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Read 46 – Vasquez -

Cerro Coso Community College

Fall 2010

Instructor: Prof. Vasquez Contact:

Course: 70503 (M/W 10:20am-12:25pm) Office: 317C

Student Contact Hours: (Meets in LRC –upstairs) Phone: 760/384-6162

1st & 3rd M 3:00-5:00 pm;

2nd & 4th M 1:00-3:00 pm; T/R 10:00-11:00 and 5:00-6:00

and by appointment

“Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you

give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who

has read perhaps three and you give me a dangerous enemy indeed.”

- Anne Rice, The Witching Hour

Read C046: Improving Reading Skills

Prerequisite: Read C036 or level 3 reading

Course Description:

In Read 46 students will learn to analyze paragraphs and essays for stated and unstated main ideas, identify supporting material, distinguish patterns of organization, recognize words and phrases that show relationships of ideas, make reasonable inferences, and draw logical conclusions.

Required Tests and Materials (“Required” means “Not optional”)

Lyn Quitman Troyka and Joseph Wayne Thweatt’s Structured Reading 7th ed.

Various reading handouts (instructor provided)

Sherrie L. Nist’ and Carole Mohr’s Improving Vocabulary Skills

Alicia Appleman-Jurman’s Alicia: My Story ISBN: 0-8335-5419-0

A college level dictionary

All students must have their own textbooks. The vocabulary book is a workbook and you will be tearing pages out and turning them in. Please have textbooks by second class meeting. If you are waiting on financial aide or other financial means, please talk with the instructor. You are responsible for having all work completed on time. Please come to class prepared to work, with pens, pencils, highlighter, dictionary, and extra 8½ x 11 paper (with clean edges) to every class meeting. All formal out-of-class work must be typed. All formal in-class work must be written in blue or black ink only on white lined paper with clean edges.

What will I know how to do when I successfully complete this course? (SLOs):

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Analyze structure, transition, inferences, and purpose and tone in longer, pre-collegiate-level essays, poems, and novels.

  2. Identify patterns of organization and mixed patterns of organization in pre-collegiate level essays, poems, and novels.

  3. Read actively by making marginal notes and marking items for use in summarizing and responding to a text.

  4. Demonstrate increased advanced level pre-collegiate vocabulary.

  5. Employ at least three learning skills such as goal setting, time management, and test preparation.

  6. Employ learning skills that promote academic success, including balancing life, work, and school.

Attendance and Class Participation Policy:

Simply put – when class is scheduled, you are here. Since students who miss class regularly also miss crucial instruction necessary to pass this class, attendance is required, not optional. Furthermore, since we only meet for four hours per week, please schedule all doctor, dentist, counseling, and other appointments outside of class time. Please be on time for class and stay for the duration of the class.

  • Withdrawal/Drop Policy: Notice that the drop and withdrawal deadlines for the semester are clearly stated in the schedule of classes. I do not bear the responsibility of doing the paperwork to drop you. If you stop coming to class and/or decide to drop, you must remove yourself from the roster. Every semester I am forced to issue an “F” to students who dropped the class but never officially withdrew from the course.

  • Additionally, although I understand that many community college students have jobs outside of school (indeed, many students need to work), work is neither a legitimate nor excused absence. You have made a commitment to be here twice a week for 16 weeks. I expect you to take that commitment seriously and make your education a top priority.

  • Please schedule doctor, counseling, and other appointments outside of class time.

What’s the Read 46 workload like?

It can be very intense.

You’ll stay busy because

  • You’ll be working in a number of sites: the classroom, the LRC, the textbook, and at home.

  • You will always have homework. Homework will be a combination of reading and writing.

Quizzes, Vocabulary Tests, Midterms and Final Exam:

There will be several quizzes throughout the semester. Quizzes are given at the beginning of class. If you arrive late, you do not get extra time to finish. There will be four vocabulary tests, a midterm and a final. Each test will include material we have covered in lecture, class workshops, the textbook, reading, vocabulary, and homework. Specific dates are on the tentative schedule.

Homework – Due Dates – and what’s the policy for late work?

