Developmental Reading


  2. A. Course Title: Developmental Reading
    B. Course Number: TS 113 - 30153
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: M W F 10:00:00 AM - 10:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Holloman, Terry
    G. Office: Ben Alexander Student Center (BAC) 208
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2627
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST); 1:30:00 PM-02:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): TS103A or appropriate Accuplacer score.
    M. Corequisite(s): none
    N. Class Location: BAC220

    This course is designed to help students improve their reading skills. The goals of Developmental Reading include increased comprehension, vocabulary, and the student’s ability to remember what they have read. These skills and strategies provide a foundation needed to succeed in other college classes which require college-level textbook reading. The student must attain a grade of “C” or better to advance. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisites: TS 103A Basic Reading I or appropriate score on placement exam


    This course is designed to provide strategies to enable students to improve their overall reading skills. This course is a developmental course and there is no guarantee of transferability to all institutions of higher education. Please check with the receiving institution for transferability.



    Nist, Sherrie L. Building Vocabulary Skills/Short Version with Vocabulary Plus, 4th ed. Townsend Press, Inc., 2017. Print. (New student editions only)ISBN:978-1591945093.

    Langan, John. Ten Steps to Building College Reading Skills/TenStepsPlusBundle,6th ed. Townsend Press Inc., 2016. Print. (New student editions only)ISBN:978-1-59194-481-2.

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    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grading Distribution:
    Homework\Daily Work 20%
    Lab exercises (computer) 30%
    Tests 50%
    You may complete this course with a D, but you must make a C or better to move to TS123.

    Tests/quizzes/exercises will be graded in the traditional manner.

    You will receive a zero for any daily exercises, quizzes, or tests that you miss unless you make arrangements to make up the missed work. You have one week from the original date to make up the missed work.
    The computer lab work must be completed for each unit before the student will be allowed to take the unit vocabulary test.

    Mid-term Level Advance:
    At mid-term, the student may try to 'test out' or advance to the next course/level by fulfilling the following requirements:
    Strong consistent attendance
    70% or better grade average at mid-term
    Accuplacer Score of 49 or better
    Exit Conference

    Grade Rounding: Final grades will be rounded up to one half (.50) point. There will be no additional rounding.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    This course is intended to help students increase their overall reading skills by increasing their vocabulary and by building comprehension strategies. By doing so, students may increase their chances of success in other college courses.
    Students will analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.
    Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.
    Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.
    Students will employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.
    Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.
    Students will engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    1. Identify and discuss new vocabulary words and their definitions.

    Reading Text:
    2. Gain skill in use of dictionary.
    3. Identify new vocabulary words using context clues and discuss their definitions.
    4. Identify the main idea in a paragraph or passage.
    5. Identify and discuss major and minor details that explain the main idea of topic sentence.
    6. Discuss the location of the topic sentence or main idea.
    7. Identify and describe the six types of transitions and five patterns of organization.
    8. Identify ideas that are not stated directly.
    9. Identify main ideas that are suggested rather than stated directly.
    10. Identify the point of an argument and the support of that point.


    Regular and punctual class attendance is important to the attainment of the educational objectives of this course. Attendance is required at all sessions of this course. Please note the Withdrawal Policy for additional information.

    Class begins promptly. If you are tardy, you must notify the instructor immediately after class; otherwise you will be counted absent. If you leave class early, you will receive a tardy. Two tardies equal one absence. Students who have more than six absences (MWF), four absences (TR), or two absences in an evening class can be dropped from the course. All absences and extenuating circumstances need to be explained during office hours – not during class. If students know they are going to be absent, they should make prior arrangements with the instructor. Leave a message at 492-2627. The voice mail works twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The instructor’s class roll is the official record of attendance.

    Being absent from class does not excuse you from keeping up with assignments. If you must be absent, you are still responsible for all lecture materials, so get notes and assignments from a classmate. After the maximum number of absences, you may not make up missed work.

    Should a student be dismissed from the classroom due to some sort of disruption, I expect to see such student before the next class meeting. If a student is asked to leave class for any reason, the student will be counted absent for that class period. Permanent dismissal may result if I deem it necessary to take the problem to the dean.

    If a student has a special health problem, he or she should (please) notify the instructor. (Please only discuss the situation with me during office hours).

    PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION: Please use appropriate, professional language, grammar and structure in your emails. I will do the same. Do not send an email that looks and reads as though it were composed as a text message.
    DON’T DO
    hi miss can you pls give me the work 4 2day so I can get it 2u..igot behind bc i m 2 tired. thx
    Dear Professor Holloman,
    I apologize for missing class today. Would you please send me the assignment for today? I do not want to fall behind in my school work.
    Thank you,

    NMJC Communication Standard:
     No text language (For example do not use i, BTW, LOL, IDK…)
     Correct spelling and proper capitalization
     Complete sentences (Start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period.)
     Logical organization


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Course Outline - Fall 2019

    The following course outline is tentative and subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any necessary schedule changes will be announced in class.

    Week One August 19-23
    Diagnostic Test
    Chapter One Vocabulary

    Week Two August 26-30
    Vocabulary chapters 1,2,3; (all vocabulary chapters are graded assignments)
    Ten Steps pp.1-24; 75-82

    Week Three Sept 2-6
    Vocabulary chapters 3,4,5
    Ten Steps Vocabulary in Context Test

    Week Four September 9-13
    Vocabulary Unit One Reviews, Lab, Test

    Week Five September 16-20
    Vocabulary chapters 6,7,8
    Ten Steps Main Ideas

    Week Six September 23-27
    Vocabulary chapters 9 & 10
    Ten Steps Main Ideas Test

    Week Seven September 30-Oct 4
    Vocabulary Unit Two Review, Lab, and Test
    Ten Steps Supporting Details

    Week Eight October 7-11
    Compass Test
    Ten Steps Supporting Details Test
    Combined Skills Test

    Week Nine October 14-18
    Vocabulary chapters 11 &12
    Ten Steps Relationships I

    Week Ten October 21-25
    Vocabulary chapters 13,14,15
    Ten Steps Relationships I Mastery Test

    Week Eleven October 28- Nov 1
    Vocabulary Unit Three Review, Lab, Test
    Ten Steps Relationships II

    Week Twelve Nov 4-8
    Vocabulary chapters 16 & 17
    Ten Steps Relationships II Mastery Tests

    Week Thirteen November 11-15
    Vocabulary chapters 18 & 19
    Ten Steps Inference

    Week Fourteen November 18-22
    Vocabulary chapter 20
    Ten Steps Inference Mastery Test

    Week Fifteen November 25-Nov 29
    Vocabulary Unit 4 Review, Lab, Test
    Ten Steps Combined Skills Practices

    Week Sixteen Dec 2-6
    Vocabulary Posttest
    Combined Skills Test
    Exit Conference

    Reading Classes do not take a final exam during finals week.

    On-going Class Assignments
    Short writing assignments may be given to help develop particular reading skills. Reading assignments will be given from the book and outside sources.