Analysis and Critical Reading 100 ( Official )
WebCMS orange bar image
Course Outline
College logo image
Course Outline
Previous Page To Previous Page
Printer Friendly Version

Mt. San Antonio College



February 28, 2015



Effective Term:   201010 - Summer 2010

Course ID:

READ   100


Analysis and Critical Reading



Library and Learning Resources Division


Learning Assistance Department


Administration of Justice: Law Enforcement

Short Title:

Analysis/Critical Reading


Course Status:


Maximum Class Size:




Method of Instruction:



 Work Experience, Occupational


 Work Experience, General

 Lecture and Laboratory

 Open Entry/Exit

 Independent Studies


 Distance Learning (Distance Education Delayed) for online courses

 Distance (Hybrid Online) for online supported courses





  Lecture Hours:




  Lab Hours:



  Activity Hours:



  Clinical Hours:



  Total Hours:




Taxonomy of Programs (TOPS) Information:

TOPS Code and Course Program Title:

152000 - Reading


SAM Priority Code: 



Courses offered to apprentices only.


Advanced Occupational

Courses taken in the advanced stages of an occupational program. Each “B” level course must have a “C” level prerequisite in the same program area.


Clearly Occupational

Courses taken in the middle stages of an occupational program. Should provide the student with entry-level job skills.


Possibly Occupational

Courses taken in the beginning stages of an occupational program.




Discipline Placement:

State Transfer Code:

B Transferable, CSU/Private

Grading Method:

Letter Grade Only

Frequency Offered:





 On Demand

Earn Credit:

Non-repeatable Credit - equates to 0 repeats


Transfer Status

Baccalaureate Status is granted by the Educational Design General Education and Baccalaureate Level Subcommittee.

 CSU Transferable         CSU Approval Date:                      (mm/dd/yyyy)                  

 UC Transferable             UC Approval Date:                      (mm/dd/yyyy)                 


Course Requisites


READ 90 or satisfactory score on reading placement test

Co requisite:



Course Special Designators

Course Description:

Effective use of critical reading in a cross-disciplinary framework. Emphasis on the development of critical reading skills of interpretation, analysis and evaluation of a variety of texts to include: academic, business, and technology readings.

Course Outline:

Strategic comprehension approaches for critical reading of various
types of texts:
- Four levels of comprehension
- Questioning: four levels, essential question
- Textmapping
- Predict/Locate/Add/Note (PLAN)
- Mindmapping
- Blueprinting

Patterns of discourse

Comparison of discipline specific organizational and structural
patterns of various types of texts

Strategic vocabulary approaches as applied to disciplines and
- Extended key idea, information, memory clue (KIM)
- Concept Mapping
- Memory, use, response, judgment (MURJ)

Analysis of various types of texts:
- Connections within and between various types of texts
- Discipline specific purposes for reading a variety of texts
- Courses and texts for themes and concepts

Reflections on own strategic approaches applied to various types
of texts.

-Final exam

Lab Outline:

Course Measurable Objectives:

1. Apply strategic comprehension approaches for critical reading of academic texts.
2. Analyze and evaluate the specific strategic comprehension approaches for various types of academic texts.
3. Synthesize and evaluate personal strategic vocabulary approaches to various types of academic texts
4. Apply strategic comprehension approaches of the course texts as they relate to the discipline.
5. Evaluate one's own critical strategic reading approaches for various types of academic texts

Course Methods of Evaluation:

Category 1. Substantial written assignments for this course include:

A minimum of four one-page written analyses of personal application of critical reading strategies that meet given criteria.

A minimum of three one-page written reflections and responses meeting given criteria that analyze texts of a given disciplines for organizational construct

If the course is degree applicable, substantial written assignments in this course are inappropriate because:

Category 2. Computational or non-computational problem solving demonstrations:

Graphic representation of a given course text with respect to the discipline's themes and concepts
Graphic representations of vocabulary strategies for vocabulary terms in texts from various disciplines
Explanation of graphical representations of course or text and implications for reading
Demonstrate the use of strategic approaches through a presentation or PowerPoint

Category 3. Skills Demonstrations:

Not applicable

Category 4. Objective Examinations:

Sample Assignments:

1. Analyze a content area syllabus for organizational patterns and central themes of the course. Present the results using an appropriate graphic.
2. Discuss the uses and applications of textual clues for content in a discipline of your choice in a 1-2 page written analysis that meets the given criteria.
3. Analyze two types of texts for content and organization. Correlate concepts from the texts to course themes and create a graphic representation of the findings.


Representative Text:

 Book 1:


  Brenda Smith


  The Reader's Handbook



  Date of Publication:




 Book 2:







  Date of Publication:




 Book 3:







  Date of Publication: