Reading 101 - Effective College Reading

Christine Pruitt, Instructor
Box 12235
Office: 501-279-4054
Home: 501-268-6317

Institutional Mission Statement: Harding University’s curriculum provides students with the fundamentals knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential for a Christian in a complex and dynamic world.

ADVANCE Mission Statement: The mission of ADVANCE is to help students become active, independent learners who possess the skills necessary to succeed across the curriculum.

Course Description: Instruction and practice in mastering reading skills, including reading efficiency and flexibility, increasing comprehension, developing vocabulary, and interpreting and evaluating reading material.

Credit Hours: 2

Text: The Master Reader by D. J. Henry, 2005; The Longman Reader’s Portfolio and Student Planner

Recommended Materials: Three-ring binder, loose-leaf paper, 3x5 cards, assignment book, folder for recreational reading assignments

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. Use context clues and word parts to improve vocabulary
  2. Identify main ideas and supporting details
  3. Recognize the transitions and thought patterns used to show relationships among an author’s ideas
  4. Distinguish fact from opinion
  5. Use details to make inferences
  6. Identify the author’s purpose and tone
  7. Make sound inferences and avoid false conclusions
  8. Recognize the claim of an author’s argument, determine whether the support is relevant and adequate, and to check for bias in the author’s argument

Assessment: Harding University, since its charter in 1924, has been strongly committed to providing the best resources and environment for the teaching-learning process. The board, administration, faculty, and staff are wholeheartedly committed to full compliance with all criteria of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university values continuous, rigorous assessment at every level for its potential to improve student learning and achievement and for its centrality in fulfilling the stated mission of Harding. Thus, a comprehensive assessment program has been developed that includes both the Academic units and the Administrative and Educational Support (AES) units. Specifically, all academic units will be assessed in reference to the following Expanded Statement of Institutional Purpose: The University provides programs that enable students to acquire essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions in their academic disciplines for successful careers, advanced studies, and servant leadership.

Course Assessment and Grading:
Assessment of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of each student for the purpose of assigning a grade at the completion of this course will be based on:

Chapter Tests
Final Exam
Class Assignments
Recreational Reading

Class Requirements

  1. Complete all class reading and writing assignments; be prepared for and participate in class. This includes bringing your textbook to each class meeting. Points will be deducted from your attendance/participation grade if you do not have your book.
  2. Read two books with a minimum of 150 pages each and complete all related assignments.
  3. Tests will consist of chapter tests, vocabulary quizzes, and a final.
  4. Attend class regularly (see attendance policy).
  5. Cell phones are to be turned off and in your backpack. No text messaging during class.
  6. Please do not leave the classroom once class begins unless it is an emergency. Please take care of personal business before or after class.

Grading Scale:

90 – 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
Below 70% = No Credit

A semester grade of 70% (C) or higher and a Nelson Denny score of 12 will be required to pass Reading 101.

Attendance Policy
There are 3 excusable reasons for absence:

  • Illness as verified by a school nurse or a physician
  • An administratively-approved field trip
  • Death or serious illness in the immediate family of the student

There are no unexcused absences allowed in the ADVANCE Program. Each student will begin the semester with 100 attendance points, with 10 points being deducted for an unexcused absence. Your total attendance points will be worth 10% of your semester grade. Lack of attendance will result in being dropped from class.

Three unexcused tardies equal one unexcused absence.

Making Up Missed Exams or Assignments:
If an excused absence occurs on an exam day, the student is responsible for scheduling a time with the instructor to make up the test. Make-up exams should be scheduled no later than one week after returning to class. If a quiz is missed, be prepared to take the quiz the day you return to class.

If an excused absence occurs on a day when an assignment is due, the assignment should be turned in when the student returns to class. If you miss class, you are responsible for getting the assignment and being prepared for the next class, including quizzes and tests. You may call or e-mail the instructor for the assignment before the next class.

The instructor may change any of the components of the syllabus in the event of extenuating circumstances.

Note: These courses carry degree credit only when they can be used in a curriculum as free electives. However, most majors do not allow many hours of free electives, so most students will find that these courses are taken in addition to the courses required for their major. These classes do count toward your grade point average.

Students with Disabilities: It is the policy for Harding University to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law. Therefore, any student with a documented disability condition (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the instructor and Student Support Services at the beginning of the semester. The Student Support Services Office is located in Room 109 of the Lee Academic Center, telephone 501-279-4028.

Academic Misconduct: Any act of academic misconduct as defined in the Harding University Catalog will result in a grade of zero, and the student will be reported to the Academic Dean as stated in the catalog.