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Professor Gair's Classes- Valencia College - Documents posted here will include the course syllabus, possibly some handouts, assignments, helpful worksheets and web links to reinforce your reading skills.  Questions about class assignments can be submitted to me by e-mail at rgair@mail.valenciacollege.edu.  Please make sure you put a topic in the message and indicate your full name (first and last) and which class you are in so I can identify you.  I will do my best to respond to your question in a timely manner.  Most of the documents will be posted in either  Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word format.

Syllabi, Tentative Weekly Schedules, Paperback Book Study & Assignment Guides- Click to download in Adobe Reader.
for REA 007 & REA 017)
REA 007 Syllabus & Weekly Schedule-Summer 2013
REA 007 Study & Assignment Guide for "The Story of Blima"
REA 017 Syllabus & Schedule
REA 017 Study & Assignment Guide for "Night"
Purpose-Tone-Value Word Study List for REA 007 & 0017

**** REA 017- STUDY GUIDE PACKET (All Chapters- Great for Exit Exam)****
IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL PORTFOLIO BINDER CONTENTS MUST BE TURNED IN AS PART OF THE FINAL EXAM.  KEEP ALL COMPLETED WORK STORED IN THE CORRECT TABBED SECTION.  FAILURE TO TURN IN ALL THE CONTENTS WILL RESULT IN F IN THE COURSE.

Handouts
Remember the required handouts packet can be printed from WebCT or purchased in the bookstore here on East Campus.  Have it class at all times.
Metacognition Worksheet (You may need one of these a week before every announced test. I will let you know.)

Addendum To Syllabi:
Cell Phones-
If a cell phone goes off in class you will receive a zero for that class period as noted in your syllabus AND you will also lose 5 points from your next chapter test!  If it rings during a test you will fail the test and may be asked to leave. This also applies to texting in class. Leaving class to answer it will result in 10 points deduction from the next chapter test!

Supplies- You must have two different colored highlighters with you in class at all times!

Reading Skills Practice Sites- Each section below has links that will help you improve your  skills in each chapter in our course textbook.  It is important that you bookmark this page, as I may assign some of the
links as we do each chapter.

Career-Life Map Resources (& Extra Credit Assignments)

Need some extra points to boost your average?   Here's a series of  assignments that you can do obtain a score equal to taking an extra unit test.  The finished product must be exactly as the directions state and handed in NO LATER THAN the first class of WEEK 10 of the semester.  Do all 3 and score 100 points as an additional LAB grade!

Learning Styles Survey- After taking this survey, go to the next link and click on the left box that says "Make Your Learning Style Work for You".  Find your learning style and copy the list of methods that will work best for you. (50 points)

Making Your Learning Style Work for You

Go to Livecareer.Com and take the "Free Career Test" survey (100 questions) to find out which career fields are right for you. When you get to the bar graph page, "Basic Interest Scores", print it out and hand it in. (If you don't want to share personal information when filling out the application, use an 'alias'.) (25 points)

Once you have chosen your career field from the survey above, go to O*NET Resource Center . Next click "Find Occupations". At the right, use the pull-down menu under "Browse by Job Family" to choose a job description.  After looking at a few of these jobs, choose the one you like best.  Print it out and hand it in. (25 points)

Thanks to Professor Fennessy's (West Campus) web site for these links and assignment idea!

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Miami-Dade Reading Department Practice Links

Links For Text Chapter Skills Practice

Skill:  How We Learn
1- Learning Styles
2- Learning Styles Chart

3- Learning Styles Questionnaire
4- New Students - New Learning Styles

Skill:  Test Taking & Study Skills
1- Study Skills Test Taking
2- Test Taking Strategies
3- Test Taking Tips - Study Skills

4- Preparing for an Exam
5- SQ3R

Skill:  Vocabulary
1- Guessing Vocabulary via Context Clues
2- Word Parts
3- Common Word Roots
4- Word Roots and Prefixes
5- Greek and Latin Root Words
6- Pulp Friction Vocabulary in Context
7- Vocabulary Skills-Context Clues

Skill: Identifying Topic, Main Idea, Details
1- Finding the Main Idea
2- Reading Tips for Main Idea
3- Identifying Topics, Main Ideas, and Supporting Details
4- Locating Main Ideas
5- Identifying Topic, Main Idea, Supporting Details

6. Thesis Statement Review

Skill: Supporting Details
1- Major Details

2- Identify Supporting Details
3- Identifying Topics, Main Ideas, and Supporting Details

