make-up opportunity upon review of the

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   Cell phones and other personal electronic devices:
   Please, switch your phones to “silent” mode or turn them off before class and put them away so that they
   are not visible. Should you try to use one of these devices during class in any way (including
   having the phone on your desk) you will receive a zero for the day’s work and a warning. If the
   problem persists, I will consider dropping you from the class.

   Computer lab rules and policies:
   Computers in the computer lab are for educational purposes only. Students are expected to follow the
   college computer use policy. In addition, students are not to use computers during class time to check
   their personal e-mail, chat, browse different sites, shop, play computer games, etc. The computer
   screens have to be turned off when I lecture or when we are not using computers as part of the class
   work. Students who do not comply with the rules will be asked to leave the class, will be assigned a full
   day’s absence (see attendance policy), and will receive a zero for the class work. Make up work will not
   be allowed.

                                                   GRADE DETERMINATION:

     Your grade will be                                 Details                                Points          Percent of
determined by the following                                                               (if applicable)        Final
4 exams                               100 points each                                          400               40%
in class work/quizzes                 100 points                                               100                 10%
Project                               100 points                                               100                 10%
Log (critical reading)                100 points                                               100                 10%
MRL                                   100 points                                               100                 10%
Final exam                            200 points                                               200                 20%
                                                                             Total:           1,000               100%

                                             LETTER GRADE ASSIGNMENT:

                         Letter Grade                                          Final Average in Percent
                               A                                                        90-100
                              B                                                           80-89
                              C                                                           70-79
                           F or IP*                                                    69 or below

   *IP will be given only if the professor decides the student has completed work satisfactorily enough to deserve an IP
       instead of an F; the student will still need to take the course again to get a grade of C or higher to move on.

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Lone Star College-CyFair

Lone Star College-CyFair is committed to student success. To facilitate this, free tutoring for most subjects is
offered on the 2nd floor of the Learning Commons building. Please refer to for
more information regarding our tutoring services.

Tutoring in MATH, ENGL BIOL and ESL is also available at the Fairbanks Center. Go to for a complete list of times and days tutoring is available.

Counseling Services

Counseling services are available to students who are experiencing difficulty with academic issues, selection of
college major, career planning, disability accommodations, or personal issues. Students may contact
Counseling, Career and Disability Services at (281) 290-3260,, or LRNC 110 ½.

Students may contact counseling services at the Fairbanks Center at 832-782-5110,, or FBC120.

The Assistive Technology Lab

The Assistive Technology Lab is available for students who benefit from its various technologies to convert text
to speech, magnify items, convert text to Braille, etc. To contact the Assistive Technology Lab directly, please
call (281) 290-3207 or e-mail the lab at The AT Lab is located in LRNC 105.

Students may contact the IT dept, at FBC at 832.782.5072 or FBC 210 for assistance.

Lone Star College-CyFair Campus and System Policies
Academic Integrity

Lone Star College-CyFair is committed to a high standard of academic integrity in the academic community. In
becoming a part of the academic community, students are responsible for honesty and independent effort.
Failure to uphold these standards includes, but is not limited to, the following: plagiarizing written work or
projects, cheating on exams or assignments, collusion on an exam or project, and misrepresentation of
credentials or prerequisites when registering for a course. Cheating includes looking at or copying from another
student's exam, orally communicating or receiving answers during an exam, having another person take an
exam or complete a project or assignment, using unauthorized notes, texts, or other materials for an exam, and
obtaining or distributing an unauthorized copy of an exam or any part of an exam. Plagiarism means passing off
as his/her own the ideas or writings of another (that is, without giving proper credit by documenting sources).
Plagiarism includes submitting a paper, report or project that someone else has prepared, in whole or in part.
Collusion is inappropriately collaborating on assignments designed to be completed independently. These
definitions are not exhaustive. When there is clear evidence of cheating, plagiarism, collusion or
misrepresentation, disciplinary action may include but is not limited to: requiring you to retake or resubmit an
exam or assignment, assigning a grade of zero or "F" for an exam or assignment; or assigning a grade of "F" for
the course. Additional sanctions including being withdrawn from the course, program or expelled from school
may be imposed on a students who violate the standards of academic integrity.

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Americans with Disabilities Act Statement

Lone Star College-CyFair is dedicated to providing the least restrictive environment for all students. We
promote equity in academic access through the implementation of reasonable accommodations as required by
the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title V, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
(ADA) which will enable students with disabilities to participate in and benefit from all post-secondary
educational activities.

