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EL CAMINO COLLEGE
ENGLISH 7
 SPEED AND POWER READING
COURSE SYLLABUS AND CALENDAR
(For On-Line & On-Campus Students)
 
INSTRUCTOR:  DR. DIANE GROSS
OFFICE:  H-32D
TELEPHONE:  310-660-3174
 
 

CATALOG DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed to increase reading speed and flexibility while improving comprehension and critical thinking ability. Systematic processes for logically and efficiently analyzing text are emphasized.  In addition, study skills, skimming and scanning techniques, and vocabulary development are included.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  1. To increase reading speed while improving comprehension
  2. To develop flexible approaches to reading tasks
  3. To develop vocabulary skills

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  1. Spiral-bound English 7 Reading Notebook (ECC Bookstore):
    1. Course Summary Sheet
    2. Reading Skills Progress Chart
    3. Course Syllabus & Calendar
    4. Computer Program Directions, Record Sheets & Glossary
    5. Daily Preview Summary Sheets
    6. Reading Skills - 1000-word Readings with Questions/Answers
    7. Four Short Stories with Questions
    8. Novelette & 40-Minute Novel Questions
    9. Answer Keys for Short Stories, Novelette & Novels
    10. Lecture-related Handouts - These are located in the back of the English 7 Reading Notebook and should be read in the order listed  on the upcoming "Tentative Outline of Assignments"  after the relevant class session is over.

      *Note:  You will be using your Spiral-bound English 7 Reading Notebook every session from now on.  Please purchase it immediately from the ECC bookstore.  This notebook is the critical document for the course.  It will contain all the work you do throughout the semester.  You will be required to hand in your completed notebook to me at the end of the semester.
  1. Computer Software:
    1. Ultimate Speed Reader by Davidson
    2. Ultimate Word Attack by Davidson

*The 2 programs themselves plus Demonstration Videos, which teach how to use the programs, are on reserve at ECC College Library.  They also 
can be accessed On-Campus at these locations:

       ECC-Communications 204lab & MCS 218/219 labs

        ECC-Library Basement LMTC labs    

  1. Novelette:  Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Bach  
  1. 40-Minute Novels:  
    1. Goodbye Mr. Chips by Hilton
    2. Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck

*Novelette and novels can be read On-Line or purchased @   http://www.amazon.com or
      http://www.barnesandnoble.com.
Novels may also be borrowed from ECC and local libraries or purchased through the ECC College Bookstore.

STUDENT EVALUATIONS:

1.  English 7 Reading Notebook
     a.  Course Summary Sheet
          1.  Standardized Reading Test Results
          2.  Vocabulary Quiz Results
          3.  Short Story Scores
          4.  Novelette & 40-Minute Novel Scores

    b.   Reading Skills Progress Chart

    c.   Computer Program Record Sheets

    d.   Daily Preview Summary Sheets

SEMESTER UNITS:   3  (Credit/No Credit)

This course is transferable and satisfies the ECC Communications and Analytical Thinking requirement for the A.A. and A.S degrees.  Additionally, English 7 satisfies the English 2R prerequisite requirement for  English 1A.

TENTATIVE OUTLINE OF ASSIGNMENTS

The following outline will give you an idea of the scope and pace of this course. Some assignments may be changed as the semester continues.

Week: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  


MONDAYS/TUESDAYS


WEDNESDAYS/THURSDAYS

WEEK 1


*On-Line students & on-campus students must attend this first class on campus

Introductory Lecture (all students):
   "Welcome/CourseOverview"
      Syllabus/Assignments
      Computer Lab
      English 2R Credit

On-Liners only:

"Orientation Booklets for Online
  Students"        
      
Nelson Denny Reading Test 
        


Lecture 1:  "Time-Spaced
    Learning"

Handout #1:  "Theory of Time-Spaced Learning"

Nelson Denny Reading Test
     
(On-Campus Students)

 

WEEK 2


*ON-CAMPUS STUDENTS ONLY

Untimed Reading Test


Course Summary Sheet

*Lecture 2:  "Mechanical
    Reading Skills" (SRA
    Accelerator)

Notebook:  "Mechanics of
    Reading"  pp. 12-13

Handout #2:  "Subvocalization-
     Barrier to Reading Speed"

WEEK 3


*Lecture 3
:  "Cognitive
     Reading Skills" 

Notebook:  "Adult Silent
     Reading"  pp. 14-15

Notebook:  "Directions for 
    Practice Readings" 
       pp. 16-18

   * Preview summary 
assignment begins here & continues 5X weekly


Lecture 3
:  con't 

WEEK 4

 


Lecture 4:  "Introduction to
    Baker, Reading Skills

Reading Skills, Chapter 1,
    "Keeping Up with the
      Stream"


Lecture 5: "Introduction to
    the Short Story" 

Short Story #1:  "The Love
     Powder"

*Short Story, Novelette & Novel
    Lists and Answer Keys

WEEK 5


Lecture 6:  "Vocabulary-
    Prefixes  & Roots"

