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RDNG 1000 - Critical Reading and Thinking for College

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: Critical Reading and Thinking for College is a college level course in reading which emphasizes critical reading and thinking skills using focused questioning. This course primarily presents and applies strategies for critical analysis and evaluation of college-level texts. Students will develop strategies to adjust reading rate based on need and purpose to enhance more effective textbook study and to increase college level vocabulary.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate assessment score placement in RDNG 1000 or completion of RDNG 0900  or RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Application Non-fiction essays, texts, textbook selections, articles
  2. Introduction: The Reading Process
  3. Vocabulary Development: Contextual and Structural
  4. Fundamentals of Conceptualizing:
    1. Modes of Discourse
    2. Structure and Patterns of Organization
    3. Academic Thought Patterns
    4. Meaning of Punctuation
  5. College Textbook Processing
    1. Study Systems 
    2. Domain (discipline) Specific Questioning
  6. Language Usage
    1. Denotation and Connotation
    2. Language Misuse and Abuse
    3. Figurative Language
  7. Critical Reading Processes - Questioning for Analysis and Evaluation
    1. Purpose
    2. Question at Issue
    3. Information or Evidence
    4. Point of View
    5. Assumptions
    6. Implications
    7. Inference or Conclusions
    8. Concepts
  8. Tone
    1. Language
    2. Intent
  9. Argumentative Reading
    1. Inductive/Deductive Reasoning
    2. Detecting Bias and Propaganda

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Question text using critical reading processes.
  2. Analyze text using critical reading processes.
  3. Evaluate text using critical reading processes.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding that reading involves the active integration of new information with past experience.
  5. Use the interactive process of conceptualizing to determine the structure of material for a variety of college curricula.
  6. Identify the academic thought patterns of organization in a text.
  7. Use a variety of strategies to increase vocabulary for college disciplines.
  8. Apply and adapt a specific study system for analysis and evaluation of college level texts.
  9. Adjust reading rate based on need and purpose.
  10. Increase their reading rate.

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