If you require reasonable accommodations because of a physical, mental, or learning disability, please
contact the Counseling Office to obtain the necessary information to request accommodations. Upon
completion of this process, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and preferably before the
end of the first two weeks of class to arrange for reasonable accommodations.

Computer Virus Protection

Computer viruses are, unfortunately, a fact of life. Using removable devices on more than one computer creates
the possibility of infecting computers and diskettes with a computer virus. This exposes the computers of the
college, your personal computer, and any others you may be using to potentially damaging viruses. The college
has aggressive anti-virus procedures in place to protect its computers, but cannot guarantee that a virus might
not temporarily infect one of its machines. It is your responsibility to protect all computers under your control and
use and ensure that each diskette you use, whenever or wherever you use it, has been scanned with anti-virus
software. Since new viruses arise continually, your anti-virus software must be kept current. And, since no anti-
virus software will find every virus, keeping backup copies is extremely important.

Equal Opportunity Statement

It is the policy of the Lone Star College System to provide equal employment, admission and educational
opportunities without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, veteran's status,
sexual orientation, or disability.

Lone Star College System colleges strive to provide an excellent learning environment free from harassment or
intimidation directed at any person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, veteran's status,
sexual orientation, or disability. Any form of harassment will not be tolerated.

Guaranteed Graduate Policy

Lone Star College System guarantees that graduates of its Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate
of Applied Science and all Certificate programs, providing under certain circumstances, additional education and
training tuition free to students lacking appropriate mastery of specified competencies. For additional
information, refer to the Lone Star College System college catalog.

Internet and E-mail

The District provides computing and network resources to students. You are encouraged to use the computers,
software packages, and electronic mail (e-mail) for educational or District-related activities and to facilitate the
efficient exchange of useful information. However, the equipment, software, and network capacities provided
through the district computer services are and remain the property of the District. Use of the equipment and
networks is to comport with the policies and procedures of the District and access may be denied to any student
who fails to comply with the District’s policies and procedures regarding its use.

Access to the District’s e-mail and similar electronic communications systems are a privilege and certain
responsibilities accompany that privilege. All users are expected to demonstrate the same level of ethical and
professional manner, as is required in face-to-face or written communications. Anonymous or forged messages
will be treated as a violation of this policy.

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Software Piracy

Law strictly prohibits unauthorized copying of software purchased by Lone Star College-CyFair for use in
laboratories. Lone Star College-CyFair administration will take appropriate disciplinary action against anyone
violating copyright laws.

Evaluation of Instruction

Lone Star College-CyFair is committed to student success. As part of its’ institutional effectiveness efforts, our
instructors are assessed in several ways. Students are asked to provide input for each course they take each
semester using the Student Feedback Questionnaire, which can be accessed online for each course. The
college deans review these evaluations each semester. The deans, and/or department chairs may visit each
instructor’s class at some time during the semester to observe the instructional environment being provided, and
complete an assessment of the instructor.

Final Examinations

A final evaluation activity will occur during the published final evaluation period. The appropriate associate dean
must approve any variation to this schedule.

Withdrawal Policy

Withdrawal from the course after the official day of record and prior to “W” Day, (see current catalog for this
date) will result in a final grade of “W” on your transcript. Instructor approval is necessary if you want to
withdraw after official day. No credit will be awarded for a course earning a “W”. If you stop attending class, you
must withdraw at the registration office prior to “W” day. If you stop attending class and do not officially
withdraw, you will receive an “F” for the course.

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Tentative Instructional Outline:        Assignments may be modified. It is your
responsibility to make adjustments to this tentative calendar. (MRL = My Reading Lab)

 Date                 Homework                               In-Class Objectives and Details

AUG. 25    Purchase textbook and MRL           Syllabus Quiz & Course Introduction; Building Community
  M        Set up binder; text pp 1-21

AUG. 27    MRL Lexile Placement and            Pilot Placement Test (tentative)Test Taking Strategies
  W        Skills: Vocabulary (due 9/3)        MRL

AUG. 29    “Making Up for Lost Time” p.173     Vocabulary strategies, word etymology, index cards, dictionary
  F        + exercises
                                               Critical Reading Worksheet intro (Reading Log)
SEPT. 1    Text pp. 1-21;                      HOLIDAY!
  M        Practice vocabulary

SEPT. 3    MRL skills: Main idea &             Discussion groups/Log 1 due
  W        supporting details; 1 Level is      MRL issues/ 1 Lexile level completed in class
           done in-class(due 9/8)

