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Areas of Study | | DEVR099 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Reading Skills
DIVISION:Institutional / Developmental Ed

A continuation of Reading 098 for those students who need additional practice on basic reading skills, including vocabulary, comprehension, flexibility, and rate. Individualized instructional materials, including computer assisted instruction programs, are utilized to allow students to progress at their own rate. (Non Degree Credit)


This course is not available for web registration.

This course is designed for students who have completed DEVR 098 and who need additional work in reading and understanding college textbooks.
In general and specific areas, the student will demonstrate the improvement of reading ability in the following categories:
  1. Taking Control of Your Reading
  2. Strategic Reading for Topics in Academic Texts
  3. Strategic Reading for Main Ideas
  4. Understanding Organizational Patterns in Academic Texts
  5. Understanding Details
  6. Using Contextual Clues and Other Strategies for Increasing Vocabulary
  7. Strategies for Critical Reading and Thinking
  8. Strategies for Reading Visual Aids in Texts
  9. Strategies for Active Listening and Notetaking

A. Taking Control of Your Reading

1. Assessing Your Academic Self-Esteem
2. Preparing to Read
3. Staying Mentally Active While You Read
4. Assessing Your Learning
5. Taking Ownership of Ideas in Texts
6. Using Outside Sources to Gain Background Knowledge
7. Preparing for Tests

B. Strategic Reading for Topics in Academic Texts

1. Finding Topics in Reading Selections
2. Strategies for Finding Topics
3. Distinguishing Between Broad Topics and Narrow Topics
4. Using Knowledge of Topics and Subtopics While You Read

C. Strategies for Main Ideas

1. What Is a Main Idea?
2. Progressing from Topics to Main Ideas
3. Purposes for Creating Main Idea Sentences

D. Understanding Organizational Patterns in Academic Texts

1. Using Organizational Patterns
2. How Can Patterns Be Identified?
3. Relationships Between Main Ideas and Patterns
4. Recognizing Patterns of Organization

E. Understanding Details

1. Why Are Details Needed?
2. Understanding Types of Details
3. Major and Minor Details
4. Creating Visuals for Ideas in Texts

F. Using Contextual Clues and Other Strategies for Increasing Vocabulary

1. How Will Context Help You Read Academic Text?
2. What Is the Process for Using Context Clues?
3. What Are the Most useful Context Clues?
4. Intelligent Use of the Dictionary
5. Using the Dictionary to Define Words
6. Word Structure: A Clue to Word Meaning

G. Strategies for Critical Reading and Thinking

1. Distinguishing Statements of Fact from Statements of Opinion
2. Recognizing Points of View
3. Reading to Make Inferences
4. Identifying Author's Style, Tone and Mood
5. Drawing Conclusions
6. Recognizing Faulty Reasoning

H. Strategies for Reading Visual Aids in Texts

1. What Are the Various Types of Visual Aids?
2. How Do Visual Aids Facilitate Comprehension?
3. Previewing Visuals
4. Noting Details
5. Making Inferences
6. Drawing Conclusions

I. Strategies for Active Listening and Notetaking

1. Becoming a Good Listener
2. Indicators of Positive Listening
3. Effective Notetaking from Books and Lectures
4. Notetaking Basics and Systems
5. Using Notes Effectively
6. Preparing Graphics from Lectures and Texts
7. Underlining and Marking Textbooks
A. Required Materials

1. Lewis, Jill. Handbook for Academic Literacy.  Lexington, Massachusetts: D.C. Health and Co., 1996.
2. Dictionary

Expectation of Student's Performance

1. Complete all tests and assignments with a total average of 80%.

2. Complete the Reading Skills section of the ASSET test.


Grades will be based on the total percent earned from the above criteria.

U.................................below 80%


Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at:

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 113. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

Fall 2010

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