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. ( All students completing Reading 90 courses will be required to take the THEA, which will be offered as part of the course. )
THEA Opportunity 70 and 80 students earning an A for the semester (excluding extra credit), may be selected to take the THEA free of charge This will present you with the opportunity to skip one or more developmental reading classes. All reading 90 students are required to take the THEA at the end of the semester.
Combination course This is a combination course. All three levels of reading are taught simultaneously. Each group will cover the same reading objectives at different levels The general instruction is the same, with work and tests given at different reading levels. Each group will have their own textbook and will take different tests, including different finals
Introduce THEA objectives with PowerPoint/discussion Quiz over notes (often online) Practice (textbook homework, group work, TownsendPress.com) Objective test Pass: yay! Fail: Tutoring Vocabulary Words will come from read alouds and journals; Both teacher and student will contribute to list Student will keep a vocabulary booklet; there is no Vocabulary textbook Class PowerPoint contribution Each student contributes 2 words per week Vocabulary test each Friday JOURNALS
All class presentations ( including this one) can be viewed or downloaded at: www.adaliareyna.com
P Grade Policy: 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.
P Grade Policy (continued) : 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.
THEA vs. Accuplacer THEA 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 ACCUPLACER 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 $10 per test plus $15 sitting fee
What you will need: A good dictionary a folder with brads Required textbooks (1) A novel – (to be discussed and announced) Markers and/or a red pen An e-mail account Optional: hole puncher
Required Textbook for 0070 Ten Steps to Building College Reading Skills, 5 th ed
Required Textbook for 0080 Ten Steps to Advancing College Reading Skills, 5 th ed
Required Textbook for 0090 Ten Steps to Advanced Reading Skills
Things to remember: No ringing cellular phones, please No texting during class (you will receive only 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) All bags on the floor please 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)
Journals All students will be required to keep a 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 keep up with your journal, you will 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
Reading 0070/0080 grading procedure 85% classwork 15% Final exam Reading 0090 grading procedure 60% classwork 20% Final exam 20% THEA You can view your current detailed grades 24/7 on www.engrade.com
On line class requirements: www.engrade.com On line grade book Password protected Check your current average Check grades on individual assignments Look at the calendar of assignments and upcoming events View class files and information Send messages to your instructor Send messages to your fellow classmates Receive important messages from your instructor about grades, homework, and schedule changes www.adaliareyna.com Instructor website No password necessary Class daily agenda available for to view Easy links to useful resources Online dictionary All class PowerPoints available here for viewing or downloading Information aboutAccuplacer Instructor schedule and contact information available Information about final exam Class syllabus Lab instructions Links to authors www.townsendpress.com Texbook publisher’s website Password protected Graded practice Lab work Some graded homework Vocabulary practice Reading skills practice Final exam preparation