SEPT. 5    “Conveyor Belt Ladies” p. 89        Main idea & Author’s Purpose & Tone
  F        + exercises & Reading log           Discussion grps; check crit rdg; vocab practice

SEPT. 8    Text pp. 35-45;                     Main Idea & supporting details
  M        Vocabulary practice                 Discussion grps; check reading logs (log 2 due)

SEPT. 10   MRL Skill: outlining &              Vocabulary practice/ MRL
  W        summarizing; 1 Level (due 9/17)

SEPT. 12   “The Environmental Issue From       Annotating, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing
   F       Hell” p. 349 + exercises and
           reading log
SEPT. 15   Text pp. 123-31                     Summarizing, cont.
   M       Practice vocabulary                 Discussion grps; Log 3 due

SEPT. 17   MRL: Purpose & tone; reading        Vocabulary games/ exam prep/ MRL
  W        rate & 1 level (due 9/24)

SEPT. 19   “Shop Like a Man” p. 189 +          EXAM I
   F       exercises & reading log

SEPT. 22   Text: pp. 223-9                     Making Inferences
   M                                           Discussion groups

SEPT. 24   MRL inferences; 1 Level (due        Reading Rate
  W        10/1)                               Vocabulary building/ MRL

SEPT. 26   “”Sedated by Stuff” p. 203 +        Inferences and review skills
   F       exercises and reading log

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SEPT. 29   Text pp. 339-46                      Persuasive Writing & Evaluating Evidence
   M                                            Discussion groups

OCT. 1     MRL test taking, 1 levels (due       Vocabulary building; MRL
 W         10/8)

OCT. 3     “The Hunger for More” p. 213 +       Locating & Evaluating Credible Sources
  F        exercises and reading log

OCT. 6     Text pp. 399-408                     Patterns of Development

OCT. 8     MRL patterns of organization &       Vocabulary and review for exam
 W         1 level (due 10/15)

OCT. 10    “Fatherless Boys…” p. 365 +          EXAM II
  F        exercises & reading log

OCT. 13    handout                              Critical Thinking and Review Skills
  M                                             Group discussion
Oct. 15    MRL critical thinking & 1 level
  W        due 10/22)
Oct. 17    “Digging” p. 111 + exercises &       RESEARCH DAY – CLASS DOES NOT MEET THIS DATE
  F        reading log
Oct. 20    Work on semester project             MID TERM EXAM
Oct. 22    MRL memorization &                   GUEST SPEAKER: CAREER SERVICES
  W        concentration & 1 Level (due
Oct. 24    “Long Walk to Freedom” p. 275        Graphics and visuals
Oct. 27    Practice vocab                       Review skills
  M                                             Discussion groups
Oct. 29    MRL: reading textbooks &             Vocabulary review and exam prep
  W        graphics & visuals (due 11/5)
Oct. 31    Handout                              Individual Conferences
  F        Practice vocab
Nov. 3     Portfolio preparation for            Exam III (VOTE TUESDAY, NOV 4 )
  M        conference
Nov. 5     Semester project                     Individual Conferences
 W         MRL note taking & highlighting;
           1 Level (due 11/12)
Nov. 7     Last day to drop and                 Critical Thinking & Review Skills
  F        receive a “W”                        Discussion groups
           Semester project
Nov. 10    Handout - mapping                    Practice DCF
Nov. 12    MRL – 1 level (due 11/19)            Practice DCF focus on writing and short answer, multiple part
  W                                             questions
Nov. 14    handout                              Mapping & Outlining Review
Nov. 17    Project                              Group discussion

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Nov. 19   MRL – 1 Level                      SEMESTER PROJECT in LAB/MRL
  W       (due 11/26
Nov. 21                                      Project Presentations
Nov. 24                                      Project Presentations
Nov. 26                                      Project Presentations
Nov. 28                                                                 HOLIDAY!
Dec. 1    handout                            Critical Thinking & Review Skills
Dec. 3    handout                            MRL completion
Dec. 5    MRL must be completed by this      FINAL REVIEW/ Student feedback: Course Surveys &
  F       date                               Suggestions
Dec. 8                                       FINAL EXAM 0305/81002 8:00-9:50 AM
  M                                          FINAL EXAM 0305/81003 10:00-11:50 AM
Dec. 10                                      FINAL EXAM 0305/81001        7:00-8:50 AM
                                             HWK = homework
                                             MRL = My Reading Lab

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