All assigned work – textbook assignments, thought pieces, vocabulary assignments and other assigned work – is due by five minutes after the start of class. There are many reasons – some legitimate – for work arriving late, but there are also consequences. Late work, as defined by this class, is any work turned in after 10:25am. Work turned in after 10:25 will be considered one day late. Late papers lose 5% off the grade for every 24 hours it is late (not class days – 24 hour days. 10:26 on the day an assignment is due begins the first 24 hours. There are no exceptions. Quizzes are given at the beginning of class and may not be made up. You cannot take it at the end of class if you come in late, nor can you reschedule. If you must miss an exam, you can reschedule if and only if you contact me and talk to me personally in advance and make arrangements. An email or phone call on the day of the test is not acceptable. Rescheduled tests will include an essay portion. Please plan to be in class on the day of a test. Final exam cannot be rescheduled. Additionally, late papers receive a grade only, no comments.

Office Visits, E-mails, and Phone Messages: – Please feel free to drop by my office at any time and/or to email me with any questions you have regarding the class. In person, where we can communicate freely is the best way to work, but I know that is not always possible, so you can also email or call me. I check and respond to e-mails everyday Monday through Friday, occasionally on Saturday, never on Sunday. I will also be happy to help you work through a reading, and any ideas you have for writing, help you revise your work, and or give you ideas for improvement. Please turn in hard copies of assignments when asked for. Do not email your homework to me and ask me to print it because you do not have access to a printer. The learning Center and/or library have printers available for your use.

Be aware that I check phone messages only when I am on campus (M-R), so the best way to reach me is through email. If you call, make sure you leave a number – one that can be clearly heard and understood.

When you send an email, the subject line should be as follows: Read 46, Your Name, Topic

  • This makes it easy for my email program to sort messages into the correct folder.

  • Your Name would be . . . yes, YOUR NAME!! Not the words, but the actual name you go by. Don’t laugh. I have had students who actually put “Your Name” in their email subject lines!

  • Topic: is the subject you are writing about. That lets me see at a glance what you need (question on paper, help with format, etc.). If it is important, also include something like “HELP” or “PANIC” or “ARGHHHHH.”

So, your subject line might look something like this:

Read 46 Janet Parker, Question about first quiz

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please use and check your college email frequently. I sometimes send email messages to the entire class and this is the email I will send it to. You are responsible for getting and following all email communication.

Please Be Considerate. This is an excuse-free workplace:

Remember to take responsibility for your decisions. This includes coming to class on time, staying for the duration of the class, and turning in each and every assignment when it is due. If you choose not to, for whatever reason, you will have to live the consequences of your choice.

Please keep two concepts in mind: respect and consideration. Please respect others’ personal property and intellectual property – don’t touch what they own and don’t ridicule what they think. You are not required to be here. You are here because you choose to be. Your peers in class have also made that choice, and like you, are spending their hard-earned money. No person in this classroom has the right to interfere with another’s right to an education. Excessive disruptions or disturbances will be cause for a student’s removal from the course.

PLEASE: Turn off cell phones and leave them off for the duration of the class. Students who use their phones in class will be removed from the class and marked absent for the day. A second offense may mean removal from the course. Same goes for headphones and iPods – put them away – do not wear/use them in class.

Academic Integrity:

Hmmm. . . what’s that mean? It’s plagiarism, or intellectual theft. Any student who plagiarizes in any form, intentionally or unintentionally by

  • Getting outside, unacknowledged help from a family member, friend, boy- or girlfriend, tutor, or instructor,

  • Copying language from another written source word for word without quotations marks and/or citing the source,

  • Putting his or her name on someone else’s paper and handing it in, and/or

  • “borrowing” an instructor’s words or ideas

Will receive an automatic F on the assignment which may lead to failing a class. Plagiarism is serious and so are its consequences. It’s just not worth the risk! Do your own work!!!


By using you will always know where you stand in the class. You can check your grade on individual assignments and find your overall grade at any time. Grades will be based on the following point totals:

10 Thought Pieces 20 points each 200

2 Formal Papers 100 points each 200

10 Quizzes 10 points each 100

24 Homework (vocab chapters) 10 points each 240

In-class work/participation* (various) 260

and other homework

Midterm 150 150

4 Vocabulary Unit Tests 100 points each 400

4 vocabulary Tests 100 points each 400

Novel Packet (includes various activities)

Packet includes:

5 quizzes 20 points each 100

2 Maps @ 50 points each 100

Homework/various @ 20 points each 100

5 In-class Writings 10 points each 50

Final Exam 200 points 200

(May include group presentation)


* Exact point totals may change based on actual work assigned.

