Dr. L. Adam Mekler 
DVRD 101: 19 & 21
Fall 2009
Office:  Holmes Hall 228
Office Phone: (443) 885-4032
Email@Morgan: adam.mekler@morgan.edu
Class Homepage: http://l-adam-mekler.com/dvrd101links.htm
Any revisions to this syllabus will be posted on our class page. Please check the web page regularly for any announcements, especially if you have missed class.

Go To Assignments For:
August/September October November  December 
Course Requirements

Required Text:

Students are required to bring all necessary books with them to class. There will be periodic book quizzes, during which anyone who doesn't have the assigned reading with them WILL lose a full point off the final average.  Please come speak with me if you have any questions.

Purpose of the Course:

As the departmental syllabus makes clear, this course is designed to improve students' ability to comprehend and retain information found in the texts they will be reading during their university tenure.



Grading:
Homework 10%
Class Participation/Attendance (See Policy ) 10%
In-Class Exercises  10%
Vocabulary Quizzes 10%
Mid-Term Exam  20%
Final Examination  20%
Reading List (Subject to Subtle Revision):
Aug 25 Course Introduction 
27 Diagnostic Examination
Sept 1 Discussion of Reading Process
3 Breaking Through, Ch. 2: pp. 31-47 
Complete Exercise 1 on pge. 34 and bring to class today
8 "Obama Dances Awkwardly" (handout)
10 Breaking Through, Ch. 2: pp. 48-56, 71-73 
Complete Comprehension Questions (pp. 54-55) and Vocabulary (55) and bring to class
15 Breaking Through, Ch. 3: pp. 77-93 
Ex. 1, pp. 82-83;  Ex. 7, p. 88
17 Ch. 3: 93-110 
Ex. 11, pp. 95-96; Ex. 15, pp. 103-4
Matriculation Convocation
22 Ch. 4: pp. 115-39 
Do exercise 11 on pp. 130-34. 
(Please list the key terms instead of underlining them.)
24 Ch. 4 (cont.) 
Do exercise 12 on pp. 135-37
(Please list the key terms instead of underlining them.)
29 Ch. 4: pp. 140-48 
Complete Comprehension Q's (145-46) and Vocabulary Q's (146) and bring to class
Oct 1 Group Work Assignment 
6 Ch. 5: pp.175-211 
Do exercise 3 on pp. 182-85, exercise 5 on pp. 190-91
8 Ch. 5 (cont.) 
Do exercise 7 on pp. 195-96, exercise 11 on pp. 206-208
13 Ch. 7: pp. 317-47 
Read Ex. 3, but no notes are necessary
Do exercise 4, pp. 324-25, exercise 5, p. 326, and exercise 8, p. 331
15 Mid-Term Examination (See review )
Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences/Lates for 1st Part of Class
Performing Arts Convocation
20 Ch. 6: pp. 257-81 
Do exercises 3 and 4, pp. 264-66
22 Ch. 6 (cont.) 
Do exercise 10, pp. 278-79
Vocabulary Quiz
27 Ch. 6, 282-99 
Comprehension Q's, 288-89, Vocabulary 289-90
Group Discussion of Selection 2,  Q's on 296-299
29 Ch. 6, 300-16 
Comprehension Q's, 306-7, Vocabulary 307-9
Vocabulary Quiz
31 Last Day to Drop Classes
Nov 3 Ch. 9: pp. 377-93 
Do exercises 1, p. 381, & exercise 2, pp. 383-84
Group Discussion of HW
5 Ch. 9, pp. 402-10
Exercises, pp. 407-10
Vocabulary Quiz
10 Ch. 9, 411-23
Exercises, pp. 417-20
Group Discussion of Selection 3, Q's on 417-20
12 Founders Day Convocation
Ch. 10: pp. 441-56 
Exercise 6, pp. 450-52, and Exercise 7, pp. 452-55
Vocabulary Quiz
17 Reader's Tip on Short Story, p. 150
Ch. 10, 457-65
Q's on 462-65
Group Discussion of Assignments for the Day
19 Ch. 10, 472-79
Q's on 477-79
Vocabulary Quiz
24 Ch. 11: pp. 485-509 
Ex. 5, pp. 495-96, Ex. 10, 502-8
Group Discussion of Ex. 10
26 Thanksgiving Break-No Class
Extra Credit Assignment:
Ch. 11, 518-25
Q's on 522-25
Dec 1 Ch. 11, 526-35
Q's on 530-32
Group Discussion of 526-32
3 Final Review
Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences/Lates for 2nd Part of Class
Bill of Rights/TransAfrica Day Convocation
9 Final Exam:  12:00 pm: Jenkins 203
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