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2021-2022 College Catalog 
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ACL 080 - Academic and Critical Literacy

5 Credits, 5 Contact Hours
5 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Foundational skills in academic reading and writing strategies. Includes improvement in personal written vocabulary and grammar, analytical and evaluative reading comprehension, appropriate drafting and revising conventions, critical thinking skills and techniques.

Prerequisite(s): Placement based on assessment.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Improve personal written vocabulary.
  2. Write using standard grammar and mechanics.
  3. Demonstrate analytical and evaluative reading comprehension of narrative and expository texts.
  4. Use appropriate drafting and revising conventions to compose and revise summary, critical reflection, analysis and synthesis essays that follow standard paragraph and essay structure.
  5. Employ critical thinking through gathering, interpreting, integrating, and reflecting upon own ideas in contest with others’ ideas.

  1. Improve Personal Written Vocabulary and Grammar
    1. Define new words
    2. Use new words in context
    3. Practice standard grammar, mechanics, and punctuation
  2. Demonstrate Analytical and Evaluative Reading Comprehension of Narrative and Expository Texts
    1. Read a minimum of one book-length narrative text such as a novel, memoir, work of creative non-fiction, autobiography, or a selection of short stories
    2. Read and demonstrate comprehension of expository texts such as essays, articles, and textbooks by answering questions about and responding in writing to, and discussing the texts.
    3. Demonstrate comprehension at a literal and interpretive level
      1. Literal: identify stated main ideas and supporting details
      2. Interpretive: identify implied main idea and write summaries of texts
    4. Utilize a variety of strategies to improve reading comprehension before, during, and after reading
  3. Use Appropriate Drafting and Revising Conventions Appropriate for the Purpose, Audience, and Situation
    1. Craft essays and written texts with conventions appropriate for the purpose, audience, and situation
    2. Write sentences with variety and coherence
    3. Compose paragraphs with a basic topic sentence, detail, supporting evidence, and transition structure
    4. Compose essays including the basic components of an essay, including an introduction with central idea, body paragraphs, and conclusion
    5. Practice iterative writing processes such as brainstorming, drafting, peer feedback, and revising
      1. Revise,
      2. Consider feedback
      3. High-order and lower-order issues
        1. Content
        2. Structure
        3. Grammar/mechanics
    6. Produce revised writing totaling at least 1000 words
    7. Use technology to create and format texts
  4. Employ Critical Thinking Through Gathering, Interpreting, Integrating, and Reflecting Upon Own Ideas in Context with Others’ Ideas
    1. Identify audience, purpose, main idea, and point of view of texts
    2. Critically reflect (metacognition) on own writing and others’ texts
    3. Develop critical, reflective written responses to expository and narrative texts
    4. Develop information literacy

Effective Term:
Spring 2020

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