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Reading - ONR 12 Introduction to Academic Reading syllabus

ONR 12 – Onward Introduction to Academic Reading Fall (Sample)

Instructor: June K. Carter
Phone: 581-2312
Office: 119 East Annex
Office Hours: T 4- 5; MWF 8:30-9:30; 11-12; and by appointment.

Students may leave messages on my phone, in my mailbox outside Rm.119 East Annex, or with Susan Spaulding 581-2319, Rm. 121 East Annex.

Course Information:

Classes times: ONR 12-001 10-10:50 104 Jenness; ONR 012-002 1:10-2 104 Jenness. Reading Instructional Aide: Laura Thomas. Labs MW: 2:10-3; T 12:15-1:15; F 11-11:50—Rooms to be announced

Texts: A People and a Nation: Brief Seventh Edition Vol. 1 to 1877. Study Guides and Practice Quizzes on-line at; The Mercury Reader: A Custom Publication, copyright 2005; and related handout material.

The Dialectical Journal will be the same one we use in ONE class. The Journal will provide an on-going record of your thinking and learning this semester. It will also contain your Personal Spelling List, some homework, and class notes. For homework and notes, use the entire page instead of making Col. 1 and 2, but leave Col. 3 for feedback and Col. 4 for your further reflections.

Essay Test Scores: Since Prelims and the Final make up 65% of your grade, here are the Rubrics for Essay Test Scores:

  • A — Shows command of the material beyond mere memorization; displays evidence of growth in becoming an academic writer; uses academic language and follows the conventions of standard American English for grammar and usage; establishes that you have a knowledge of the material and the ability to think critically; organizes the material around a focal point with specific, relevant evidence.
  • B — Shows growing command of the material, using academic language and standard American English grammar; establishes your ability to think critically most of the time; organizes material well with specific evidence obvious to the reader.
  • C — Struggling to express command of the material in academic language, but seems to know a passable amount; shows some ability to think critically and misses some opportunities to give relevant, specific evidence when needed. Uneven results.
  • D — Unsure and weak discussions of the topics, showing little ability to think critically and express ideas in a clear, organized fashion. Generalized or confused essays, but shows some knowledge of the material.


Only three excused absences (no unexcused ones) will be allowed. Late papers will lose a grade level each day they are late. If the paper would have received a B, the next day it will be a B-, and the day after a C+. Please make arrangements for extenuating circumstances. Call Susan Spaulding 581-2319 if you will be absent.


If you wish an accommodation for a documented disability, please contact Ann Smith (1-2319). If you find you are having more trouble than you would expect in reading and studying, see me or Laura ASAP! Don’t let the problem build.

Grades will be determined by the following scale:

  • Participation and Attendance – 10%
  • Journal 10%; Quizzes – 5%
  • Homework /in-class work – 10%
  • Prelims – 40%
  • Final Exam – 25%.

ONR 12 Assignments:

