Reading & Writing
Welcome to Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW) at Northwest Vista College. We are here to help you build your reading and writing skills so that you can succeed in college level classes across all disciplines. The new INRW courses are INRW 0100, 0201 and 0420. These courses take the place of the former stand-alone reading and stand-alone writing courses, so that students who need these courses can complete them at an accelerated pace.
INRW = Integrated Reading and Writing
In the hopes of getting you into your college level classes more quickly and with a holistic approach to reading and writing, we offer you these courses:
INRW 0201 + ENGL 1301
INRW 0100 + ENGL 1301
Educators from across the state have developed new, integrated outcomes for students taking the INRW courses to ensure that students headed to college courses can succeed. Your INRW faculty at Northwest Vista College is working hard to make sure we meet these criteria and help you reach your college and professional goals.
Student Outcomes for INRW from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board:
- Locate explicit textual information, draw complex inferences, and describe, analyze, and evaluate the information within and across multiple texts of varying lengths.
- Comprehend and use vocabulary effectively in oral communication, reading, and writing.
- Identify and analyze the audience, purpose, and message across a variety of texts.
- Describe and apply insights gained from reading and writing a variety of texts.
- Compose a variety of texts that demonstrate reading comprehension, clear focus, logical development of ideas, and use of appropriate language that advance the writer’s purpose.
- