On one side of an index card, 1.What do you do best? 2.How did you get good at it? 3.How many hours in a week do you spend doing what you do best? 4.Were there times, at the beginning, when you were frustrated? 5.How did you handle the frustration? 6.How do you feel when you do what you do best?
On the other side of an index card, 1.What do you do best? Reading 2.How did do you get good at it? 3.How many hours in a week should do you spend doing what you do best reading ? 4.Were Will there be times, at the beginning, when you were are frustrated? 5.How did will you handle the frustration? 6.How do will you feel when you do what you reading is what you do best?
Break time 10 minutes http://www.online-stopwatch.com/full-screen-stopwatch/
All class presentations ( including this one) can be viewed or downloaded at: www.adaliareyna.com
Placement Reading 90- Accuplacer 61-77 or THEA 200-229 (or passing grade on reading 80) Reading 80- Accuplacer 44-60 or THEA 180-199 (or passing grade on reading 70) Reading 70 Accuplacer 0-43 or THEA 100-179
Determination of College Readiness Students will be determined to have met the College-Readiness Standard in the area of reading by either of the following methods: Scoring at or above the Placement Standard for college-level reading, on an approved assessment instrument. (THEA, Accuplacer, TAKS, ACT, or SAT) or Passing READ 90 with a “C” or better.
P Grade Policy: Students who pass a STC approved TSI placement test during the term may receive a grade of "P" for that course. A grade of "P" will count as a successful completion of the course, but it will not be included in calculating the current semester GPA. In order to be awarded a grade of "P," students must provide the instructor with official test scores demonstrating that they have met the passing standard. Students also have the option of completing the course and receiving a letter grade, which will be included in calculating the current semester GPA. Students are encouraged to continue attending the class and complete the course in order to be better prepared for college- level courses.
What you will need: A good dictionary 1-3 blue books Required textbook A novel – (to be discussed and announced) An e-mail account A folder with pockets to be used only for reading class (optional) Markers/ red pen Computer/ Internet Access
Required Textbooks Ten Steps to Advanced College Reading The Merriam Webster Dictionary
Things to Remember (rules) No ringing cellular phones, please No headphones or Bluetooth devices No texting during class (you will receive 1 warning, then if caught texting again, you will be asked to leave and will receive an absence for that class period and a zero for any work/tests occurring during that class time)
I will NOT accept late work—don’t even ask No make up tests will be given unless arrangements are made PRIOR to the test date. Your absences are your responsibility; I will not tell you what you missed unless you ask me. Agendas will be available on my website. (please do not ask for this information during class. My contact information is listed on the class syllabus and on my website). In order for an absence to considered excused, you must provide a valid doctor’s excuse with a phone number and date. If your excuse is deemed valid, then we can discuss possible ways to make up the work you missed.
NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED If you are absent from class on the day that an assignment is due, have someone drop it off for you, fax it, or e-mail it to me on the day that it is due. If you are absent from class on a day that homework is assigned, it is your responsibility to find out what that assignment is and turn in it on time. “But I was absent on that day” will not be accepted as an excuse for late work. No late work will be accepted. Agendas are available on my website.
Anyone with perfect attendance will be excused from the oral presentation required at the end of the semester! (not the final exam)
Journals (Blue Books) All students will be required to keep a journal. Your blue book will be your journal Journal writing will accompany the reading of a novel. Points earned from journals will be worth more than any other assignment or test… If you do not keep up with your journal, you will not pass this class. Instructions for journals will be given before the first set of entries are due. If you do not keep up with your journal, you will not pass this class
THEA Opportunity All 90 students who earn an “A” for the semester, will take the THEA in November free of charge This will present you with the opportunity to earn a P grade
Bring with you a printout of the syllabus Bring with you a copy of your transcript Email assignment All due by our next class meeting
Email Assignment (due before your next class meeting): Send me an email 3 paragraphs: – Tell me a little bit about yourself – Describe a negative reading experience you have had – Describe a positive reading experience you have had Please remember that you are not sending a text! This is a letter to your college instructor and should be written as such. Spelling should be checked and sentences should be complete. NO LOL or smiley faces. Capitalize all I’s when referring to yourself. Make sure to include your name and section number (the one that includes the W) in the subject line. If this information is not included, you will not receive a grade.