Instructor: Wendy Pickering
Office Location: C 227 B
Office Phone: 425-564-3143
Office Hours: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Read & React emphasizes the kind of reading that you will encounter in academic classes at an American college or university. The intent of the class is to prepare you for academic success by building on the reading skills you acquired in the lower levels and analyzing a variety of subjects with longer readings. You will also read for pleasure and engage in sustained reading of a single broad subject. The course will include written responses to and discussion of various readings.
When the course is finished, students should be able to:
confirm or revise predictions made prior to reading a passage.
draw conclusions and make inferences from a reading.
· identify the author’s point of view in a reading
· analyze fiction through identification of plot, character, setting, theme style, tone and language.
· analyze non-fiction by recognizing rhetorical organization, types of support, style, tone and language.
· respond appropriately to questions about reading.
· express and opinion relevant to the content of a passage.
· support views with reasons and evidence
· extend and/or apply the ideas expressed in a reading to other situations.
· summarize and paraphrase a reading.
· identify significant similarities and differences between situations, characters, and outcomes.
· synthesize information to create ideas and opinions.
· recognize one’s own biases and values and acknowledge the perspectives of others.
· use evidence and logic to questions and analyze information.
· find specific materials in the library and online
· evaluate the quality of internet resources for authority, objectivity, accuracy, currency.
· cite sources using MLA format.
Ten Steps to Advanced Reading, by John Langan
The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
A 3-ring binder for keeping and organizing the materials for this class.
An English-English Dictionary
NOTE: No used textbooks or books with answers in them will be allowed.
GRADED WORK AND FINAL GRADES
You must achieve 75% or higher to pass this class. Your grade will be based on scores on quizzes and tests, your presentations, your written work and homework assignments, and on your activity and participation in class:
Participation, Attitude and Effort 10%
Reading and Vocabulary Tests 40%
Homework Assignments 30%
Grading Scale: A = 93 – 100
B = 84 – 92
C = 75 - 83
D = 70 – 74 (Repeat class; good effort)
F = 0 – 70 (Repeat class; poor effort)
EXPECTATIONS FOR CLASS CONDUCT
Plagiarism and Cheating
Students are in ELI classes to learn English and ELI teachers are here to help them. Cheating makes that harder for both the students and the teachers. There are different kinds of cheating: plagiarism, “borrowing” a classmate’s homework (partially or wholly), using an essay or a presentation from a previous quarter, using “cheat notes,” and copying answers from classmates’ papers during tests.
Plagiarism is using someone else’s words or ideas as your own in both writing and oral presentations. It is cheating and is not acceptable in American classes.
Examples of plagiarism are:
· Copying from a Web page, book or article
· Buying papers
· Copying from another student
· Using a friend’s paper from a previous quarter
If you plagiarize:
· First time: your teacher will work with you so that you understand what not to do
· Second time: Fail the assignment
· Third time: Fail the class and be reported to the Associate
Dean of Student Services. Possibly be asked to leave the school.
Students With Special Needs
If you require accommodation based on a documented disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation, please make an appointment with DRC (Disability Resource Center). If you would like to inquire about becoming a DRC student, you may call 425-564-2498 or go in person to the DRC program office in B 132.
Students with mobility challenges who may need assistance in case of an emergency situation or evacuation should register with Disability Support Services, or review those needs with the instructor as well.
Read Your Way to Success!