  • Wed. 9/5 Bring Journals to class for activities—notes, etc. Bring Mercury Reader. We’ll read an excerpt from the book and discuss some literary terms.
  • Fri. 9/7 Read “My Mother’s Memoirs, My Father’s Lies, and Other True Stories” by Russell Banks in Mercury, making a four-column Journal entry. Think about (and write about) what makes this selection difficult to read/understand and what makes it easy. Bring A People and a Nation (P&N) for lay-out!
  • M 9/10 Read Mercury (M) “So This Was Adolescence” and make a Journal entry. Have read P&N pp. 1-7 to the beginning of “African Societies.” Take a look at the Study Guide on line. Comment on it in Column 1 of your Journal.
  • W 9/12 Read the rest of Ch. 1 to p. 19 in P&N. Make a list of anything you want to ask about. Do you know the meaning of words n the reading? Please look them up before class. Knowing the meanings of words will help you throughout your lifetime!
  • F 9/14 Read P&N pp. 20-38. Take notes in your Journal, using at least two full pages. You may not cover all the material, and you may want to keep going with the note-taking. It’s up to you. Make the notes readable and useful to you.
  • M 9/17 Read P&N Ch. 3 “North America in the Atlantic World 1640-1720″ pp. 39-56.
  • W 9/19 PRELIM over P&N Ch. 1, 2, & 3.
  • F. 9/21 Make Journal entries as you read “How to Mark a Book” by Mortimer Adler.
  • M 9/24 Read Ch. 4 “American Society Transformed 1720-1770″ pp. 57-73. Mark your chapter using Adler’s suggestions about how to mark a book. I know it’s difficult, but it might be helpful—for this chapter as well as for other readings you have to study. We’ll discuss the process and its efficacy.
  • W 9/26 Read M “Letter to John Adams on the State of Education” by Abigail Adams. Make a Journal entry and bring Journals for exchange.
  • F 9/28 P&N Ch. 5 “Severing the Bonds of Empire 1754-1774″ pp. 74-91. Mark the chapter following Adler’s suggestions. We’ll see if it’s easier to do this time.
  • M 10/1 PRELIM over Mercury selections we’ve read so far and literary terms. Know about the authors, too.
  • W 10/3 P&N Ch. 6 “A Revolution, Indeed 1774-1783.” pp. 92-108.
  • F 10/5 P&N Ch. 7 “Forging a National Republic 1776-1789″ pp. 109-120 to “Order and Disorder in the West.”
  • Fall Break
  • W 10/10 P&N pp. 120-126. Review it to see how it fits in with the rest of the material. PRELIM over P&N Ch. 4-7.
  • F 10/12 P&N Ch. 8 “The Early Republic: Conflicts at Home and Abroad 1789-1800.”
  • M 10/15 P&N Ch. 9 “Partisan Politics: The Democratic-Republicans in Power 1801-1815″ pp. 142-157. Take notes either in your Journal or by marking the text as Adler outlined.
  • W 10/17 P&N Ch. 10 “Nationalism, Expansion, and the Market Economy 1816-1845″ pp. 159-169 to “Commercial Farming.” Summarize these pages in your Journal, using the full page instead of Columns 1 & 2. Define terms you think we need to know.
  • F 10/20 P&N Read rest of Ch. 10 to page 180.
  • M 10/22 Read M “Learning to Read & Write.” Make Journal entry.
  • W 10/24 PRELIM over Ch. 8-10 P&N.
  • F 10/26 P&N Ch. 11 “Reform and Politics in the Age of Jackson 1824-1845′ pp. 181-198.
  • M 10/29 P&N Ch. 12 “People and Communities in the North and the West 1830-1860″ pp. 199-217.
  • W 10/31 Read Handout of Bret Harte’s “The Outcasts of Poker Flat’ for QUIZ.
  • F 11/2 Read Mercury “Speech on the Signing of the Treaty of Port Eliot-1855″ for Journal.
  • M 11/5 Read Henry David Thoreau’s “On Civil Disobedience”—Journal entry.
  • W 11/7 P&N Ch. 13 “People and Communities in a Slave Society: The South 1830-1860″ pp. 218-235.
  • F 11/9 PRELIM All P&N and other assignments since the last prelim on 10/24.
  • M 11/12 P&N Ch. 14 “Slavery and America’s Future: The Road to War 1845-1861″ pp. 236- 255.
  • W 11/14 M “The Emancipation Proclamation” and Handout of Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” in Journal.
  • F. 11/16 P&N Ch. 15 “Transforming Fire: The Civil War 1861-1865″ pp. 256-267 to “The Soldiers’ War.”
  • M 11/19 P&N Finish Ch. 15.
  • Thanksgiving Break
  • M 11/26 Mercury “A Rose for Emily” for a Journal entry and—Be prepared for a QUIZ!
  • W 11/28 PRELIM over all other reading assignments except those from P&N since 11/10.
  • F 11/30 Read P&N Ch. 16 “Reconstruction: An Unfinished Revolution 1865-1877″ pp. 279-286 to “The Congressional Reconstruction Plan.”
  • M 12/3 Read P&N Ch. 16 from pp. 286- 298.
  • W 12/5 Read P&N Constitution of the United States and Amendments pp. A-2 to A-11.
  • What do you think is very important? What do you wonder about?
  • F 12/7 Read Handout.
  • M 12/10 Bring ten questions that would help us review for Final Exam over Ch. 14, 15, & 16 and the Constitution and the Handout material. Make sure you know the answers yourself!
  • W 12/12 Review.
  • F 12/14 Review; Wrap-up; Evaluation.
  • Happy Holidays

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