The points are averaged on a standard 100 percentile scoring. I do not grade on a curve. I do not give extra credit. Each individual student earns his/her own grade.

2250 - 2500 (90 – 100%) A

2000 - 2249 (80 – 89%) B

1750 - 1999 (70 – 79%) C

1500 - 1749 (60 – 69%) D

0 – 1499 ( 0 – 59%) F

Special Assistance:

**If you will be working with Disabled Students Programs & Services, or have any special challenges that will affect your participation and progress in class, you are responsible or informing the instructor as soon as possible.

Questions, Questions, Questions???:

If at any time during the class you do not understand a concept we have covered, please ask. I will do my best to make everything covered in lecture and in the readings as clear and understandable as possible and I actually mean for everyone to understand everything. This means that you have the right, indeed the obligation to question, ask, and argue for clarification at any point. If there is something you do not understand, please raise the question in class since chances are if you do not understand something there are probably other students in class who are struggling with the same concept. If you still don’t understand, ask me before or after class, e-mail, call me or do all four!! Don’t just let things that aren’t clear to you slide by. Remember, I cannot help you if you do not let me know you are struggling. I stronglyvery strongly – encourage everyone to bring a draft of their formal papers by my office before they are due – give yourself enough time to revise. One more thing: while most of you will progress well in your understanding of this course’s content, you may find that you are receiving grades below what you expect. A significant cause of this results from the fact that you are not fully appreciating the assignments and/or rubrics. Please make sure that you know and follow what the assignment requires. Check out the rubric before constructing your answers. Now, relax, stock up on chocolate, ice cream, and a big bag of M&M’s (to assuage your guilt, just tell yourself that they are for Halloween), relax, and enjoy the ride. Prof. V

I reserve the right to revise and modify this syllabus and the attached schedule as necessary.

Tentative Schedule – Read 46: Fall 2010

*All readings and written assignments should be completed on the dates indicated. While I expect the actual weekly assignments for the course to approximate closely the following list, additional readings, handouts, exercises, and homework assignments may be added. If you have to miss a class, do not assume that we’ll be doing exactly what this list promises the following class meeting: e-mail me or get in touch with a colleague in class to be sure you know what you are responsible for. (Better yet, avoid missing any classes!!!)

** Even though “Vocabulary” will not be listed each day on the schedule below, we will devote the first few minutes of each class to review vocabulary homework from the Improving Vocabulary Skills workbook.

Week Date In-class Assignments Homework


23 August

25 August


What to expect from Read 46? What do I have to do?

Successful Strategies

Reviewing Vocabulary

Skills for reading

Using a Dictionary / Bring Dictionary to Class

Vocab: Unit 1, chapter 1

Troyka: Read chapters 1-3

Bring dictionary on Mon.

Vocab: chapter 2

Troyka: chaptrs 5, 6 (all activities)

Meet in LRC 710


30 August

1 September

Class meets in LRC 710 today

MLA format for papers

Improving Vocabulary

Central Theme and Main Idea

“A Real Loss”

Major details / Outlining

Vocab: chapter 3

Troyka: chapters 7, 8

Read: Selection 1

Vocab: chapter 4

Read: chapters 9, 10 and Selection 2 & 4


6 September

8 September


Maps, Outlines, Inferences

“Tyranny of Weakness”

“Darkness at Noon”

Vocab: chapter 5

Read: Faulkner (handout)

Thought Piece (TP) 1


13 September

15 September

“A Rose for Emily” / TP 1 Due

William Faulkner

“Lot’s Wife” - Kristine Batey

Vocab: chapter

Read Batey and Genesis passage (handouts)

Vocab: Unit 1 crossword and tests 1-4 (due on Monday)

Read: Chapman (handout)

TP 2


20 September

22 September

Vocabulary Test 1

“The Prisoner’s Dilemma” / TP 2 due

Stephen Chapman

Chapman (continued)

