Learning Outcomes

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The content, assignments, and assessments for Basic Reading and Writing are aligned to the learning outcomes below. Click here for a more detailed list of outcomes.

Chapter 1: Success Skills

Define and evaluate college success skills

  • Identify and practice habits for success
  • Identify and apply critical thinking skills
  • Analyze time management practices
  • Define successful approaches toward college-level writing tasks
  • Apply word-processing skills to college writing tasks

Module 2: Critical Reading

Identify critical reading strategies

  • Identify and differentiate between different types of texts
  • Identify reading strategies for academic texts
  • Identify specialized reading strategies for specific types of texts, including content in disciplines and visual information
  • Identify techniques for strengthening vocabulary
  • Identify thesis statements in texts
  • Identify supporting claims in texts
  • Identify logic and structure in texts
  • Identify summary strategies for reading comprehension

Module 3: Writing Process

Approach writing as a “process”

  • Identify topic selection activities
  • Identify prewriting activities
  • Identify activities to find evidence in support of a claim
  • Identify essay organizational techniques
  • Identify drafting activities
  • Identify revision activities
  • Identify proofreading activities

Module 4: Research Process

Identify the components of the research process

  • Identify preliminary, intermediate, and advanced search techniques
  • Identify methods of analysis to assess the quality and reliability of a source
  • Identify issues of plagiarism and academic dishonesty
  • Identify MLA document formatting and citation practices

Module 5: Grammar

Identify patterns of academic grammar and usage

  • Identify the function of nouns and different noun types
  • Identify the function and structure of pronouns
  • Identify verb types and their correction conjugation
  • Identify adjectives, adverbs, and the differences between the two
  • Identify the function other parts of speech, including conjunctions, prepositions, and articles
  • Identify common punctuation marks and the rules for their correct usage
  • Identify common sentence types and common errors in sentence composition
  • Identify the active and passive voices, as well as the reasons to use both