Foundations of Reading and Writing

Pre-College Prep Course



Foundations of Reading and Writing
Pre-College Prep Course

Learn Foundations of Reading and Writing and Get Ready For College.

Welcome to your foundational reading and writing course! Here you’ll learn reading and writing skills together. Why? Well, you may have heard that some of the best writers are also avid readers. This is true, as these two vital life skills are linked.

Reading often leads to writing, and writing then leads to more reading, in a continuing cycle. So, to develop the skills a good writer needs, it’s important to develop the skills of a good reader.

Since reading and writing are connected to each other, it makes sense to learn more about them both at the same time. This will help you set a strong foundation for success in your future college courses, your upcoming career, and your everyday life.

So, what kinds of things will this course teach you? For starters, you’ll learn how to describe and respond to college-level texts throughout the reading process. You’ll also be equipped with the skills needed to plan, write, and revise college-level essays.

Learning how to understand assignments is another important part of this course. Have you ever received a reading or writing assignment that confused you? Maybe you didn’t know where to begin. In this course, you’ll learn how to interpret essay prompts and rubrics.

You’ll also review English language basics such as spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure. You’ll encounter many different types of readings throughout your college career. Textbooks, articles from news sources and scholarly journals, and personal pieces—such as essays, speeches, and letters—are examples of some of the reading materials that you may see in this class. You’ll also learn how to write analytically about the readings you encounter. To warm up your writing skills, you’ll start first with writing briefly, in the form of paragraphs.

Then you’ll move on to writing fully developed essays. Just like learning any new skill, it’s best to begin with the basics and to move forward from there. For instance, if you wanted to learn how to bake, it would be overwhelming if your first project in a baking class was an elaborate triple-tiered wedding cake.

So, in this writing course, we start with the equivalent of a simple cake: the paragraph. Later we move on to a more in-depth project, the essay. In many college classes, your instructors will expect you to have a strong background in the fundamentals of reading and writing. The goal of this course is to give you that foundation so that you can read and write with confidence. Let’s get started!

Foundations of Reading and Writing
Sample Syllabus Sections 1 & 2


1.1 What Is This Course About? - Here you’ll learn reading and writing skills together. Why? Well, you may have heard that some of the best writers are also avid readers.

1.2 Types of Writing The Expository Essay - Writing is classified into different categories, such as informal writing and academic writing.

1.3 The Persuasive Essay - This type of writing is also called an “argumentative essay” because it takes a stance on an argument that not all people agree on.

1.4 The Narrative Essay Try it: Research and Writing Process - This kind of writing might also be called a “personal essay.” That’s because it describes an event that happened to you and explains why that event is important.

1.5 What Is This Course About Part: II? - Here you’ll learn reading and writing skills together. Why? Well, you may have heard that some of the best writers are also avid readers.


2.1 Purpose and Audience - You’ll need to express your thoughts and ideas about those readings through writing. As a student and as a reader in general, it’s important for you to be able to describe the features of an academic text.

2.2 Topic and Main Idea - As a student, it’s important to learn using multiple types of readings, such as articles on a website, chapters in a non-fiction book, or essays written by your peers. Though these reading samples might be written in different formats, for different audiences, and with different purposes, they all have a topic and a main idea.

2.3 Thesis Statement, Tone, and Point of View - Understanding an author’s thesis statement, tone, and point of view will make it easier to comprehend a piece of writing. Let’s talk about these concepts.

2.4 The Parts of a Text Try It: Identify the Aspects of a Text - To comprehend a college reading assignment, you need to understand the structure of the text, be it a paragraph, textbook chapter, article, or essay. So now, let’s discuss a major part of any piece of text: supporting details.

Sample Questions
Test Your Current Knowledge of Reading & Writing

Accuplacer and College Placement Reading & Writing Exam Study Guide with Sample Questions

The following sample questions do not appear on an actual Accuplacer and College Placement examination. These questions are intended to give test-takers an indication of the format and idea of what to study!

  1. regular verb
  2. irregular verb
  3. linking verb
  4. verb phrase

  1. Do nothing; the sentence is fine as it is.
  2. Replace the semicolon with a comma.
  3. Replace the semicolon with a comma and use a numeral to express 19
  4. move the period inside the closing quotation marks

  1. comparison and contrast pattern
  2. definition and example pattern
  3. description pattern
  4. problem and solution pattern

  1. preview the text to get a general idea of what it is about.
  2. obtain answers to the questions asked in the question phase.
  3. generate questions that set the purpose for the text
  4. evaluate the comprehension of the text.

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