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2020-2021 Course Catalog 
2020-2021 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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RDNG 0930 - Excellent Reading

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab None
Course Description: This course focuses on fluency as a tool for strengthening reading comprehension. It addresses critical reading and thinking skills necessary for the processing of college-level reading materials using an innovative approach to reading instruction.  All students registered for RDNG 0930 also register for RDNG 0940 , and STSC 1021 .
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Course placement into RDNG 0930.
Corequisite(s): RDNG 0940  
Recommendation: Word processing proficiency and basic computer skills.

Major Content
1. Independent, sustained reading

  1. Connect readings to personal experience and prior knowledge

2. Reading strategies

  1. Read increasingly complex texts
  2. Paraphrase passages from a variety of texts, both verbally and in writing
  3. Repeated cycling and metacognitive approach/ excellent reading

3. Close reading

  1. Read for understanding yourself and others
  2. Understand author’s intent
  3. Identify the main idea
  4. Identify supporting details

4. Critical reading, writing, and thinking

  1. Introduction to the basic concepts of critical reading
  2. Distinguish fact from opinion
  3. Identify connotative language
  4. Increase ability to verbally express evidenced-based thinking in diverse groups
  5. Increase ability to think strategically about a text
  6. Increase ability to listen deeply
  7. Discern between faulty and correct inferences

5. Building of background knowledge

  1. Reflect on reading topics and connect the themes to meaningful context in society
  2. Scaffold learning through pre-reading activities

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

1. read increasingly complex texts, including college level, fluently and effectively.

  1. develop an understanding that reading is thinking.
  2. build vocabulary and concept knowledge.
  3. Increase ability for sustained reading.
  4. Increase understanding of text development and organization.

2. paraphrase passages from a variety of texts, both verbally and in writing.

3. summarize passages from a variety of texts, both verbally and in writing.

4. interpret texts, including college-level texts, using critical-thinking and problem-solving approaches.

5. connect readings to personal experience and prior knowledge.

6. use close reading to check comprehension of texts.

7. evaluate and select reading strategies dependent upon the purpose for reading and the nature of the reading material.
Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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