Feb 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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RW 301 - Intermediate Academic Reading and Writing III

0 lecture hours 0 lab hours 0 credits

Course Description
The Upper-Intermediate Academic Reading and Writing I core course is the third of six integrated course sequence that develops needed academic skills within the context of different academic areas with built-in academic vocabulary workshops. The reading strand focuses on punctuation, predicting, finding the main idea and details, previewing, understanding parts of speech, marking a textbook, understanding pictures and captions, finding major sub-topics in main ideas, using opposites, and recognizing different styles of writing. The writing strand develops critical writing strategies such as expository compositions, compositions of analysis, comparison-contrast compositions, cause and effect compositions, and gathering supporting material. Thinking ahead, making inferences, synthesizing and applying information, charts, comparing and contrasting two work samples, determining point of view, identifying causes and effects and finding evidence are critical thinking strategies highlighted in this course. Test-taking strategies skills include finding details, guessing meaning from context, finding errors, editing a test essay, understanding parts of speech, understanding pronouns and applying information. This course is required for program completion. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Academic Reading 

  • Make inferences from academic and literary texts 
  • Use the punctuation of a sentence to deduce the meaning of new vocabulary
  • Skim a text for main idea and details 
  • Extract and organize ideas from texts in graphic organizers
  • Assess essential and non-essential new vocabulary in reading 
  • Determine an author’s point of view
  • Investigate and differentiate narrative intent in various academic and popular publications
  • Identify cause and effect in reading
  • Find evidence to support a writer’s theory
  • Interpret, summarize, and analyze different types of texts

Academic Writing 

  • Focus a topic sentence for scope and intent in paragraph writing
  • Write a strong expository paragraph
  • Craft strong analysis in writing 
  • Use graphic organizers to express comparison and contrast
  • Write a strong paragraph of comparison and contrast, incorporating relevant similarities and differences
  • Describe, explain, and illustrate cause and effect in written work
  • Group and synthesize material for written work    

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Katherine Toske

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