Reading Improvement


  2. A. Course Title: Reading Improvement
    B. Course Number: TS 123 - 30167
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: M W F 11:00:00 AM - 11:50:00 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): Student must pass TS113, and, or score 51-80 on the Accuplacer exam.
    M. Corequisite(s): none
    N. Class Location: BAC220

    This course is designed to help students improve their reading skills. The goals 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. Prerequisite: TS 113 Developmental Reading or appropriate score on a 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.



    Smith, Brenda. Breaking Through College Reading.11th ed. Boston, Pearson Education, 2013. Print. (New student editions only)ISBN: 978-0321994196



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    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:
    Tests 50%
    Daily Work 20%
    Vocabulary 30%
    You may pass this course with a D, but you must pass this course with a C or better to move out of 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.

    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 81 or better
    Exit Conference

    Grades for the course will be posted by the end of the day on Sundays of each week. The instructor reserves the right to round up the final grade.


    New Mexico Junior Collegeís 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 the student 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.


    The student should be able to:
    * Identify and discuss vocabulary and definitions.
    * Demonstrate the types of context clues to determine the meaning of words.
    * Identify and discuss topic, main idea, supporting details, and central point.
    * Identify and describe the reading stages: previewing, integrating knowledge, and recalling.
    * Identify and describe organizational patterns.
    * Recognize the authorís use of inferences, purpose, and tone.
    * Apply annotating, notetaking, summarizing, outlining, and mapping to textbook passages.


    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 in a MWF class, four absences in a TR class, or two absences in a night class may be dropped from this 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 from a classmate or contact the professor before the next class meeting.

    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.
    DONíT 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

    DO: 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, IDKÖ)
     Correct spelling and proper capitalization
     Complete sentences (Start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period.)
     Logical organization

    Upon entering the classroom, turn off cell phones and any other electronic devices. Students are not allowed to text and/or use the internet during class time. If this policy is abused, the student will be asked to leave the classroom. You will receive a zero/absence for that day.

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

    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.)

    Plagiarism is cheating, and any student found guilty of plagiarism will receive a zero on the assignment and possibly fail the class.


    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 itís 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 Schedule - 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
    Syllabus: Highlights
    Diagnostic Test: Informal quick check
    Chapter 1: Successful reading
    Chapter 2: Stages of reading

    Week 2
    Finish Chapter 2: Stages of reading
    Quiz Review: Six learning objectives, three stages of good reading, schema, metacognition, six thinking strategies during reading
    Vocabulary Lesson - pages 74 - 76
    Appendix 6: Practice for Reading Efficiency
    Test over Chapter 2 (including vocabulary)

    Week 3
    Chapter 3: Textbook Learning
    Appendix 1: Sample Textbook Chapter
    Vocabulary Lesson - pages 135-137

    Week 4
    Review Chapter 3
    Test over Chapter 3 (including vocabulary)
    Appendix 5:Test-taking Preparation and Practice

    Week 5
    Chapter 4: Vocabulary
    Vocabulary Lesson - pages 172-174
    Appendix 2: Word Parts: Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes

    Week 6
    Test over Chapter 4 (including vocabulary)
    Chapter 5: Topic Main Idea, supporting Details
    Vocabulary Lesson - pages 235-237

    Week 7
    Continue in Chapter 5
    Test over Chapter 5 (including vocabulary)

    Week 8
    Mid-term Reading Acculplacer Test
    Chapter 6: Supporting details and Organizational Patterns.

    Week 9
    Continue in chapter 6
    Introduce Vocabulary - pages 313 - 315

    Week 10
    Continue in chapter 6 and reviewing vocabulary
    Test over Chapter 6 (including vocabulary)

    Week 11
    Cover research skills based on 316-318
    Chapter 7: Inference
    Review inference in a variety of ways

    Week 12
    Review Chapter 7
    Vocabulary Lesson - pages 363-365
    Test over Chapter 7 (including vocabulary)

    Begin discussion Chapter 8

    Week 13
    Chapter 8: Analytical Reasoning
    Vocabulary Lesson - pages 413-415
    Test over Chapter 8 (including vocabulary)

    Week 14
    Everyday Reading Skills - Reading Newspaper Editorials - pages 366-367

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Week 15
    Study Chapter 9: Critical Reading

    Week 16
    Vocabulary Lesson - pages 474 - 476
    Test over Chapter 9 (including vocabulary)
    Exit Conference

    On-going Class Assignments
    Short writing assignments may be given to help develop particular reading skills.

    Updated: 04/03/2019

    **Note: The preceding information may be changed at the discretion of the instructor as needed or warranted.**