4- Identifying Supporting Details Practice Activity
5- Reading for Topic, Main Idea & Details
6- Main Idea- Major-Minor Details

Skill: Implied Main Idea & Central Point
1- Finding the Main Idea
2- Implied Main Idea Practice

Skill:  Relationships, Transition Words & Patterns of Organization
1- Organizational Patterns of Paragraphs
2
- Reading Online Transition Words
3
- Cause and Effect Paragraphs
4- The Cause-Effect Essay
5- Paragraph Patterns & Transitional Words Study Packet

6- Signal Words & Patterns Practice Packet
7- Patterns of Organization
8- Basic Patterns of Organization
9- The Comparison-Contrast Study Guide

 

Skill:  Fact & Opinion & Fiction
1- OrlandoSentinel-Opinion
2- New York Daily News - Ideas & Opinions
3- Washington Post
4- Scary Superstitions

Skill:  Inferences (& Drawing Conclusions)
1- Drawing Inferences
2
- Making Inferences & Drawing Conclusions
3- Simile-Metaphor Practice

4. GoComics- Great for Practicing Inferences
5. Comics- More Practice of Inferencing Skills
6. Gagle's Political Cartoon Index

7.
Updated Political Cartoons
8.
Political Humor
10.
MSNBC- The Week in Political Cartoons
11.
Political Cartoons.com

Skill:  Author's Purpose & Tone
1. An Introduction to Purpose and Tone
2
- National Rifle Association - MyNRA
3- Washington Post

4. Purpose and Tone Online Practice

Skill: Arguments and Logic
1- The Critical Reader Text Structure and Argument

2- Fallacious Arguments
3- Essays and Arguments
4- Logical Fallacy
5- The Structure of an Argument
6- Fallacies
7- Constructing a Logical Argument

REA 0017 Classes- Chapter 10: Reading & Evaluating Electronic Sources (Reading Across the Disciplines, 5th Edition)

Before doing the exercises in your textbook it would be a great help to visit the following sites to see what is involved in evaluating web sites.  These sites have tutorials and worksheets and tools and criteria you can use to make an effective evaluation of sites.  I will most likely be assigning one of the tutorials as a homework assignment.

Worksheet for Evaluating Web Sites: Print copies of this to use with the upcoming activities.

1. Evaluating Web Pages (Widener University): This is an incredible site.  It has examples, tutorials, a Power Point slide show and practce activities with links to actual sites that are part of the practice activities.
2. Evaluating Web Sites (Cornell University)
3. You Tube- How To Evaluate Web Sites
4.
How To Evluate Web Sites (University of Maryland)
5.
Evaluating Web Sites (Lesley University)
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Tutorial- How & Wht to Evaluate Web Sites (Ohio State University)
7.
Web Research Guide- Evaluating Web Sites Online Practice Activities

Reading & Evaluating Electronic Sources- Chapter 10 of Reading Across The Disciplines, 5th Edition...this is the text we are using in REA 017.  The following 33 links are all part of the exercises in this chapter.  They can also be found as active links if you go into My Readingh Lab and use the E-Book version of the text.  In addition, I have placed them all here, in the exact order needed to complete the entire chapter 10.  I hope this saves you some typing. Professor Gair

1. Buying a Used Car. pg. 223, Ex. 10-1
2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics pg. 223, Ex. 10-1
3. How Our Laws Are Made- pg. 223, Ex. 10-1
3A. SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY pg. 225, Paragraph 2
4. Rainforest Place- pg. 225, Ex. 10-3
5. Resume Tutor! pg. 226, Ex. 10-3
6. Facts Procter and Gamble, pg. 226, Ex. 10-3
7.The Onion - America's Finest News Source pg. 226, Number 3
8. Journalist's Guide to Gun Policy Scholars pg. 226, Ex. 10-4
9. Truth About Federal Income Tax & Why Started pg. 227, Ex. 10-4
10. Autism Recovery & BEDROK pg. 227, Ex. 10-4
11. Shakespeare, real or fake pg. 228, Ex. 10-5
12. Develop your sense of humor to make ..pg. 228, Ex. 10-5
13. Rodeo Facts - Animal Rights Moonbats' Ignorance pg. 228, Ex. 10-5
14. Demos, Test Pages - The HTML Writers Guild pg. 229, Ex. 10-6
15. The State of the World's Children 1999 pg. 229, Ex. 10-6
16. THE Y2K COMPUTER BUG -- UPDATE DECEMBER 1999 pg. 229, Ex. 10-6
17. Americans for Peace Now pg. 230, Ex. 10-7
18. Eating During Pregnancy pg. 230, Ex. 10-7
19. Citizens for Legitimate Government CLG pg. 230, Ex. 10-7
20. Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet pg. 231, Ex. 10-8
21. ArtBabble ArtBabble pg. 231, Ex. 10-8
22. Ohioline File Request Error - File Not Found pg. 231, Ex. 10-9
23. Sex Roles pg. 231, Ex. 10-9
24. 'Men Buy, Women Shop' The Sexes Have Different Priorities..pg. 232, Ex. 10-9
25. Page not found The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood .pg. 2432 Ex. 10-9
26. Let's Talk Communication Differences between Men and Women....pg. 232, Ex. 10-9
27. Bridging the Communication Gap Between Men and Women pg. 232, Ex. 10-9
28. BIOLOGY Dictates Most - Gender Communication Differences! pg. 232, Ex. 10-9
29. Deborah Tannen Men and Women pg. 232, Ex. 10-9
30. Gender and Communication pg. 232, Ex. 10-9
31. Gender Communication Differences and Styles Negotiation Experts pg. 232, Ex. 10-9
33. Men and Women Equally Talkative, Study Finds NPR pg. 232, Ex. 10-9

