Reading Connections 2
Term and Dates: Fall 2, 2013
Office Hours: Thursdays 2pm – 4pm
In this course you will read authentic material in a textbook with a focus on academic subjects, such as history or sociology, which you would find in any college or university. The class will focus on developing the important reading skills of finding the main ideas and supporting details, distinguishing fact from opinion, and increasing academic vocabulary.
- Required textbook: Mosaics 1: Reading, Silver Edition (Wegmann and Knezevic), 2012, Chapters 6-10. and packet of short stories
- Extensive Reading books
- Online Reading Materials
- University of Victoria English ELC Study Zone
- This Class Website & its Materials
- Other handouts from the teacher
The HELP Program emphasize active learning. Among the instructional methods used in this course are: pair and small group work and mini-presentations.
- 1. Increase reading rate, measured by timed readings’ chart
- 2. Recognize main ideas in longer modified and authentic materials, measured by textbook exercises, homework from the textbook, textbook tests or quizzes, and graded reading circle assignment
- 3. Demonstrate understanding of text organization to recognize main ideas and find specific pieces of information, measured by textbook exercises, homework from the textbook, textbook tests or quizzes, and graded reading circle assignment
- 4. Increase knowledge of academic vocabulary and guessing meaning by analyzing prefixes and suffixes, measured by vocabulary quizzes and Quizlet assignments
- 5. Summarize and paraphrase reading passages, measured by textbook exercises, homework from the textbook, textbook tests or quizzes, and graded reading circle assignment
- 6. Utilize higher order critical thinking skills to distinguish fact from opinion and to identify and make inferences, measured by textbook exercises, homework from the textbook, textbook tests or quizzes, and graded reading circle assignment
- Participation is 30%
- Reading Circles Work is 25%
- Vocabulary Study is 25%
- Other Assignments are 10%
- Smiling, Sleeping Well, & Eating a Healthy Diet is 10%
To advance to the next level, students must have the recommendation of all teachers based on fulfilling the outcomes above.
Attendance and English-Only Policies:
Remember that you signed an agreement to follow these policies when you entered HELP!
There are no excused absences from HELP classes. Any hour that you are not in class will be counted as an absence. This includes illness, TOEFL or other exams, religious services, visits from friends and relatives, etc. If you have more than five hours of absences in any one class, you will receive a letter of probation. If you have any additional absences, you receive a letter of imminent dismissal.
Please make every effort to be on time for every class. Your teacher keeps a record of each minute you are late. Your tardies my accumulate to one full class absence in the following ways:
- Three tardies equals one absence.
- If you are more than 30 minutes late to a class, either at the beginning or at the end, you will also receive one absence.
In order to ensure that students make the best use of their time at HELP, all students must speak, write, listen to, and read ONLY in English at school and on school activities.
Your Instructor is special:
Rick cares about you and wants for your education at HELP to be valuable and enjoyable. If you have questions, concerns, or worries of any kind about your studies in 332R, you must meet with Rick and communicate these feelings. Rick will do everything within his power to help you. He will work hard for you because he loves you. He is your friend now and always. If he can help you in any way with any other problems, please ask him.
Please sleep well and eat well! Your health is very important!