Critical Reading

Course Number: RD 115
Transcript Title: Critical Reading
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 16, 2015
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


Placement into RD 115

Course Description

Improves critical reading skills and strategies, critical thinking, and vocabulary development, through the analysis of diverse college-level texts. Prerequisites: Placement into RD 115. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Read independently for multiple purposes, including scholarly research (e.g. peer-reviewed journal articles, use of online scholarly databases, etc.).
  2. Read increasingly complex and diverse college-level texts using active analytical and critical reading skills.
  3. Use a variety of vocabulary-building strategies to discern the meaning of unfamiliar or discipline-specific words in increasingly complex college-level texts.
  4. Utilize reading strategies to monitor and enrich retention and comprehension of increasingly complex texts. 
  5. Demonstrate ability to critically examine and synthesize multiple texts (e.g. analysis, interpretation, inference, evaluation, explanation, and self-reflection).

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies may include: Written summaries, responses; Reading logs/ journals/ portfolios; Presentations; Quizzes; Graded homework; Small group projects; Discussion;  Oral reading; Conferences with instructor; Exams

Course Activities and Design

  • Book reports
  • Vocabulary quizzes
  • Comprehension  tests
  • Journaling
  • Reading strategy projects
  • Decoding analysis
  • Personal reflection
  • Discussion/seminar
  • Reading aloud
  • Written responses
  • In-class debates

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Analyzing scholarly research
  • Read for multiple purposes
  • Identify reading purpose and context
  • Accurate reading of college-levelĀ  texts
  • Annotation skills
  • Comprehension strategies
  • Self-monitoring
  • Text analysis and criticism
  • Managing implied or unstated information