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. ( All students completing Reading 90 courses will be required to take the THEA, which will be offered as part of the course. )
Students who pass a STC approved TSI placement test during the term and are passing their corresponding developmental course 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.
Note: P grades are not awarded automatically. It is important that you bring to your instructor a P Grade form signed by the Retention Specialist before you are awarded the P grade.
Paper/pencil test 7 long selections with 6 questions each A total of 42 questions Tests 6 different reading objectives Results arrive about 2 weeks after taking the test Cost is $29 plus $15 sitting fee Computer test Very short selections (about 4 sentences each) with very high level questions A total of 20 questions Tests 3 major reading objectives Results are given immediately after taking the test Cost is $29 plus $15 sitting fee THEA ACCUPLACER
A good dictionary 1-3 blue books Required textbooks (2) A pack of index cards (recommend 4x6, but any size will do)—any color A novel – (to be discussed and announced) An e-mail account A 1 or 2in / 3 ring binder with pockets and dividers to be used only for reading class (optional) Markers/ red pen Hole puncher (optional)
Ten Steps to Improving College Reading Skills, 5 th ed Improving Vocabulary Skills, 4th ed
Things to remember: No ringing cellular phones, please 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) Read everyday No make up tests will be given unless arrangements are made PRIOR to the test date. I will NOT accept late work—don’t even ask Your absences are your responsibility; I will not tell you what you missed unless you ask me (please do not ask for this information during class. My contact information is listed on the class syllabus).
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. Late work will not be accepted. 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. Please, no gum chewing
Anyone with perfect attendance will be excused from the oral presentation required at the end of the semester! (not the final exam)
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
70 and 80 students earning an A for the semester (excluding extra credit), may be selected to take the THEA in April free of charge This will present you with the opportunity to skip one or more developmental reading classes.
880% classwork 55% final class project 115% Final exam ClassworkFINAL Exam Final project
Send me an email explaining to me why you think you did not pass the reading section of the Accuplacer or THEA., What you are planning to do in order to be successful in this course, and What you anticipate your letter grade will be at the end of the semester 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. 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.