“Violent Crime” / TP 3 due

D. Stanley Eitzen

Vocab: chapter 7

Read: Eitzen (handout) / TP 3

Vocab: chapter 8

TP 4 – Chapman and Eitzen


27 September

29 September

Working with Chapman and Eitzen / TP 4 due

Paper 1 assigned

Writing Academic Responses and Essays

“A Personal Stress Survival Guide in An Invitation to Health

Dianne Hales

Vocab: chapter 9

Work on paper 1

Read Selection 28

Vocab: chapter 10

Work on paper 1

Read: Shepherd (handout) TP 5

Bring draft of paper 1 to class


4 October

6 October

“Lost at C” / TP 5 due

Jan Shepherd

“Forty Acres and a Holiday” Lisa Jones

“My Mother’s Blue Bowl” Alice Walker

Vocab: chapter 11

Read: Selections 16 & 17

Vocab: chapter 12

Finish paper 1


11 October

13 October

Paper 1 due

Vocabulary Review

Selection 22 – (In-class reading and assignments)

Vocabulary Test 2/ TP 6 due

“Claiming an Education” Adrianne Rich

Main Idea / supporting Ideas

Vocab: Unit 2 crossword and tests 1-4

Read: Rich (handout) / TP 6

Vocab: chapter 13

Read: Palmer (handout) TP 7


18 October

20 October

“The Community of Truth” Parker Palmer TP 7 Due

Main idea / supporting ideas

“Virtual Virtues: Reflections on Academic Integrity in the Age of the Internet” Lawrence Hinman TP 8 due

Calvin and Hobbs – Bill Watterson

Vocab: chapter 14

Read: Hinman (handout) TP 8

Vocab: chapter 15

READ: McCabe and Kelbe Trevino (handout) / TP 9


25 October

27 October

“”Honesty and Honor Codes / TP 9 due

Donald McCabe and Linda Klebe Trevino

Paper 2 assigned

“Does Watching Sex on Television Influence Teens’ Sexual Activity” Rebecca Collins et al.

“Filling Their Minds with Death: TV Violence and Children” Ron Kaufman / TP 10 due

Vocab: chapter 16

Read: Collins, et al., and Kaufman (handout) TP 10

Vocab: chapter 17 & 18

Work on paper 2

Read: De Moraes, Doherty, and Rhodes (handout) – answer questions


1 November

3 November

“Television More Oversexed Than Ever, Study Finds” Lisa DeMoraes

“Cultural Studies and ‘Forensic Noir’” Thomas Doherty

“Hollow Claims about Fantasy Violence” Richard Rhodes

Paper 2 Due

Vocabulary Test 3

Background on the Holocaust

Vocab: Unit 3 crossword and tests 1-4

Vocab: chapter 19

Read: Alicia chapters 1-9 /

Map 1


8 November

10 November

Novel Quiz 1

Alicia: My Story Map 1 due

Alicia Appleman-Jurman

In-class activities and writing

Alicia: My Story – Questions due

In-class activity and writing

Vocab: chapter 20

Read: Alicia chapter 10

Answer questions

Vocab: chapter 21

Read: Alicia, chapters 11-14

Map 2


15 November

17 November

Novel Quiz 2

Alicia: My Story Map 2 due

In-class activities and writing

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (movie)

Alicia: My Story – Questions due

In-class activities – final group prep time

Courageous Heart (continued)

Vocab: chapter 22

Read: Alicia chapter 15

Answer questions

Vocab: chapter 23

Read: Alicia, chapters 16-19

Answer questions


22 November

24 November

Novel Quiz 3

Alicia: My Story – Questions due

The Hiding Place (movie)

Alicia: My Story – Homework due

The Hiding Place (continued)

Vocab: chapter 24

Read: Alicia, chapter 20

Making connections

Vocab: unit 4 crossword and tests 1-4

Read: Alicia, chapter 21 – end

Homework TBD


29 November

1 December

Alicia: My Story – Homework due

In-class activity and writing

Vocabulary Test 4



Prepare for final exam presentation – Attendance required (presenting or not!)

Prepare for final exam presentation – Attendance required (presenting or not!)






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