College and Career Readiness-Language I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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AERW-0051-501 College and Career Readiness-Language I


Course Description

Intro to a workforce training course that assists with basic skills for developing critical reading and writing skills for ABE levels 2-6. Practice in writing compound and complex sentences; mastering subject-verb agreement and pronoun usage; using all punctuations marks and overcoming major spelling problems. Emphasis on reinforcing paragraph skills and writing short essays in Standard American English. Special emphasis on workforce training in a career cluster.

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(0 sem hrs)

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On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


No textbook             




Spiral notebook and folder


Computer/Laptop (Computers available in computer labs on each campus and open to current students with a student ID)

Student Performance

After studying the material presented in this course, the student will be able to do the following:

  1. Use comprehension skills, including main idea, inferences, supporting details, drawing conclusions, making generalizations, point of view and authors purpose to engage with the text to answer questions.

  2. Recognize and utilize clarity and command of language skills including sentence sense, grammar, and mechanics.

  3. Use critical analysis to read opposing articles and write an extended essay response using evidence from the text, organizational structure, development of ideas and clarity and command of standard English conventions. 

  4. Students will learn to employ academic strategies specific to the Texas high school equivalency test, GEDÒ, including test-taking and study skills.

Objectives align with the Texas Adult Education and Literacy Standards 2.0
Subareas: I.2 (A)(B)(C)(D)(E)(F) I.3 (A) I.4 (A) I.6 (A)(B)(C)

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

You are expected to behave in the classroom in a manner that is supportive of the learning environment. Behaviors that are not supportive include, but are not limited to: tardiness/leaving early; electronic device noises; talking during lecture; abusive, offensive, or disrespectful language; abusive, offensive, or disrespectful demeanor toward AC faculty, staff, students and/or property.

If you fail to comply with the standards outlined in the syllabus and/or “Student Rights & Responsibilities” you will be subject to disciplinary action which may include but is not limited to: removal from the classroom; consultation with the Dean of Academic Success and/or other AC authority, withdrawal from the course and/or the college.  

Grading Criteria

< 60% = F
60-69% = D
70-79% = C 
80-89% = B
>90% = A


Grading will be weighted as follows:
Speed Sentences: 20%
Read & Responds: 30% 

Creative Compositions/Discussion Board: 5%
Midterm Exam: 15%
Final Exam: 15%
Attendance: 15%

** There are no grade recovery options in this course and no extra credit opportunities are available.

A grade of “F” will be earned as follows:
You complete the course with an overall average below 60.
You do not complete the course and do not withdraw from the course in time to receive a grade of “W”.
You violate the cheating and plagiarism policy.

Automatic Pass Policy:
Any student that passes the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts Test at any point during the course AND has attended 12 or more hours will automatically receive a passing grade in the class.

Speed Sentences, Read & Responds, Creative Compositions, Pearson Practice Midterm and Final are all graded. Homework including Read & Responds, Speed Sentences, Creative Compositions, and Pearson Practices are done outside of class and due as noted on the Schedule of Instruction.

Speed Sentences (Blackboard Homework)
Speed Sentences are language homework practices that reinforce class lessons that focus on building various language skills that are necessary for success on the grammar portion of the GED exam. Speed Sentences are crucial to the learning and retention of course material and success on the GED exam.

Practice Readings (In Class Practice) (Not Graded)                                                   
Practice Readings will be used in class to reinforce and practice the reading skill taught in that day's lesson. Practice readings are not graded but require student participation in class. 

Read & Respond (Blackboard Homework)
Read & Responds are quizzes that reinforce reading skills covered in class.  A reading passage is given and students answer questions about the passage. Each Read & Respond can be taken twice for a higher score.Each Read & Respond can be taken twice for a higher score. Read & Responds are crucial to the learning and retention of course material and success on the GED exam. 

Essay Essentials: (Blackboard Discussion Board Homework)
Essay Essentials are Discussion Boards with two purposes: 1) To build essential skills for writing essays 2) To give the students experience interacting in a Blackboard Discussion Board which is essential for many college courses. Essay Essentials are written tutorials posted in a Blackboard Discussion Board, and students are expected to complete the assignment in the reply box. Essay Essentials are crucial to strengthen students “writing” skills, like reading the prompt, organizing their ideas, clearly communicating in print, etc. Completing these exercises will prepare students for the GED Writing lessons that come later in the course.

Midterm Exam & Final Exam
The Midterm and Final Exam, will be taken outside of class in an Amarillo College computer lab on the dates according to the Schedule of Instruction. Tests must be taken on the assigned dates or with special permission before the assigned date. No retakes.
No outside material, phones, or help from another person allowed during the exams.


GED Tests and GED Ready (Official Practice Tests) can be taken at any time the student is ready. 
A score of 145 is passing. A score of 150 on the GED Ready (Official Practice Test) can earn the student a voucher to pay for up to two GED exams.
Once the Reasoning through Language Arts GED exam is passed the student will have officially passed the class, even if the course is not over, and the student does not need to return to the language class and will receive a passing score.


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Math Outreach Center (806-371-5119)
Located on the Washington Street Campus in Durrett 104. (Math only)
When using the Math Outreach Center you are required to scan in and out with your Amarillo College I.D. and you must have your math homework/workbook with you. Tutors will not give you answers but will reinforce concepts taught in class to help you answer the homework questions yourself. Tutors cannot help on any quizzes.

