Syllabus

332R
Reading Connections 2

Term and Dates: Fall 2, 2013
Class Days and Time: M-Th 8:00am-9:00am/9:05am-10:05am
Instructor: Micah Pexa
Contact Information:
Email: pexa@hawaii.edu
Cell Phone: (808)450-6437
Facebook: Micah Pexa
Office: 13-4
Office hours: M-Th- 1:00pm-2:00pm or by appointment
Class Website:
Course Description:
In this course you will read authentic material in a textbook with a focus on academic subjects, such as history or sociology, which you would find in any college or university. The class will focus on developing the important reading skills of finding the main ideas and supporting details, distinguishing fact from opinion, and increasing academic vocabulary.

Course Materials:

Required textbook: Mosaics 1: Reading, Silver Edition (Wegmann and Knezevic), 2012, Chapters 6-10. and packet of short stories

Supplementary material:
• Reading Power Series: Pearson Longman
• Timed Readings: McGraw Hill
• Extensive Reading books
• Class website
• Other handouts from teacher

Instructional Methods:
The HELP Program emphasize active learning. Among the instructional methods used in this course are: pair and small group work and mini-presentations.

Course Outcomes:
1. Increase reading rate, measured by timed readings’ chart
2. Recognize main ideas in longer modified and authentic materials, measured by textbook exercises, homework from the textbook, textbook tests or quizzes, and graded reading circle assignment
3. Demonstrate understanding of text organization to recognize main ideas and find specific pieces of information, measured by textbook exercises, homework from the textbook, textbook tests or quizzes, and graded reading circle assignment
4. Increase knowledge of academic vocabulary and guessing meaning by analyzing prefixes and suffixes, measured by vocabulary quizzes and Quizlet assignments
5. Summarize and paraphrase reading passages, measured by textbook exercises, homework from the textbook, textbook tests or quizzes, and graded reading circle assignment
6. Utilize higher order critical thinking skills to distinguish fact from opinion and to identify and make inferences, measured by textbook exercises, homework from the textbook, textbook tests or quizzes, and graded reading circle assignment

Grading
Attendance and Participation 30%
Reading Circles 20%
Extensive Reading 15%
Unit Tests 15%
Vocabulary Quizzes 10%
Homework 10%
100%

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Advancing Policies
To advance to the next level, students must have the recommendation of all teachers based on fulfilling the following:
Cut and paste your level outcomes from the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) on Faculty Intranet
Attendance and English-Only Policies
Remember that you signed an agreement to follow these policies when you entered HELP!

Attendance
There are no excused absences from HELP classes. Any hour that you are not in class will be counted as an absence. This includes illness, TOEFL or other exams, religious services, visits from friends and relatives, etc. If you have more than five hours of absences in any one class, you will receive a letter of probation. If you have any additional absences, you receive a letter of imminent dismissal.

Tardiness
Please make every effort to be on time for every class. Your teacher keeps a record of each minute you are late. Your tardies my accumulate to one full class absence in the following ways:
• Three tardies equals one absence.
• If you are more than 30 minutes late to a class, either at the beginning or at the end, you will also receive one absence.
English-Only Policy
In order to ensure that students make the best use of their time at HELP, all students must speak, write, listen to, and read ONLY in English at school and on school activities.
In-Class Materials

• Binder/Handouts
• Notebook for class, pencil, pen, folder
• English Dictionary (paper or electronic)

Micah’s Class Rules

• Come to class everyday
• Be on time!
• Listen! Listen to the teacher and your classmates when they are talking
• Talk a lot in class
• Ask a lot of questions
• Have fun ☺

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