Introduce:  Ultimate Word
                  Attack 
    (Directions,Record 
      Sheets, Glossary)

Handout #3: "Key to 100,000
                   Words"

Links:
    1.  Vocabulary Software
    2.  Vocab.Resources
         On-line


Review:  Ultimate Word
   Attack

Computer Assignment:
    Word Attack:  Prefixes 1
                      

Notes:

1.  Detailed program directions are included in English 7 Notebooks

2.  Demonstration video is on reserve in ECC library

 

WEEK 6


Lecture 7:  "More About
                   Baker"

Reading Skills
, Chapter 2, 
    "Figuring Out Your
     Reading  Rate"

Lecture 8:  "More About
     Short Stories"

Short Story #2:  "The
     Tell-Tale Heart"

Computer Assignment:
    Word Attack:  Words 1
                    

WEEK 7


Lecture 9:  "Environmental
     Variables that Impact
      Reading."

Reading Skills
, Chapter 3, 
    "Shaping Up"

Lecture 10: "Remediating Eye
     Movements Via Short
     Stories"

Short Story #3:
    "Dr. Heidegger's
      Experiment"


Library LMTC Orientation 
    (On-Campus students only)

Computer Assignment:
   Word Attack: Review
    Prefixes 1 & Words 1
                        

WEEK 8


Lecture 11: "All About
     Peripheral Vision"

Reading Skills, Chapter 4, 
    "Moving Your Eyes"

Handout #4:  "Eye
      Movements"

MID-TERM
 (On-Campus students only)


"Early Alert"
  Conferences/Teleconferences

Vocabulary Quiz #1:
    Word Attack: Prefixes 1 &
                        Words 1
                     

*The Vocabulary quizzes are available On-Line for On-Line students only; On-Campus students take them in class

Computer Assignment:
     Word Attack:  Prefixes 2
                   

WEEK 9


Lecture 12:  "Reading Rate-
    Accelerating Software"

Introduce:  Ultimate Speed
                  Reader
    (Directions & Record
     Sheets)

Links: 
Reading Comprehension Software


Review: Ultimate Speed
    Reader

Computer Assignments:

    Ultimate Speed: Lesson 1
         (Activities 1, 2, 3) 

 Notes:
 
1.  Detailed program directions are included in English 7 Notebooks

2.  Demonstration video is on reserve in ECC library

WEEK 10

 


Lecture 13:  "A Final Word
    on Short Stories"

Short Story #4:  "The
     Adventure of the Speckled
     Band"


Introduce:  Modified Preview
   Directions-Ultimate Speed

Computer Assignments:
 
Ultimate Speed:  Lesson 1
         (Activities 4, 5, 6)

   Word Attack:  Words 4
                   

WEEK 11


Lecture 14:  "Reading
     Flexibility & Critical
     Reading"

Reading Skills, Chapter 5,
    "Shifting Gears"

Links:
    "Critical Reading
      Resources
"


Computer Assignments:
 
Ultimate Speed:  Lesson 2
         (Activities 1, 2, 3)
  

   Word Attack:  Review
        Prefixes 2 & Words 4
                  
    

WEEK 12


Lecture 15:  "Skimming &
    Scanning"

Reading Skills, Chapter 6,
    "Skimming Along"

Handout #5:  "Scanning for
     Your Astrological
      Forecast"



Vocabulary Quiz #2:
    Word Attack: Prefixes 2 &
                         Words 4
                        

Computer Assignments:
 
Ultimate Speed:  Lesson 2
         (Activities 4, 5, 6)    

   Word Attack:  Prefixes 3
                  

WEEK 13


Lecture 16:  "Previewing the
    Novelette & Novel" 
      (5-page-block method)

Novelette:  Jonathan
     Livingston  Seagull

Links:  Books On-Line


Computer Assignments:

   Ultimate Speed:  Lesson 3
         (Activities 1, 2, 3)   

   Word Attack:  Words 7
                  

   

WEEK 14

 


Lecture 17:  "Introduction to
   the 40-Minute Novel"

40-Minute Novel #1:
    Goodbye Mr. Chips





Lecture 18: "More About the
   40-Minute Novel"

40-Minute Novel #2:
    Of Mice and Men

Vocabulary Quiz #3:
    Word Attack: Prefixes 3 &
                        Words 7

Computer Assignments:
  
Ultimate Speed:  Lesson 3
         (Activities 4, 5, 6)

               

    

WEEK 15
 

On-Campus session for all students!

READING NOTEBOOKS DUE (for  both On-Campus & On-Line students)

READING COMPREHENSION FINALS-Timed & Untimed
   (for both On-Campus &
     On-Line students)


Lecture 19: "Post-English 7
   Reading Recommendations"
    (Booklists)

Handouts #6 & #7:

    "A Select Bibliography
    of the World's Great
     Literature"
     
    "A Shorter Listing of Basic
     Books"


                         

    

WEEK 16

 



FINAL CONFERENCES (Grades will be posted for On-Line students in WebBoard, "Grades")


 

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