Success Centers
Located on the Washington Street Campus on the 3rd Floor of the Ware Student Commons (Math and Language)

When using the Success Center you are required to scan in and out with your Amarillo College I.D. and you must have your homework/workbook with you. Tutors will not give you answers but will reinforce concepts taught in class to help you answer the homework questions yourself. Tutors cannot help on any quizzes.

Located on the West Campus Building B (Language Only)


Career Ready You  Departmental  Attendance = Success Policy

Only students who complete 12 or more direct hours in the CRU program are considered to be official students. 

Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement.  Therefore, it is your responsibility as a student to attend class and be on time for daily attendance check.  Nonattendance will be recorded as an absence and no differentiation will be made as to excused or unexcused absences.  Repeated leaving class early or coming in late will be counted as an absence. 

After dropping or stopping out of the course twice, you may not be allowed to attend CRU courses until the next school year.


*Instructional dates and material is subject to change per instructor

2021-2022 School Holidays: 
Labor Day - September 6, 2021
Fall Break - October 18-23, 2021
Thanksgiving - November 25-28, 2021
Christmas Break - December 20, 2021 - January 14, 2022
Martin Luther King Day - January 17, 2022
Spring Break - March 14-18, 2022







((Blackboard) Discussion Board)



First Day of School Activities:
Community Builder, Schedule of Instruction Overview
Class Procedures, Rules & Responsibilities
GED Information Guide
Digital Learning 
Introduce Blackboard



Nouns & Capitalization
Singular & Plural Nouns, Proper & Improper Nouns, Capitalization Rules.



Reading Overview & Reading Discussion:



Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
Main Idea & Details
Stated & Implied Main Idea
Details: Facts, examples, description
Process of Elimination
Process of Elimination




Restating & Summarizing



EE1 Outline


Digital Learning Day
Introduce & Model Discussion Board Assignments



Action (Physical & Mental), Linking/Being, and Helping Verbs
Spotting Infinitives & Gerunds
Define the Subject of the Sentence




Prepositions & Prepositional Phrases
Recognizing Prepositions/Prep Phrases
Marking out Prep/Prep Phrases to Find the Subjects & Verbs in a Sentence
3 Step Process Worksheet
Applying Ideas & Making Inferences




Subject-Verb Agreement
4 Step Process
Grammar Practice
4 Step Process Worksheet



Cause & Effect 
Compare & Contrast



Sentence Sense
Sentences, Fragments, Run-ons
Sentence Sense & Commas
Compound, Complex, & Compound-Complex Sentences & Comma Use. F.A.N.B.O.Y.S.



EE2 Thesis



Possessives & Contractions 
Commonly Confused Words
Homonyms and Others 
Non Standard English Phrases 
(“kinda” “alot” “fixing to” “gonna”)




Conclusions & Generalizations
Drawing Conclusions & Making Generalizations (Valid/Faulty)



Dangling Modifiers, Misplaced Modifiers
Sentence Practice




Non-Fiction: Author’s Tone, Point of View, and Use of Language 
Non-Fiction: Author’s Purpose 



Fiction: Plot Elements, Theme
Order of Events, Conflict, Theme





Fiction: Point of View & Character
1st & 3rd Person
Narrator & Character Analyzation 
Figurative Language 



GED Test Strategies
In Class Worksheet #1


EE3 Body Paragraphs



Reasoning Through Language Arts Midterm Exam Or GED Ready (Official Practice Test) Reasoning Through Language Arts



Effective Arguments & Valid Arguments
Related Texts & Opposing Arguments
Writer’s Arguments & Assumptions




Analyze The Writing Prompt
 Analyze Arguments
Analyzing Arguments & Developing a Thesis Statement
Writing Practice 1





The Outline
Outlining the Response
Writing Practice 2


EE4 Conclusion



Review & Practice:
Analyzing Arguments, Developing a Thesis Statement, Outlining a Response 
Supporting Evidence
Collecting Evidence & Organizing Topics, Details & Examples in the Outline



Supporting Evidence (Continued)
Collecting Evidence & Organizing Topics, Details & Examples in the Outline




Body/Topic Paragraph Practice
Writing a Body Paragraph
Writing Practice 3



Conclusions & Introductions
Writing the Conclusion and Introduction
Writing Practice 4 & 5



EE5 Introduction



Practice Full Writing Response
Analyze Arguments, Develop Thesis, Outline Response
Write Body Paragraphs, Conclusion & Introduction
Writing Practice 6



Practice Full Writing Response (Continued)
Analyze Arguments, Develop Thesis, Outline Response
Write Body Paragraphs, Conclusion & Introduction
Writing Practice 6



Overview of Reasoning Through Social Studies & Science Reading Skills



GED Test Strategies
In Class Worksheet #2



Job Application Project
Job Skill 1 
Cover Letter Project
Job Skill 2



Resume Building
Job Skill 3



Comprehensive Review



Reasoning Through Language Arts Final Exam  Or  GED Reasoning Through Language Arts Exam


*CASAS Progress Testing date is to be determined.

Additional Information

The Career Ready You department is located on the 3rd floor of the Ware Student Commons on the Washington Street Campus.

Syllabus Created on:

06/01/22 11:24 PM

Last Edited on:

06/01/22 11:28 PM