Skill:  Author Bias and Propaganda Sites

BIAS is all over our society.  It is in the news and the popular media, as well as national and international politics and affairs.  These videos are meant to teach you about one particularly nasty BIAS, RACIAL BIAS.  "All in the Family" was a television show that broke ground as to what could be shown or said on national television in the 1970's.   Archie Bunker (the main character) was a man who made the rest of America sit up and take notice.  He made us see how foolish we looked in harboring our own racial biases about many ethnic groups.  Many people suddenly saw a bit of Archie's character in themselves, their families and their neighbors.  They did not like what they saw.  Examine his BIASES through his words, facial expressions, body language and the responses of his "liberal" daughter Gloria and her husband Mike, who by the way was known as "The Meathead" and Archie's wife Edith, who he fondly called a "dingbat".  Are there other BIASES other than just ethnic or racial here?

 

Some Excellent Web Sites to Test Your Critical Reading - BIAS Skills
1- Reading BIAS, Writing Tolerance
2. Bias in Media
3. News Bias Explored
4. Detecting BIAS in the News
5. News BIAS- How to Detect It
6. EyeblastTV- BIAS in the Media
7. Media Research Center MRC
8. Snopes- Urban Legends
9. Propaganda Resources on the Web
10 Propaganda Analysis
11. Abolish the Death Penalty

12.
Pro-Death Penalty

13. Harpers Magazine
14. The Progressive Magazine
15.
Counterpunch Magazine
16.
Independent Media Center
17.
The Nation
18.
Mother Jones
19.
In These Times
20.
Z Magazine
21.
AlterNet
22.
Multinational Monitor
23.
Dollars and Sense Magazine
24.
Guardian Unlimited Network
25.
The Village Voice
26.
Project Censored

27. Sean Hannity
28- Michael Savage

29- Neal Boortz
30- Rusty Humphries

31. YouTube
32. BIAS- Idebate.Org

Assorted Helpful Reading Skills Sites:
1- Strategies for Effective & Efficient Reading
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Strategies for Reading Comprehension
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Note Taking: Cornell Note Taking System
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Finding the Main Idea
5
- Reading Skills Tutorial
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Finding the Main Idea
7-
Basic Outlining
8
Point of View- Don't Believe Everything You Read
9-
Guide to Critical Thinking
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Graphic Organizers
11-
Efficient Reading- Varying Your Rate

Some Great English-Reading-Writing Web Sites
1- 11 Rules of Writing
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Bartleby.com Great Books Online
3-
Basic Guide to Essay Writing
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Beginner's Guide to Effective Email
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Bibliomania - Literature and Study Guides
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Critical Reading & Writing
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English Grammar on the Web
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EServer.org Accessible Writing
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Great Books Foundation
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Guide to the Logical Fallacies
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Indispensable Writing Resources
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Lists of Grammar Items
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Lives, the Biography Resource
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Merriam-Webster OnLine
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My Hideous Progeny Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
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NCSU Online Writing Lab
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North American Slave Narratives
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Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
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Purdue University's Online Writing Lab
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Researchpaper.com
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Rhetorical Figures
22-
Study English
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The Electronic Canterbury Tales
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The Modern Word
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The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing
26-
The Online Writery
27-
UIUC Writers' Workshop
28-
Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Format
29-
Writing Center at Rensselaer

30-
Writing Help

31- Research Paper Guide

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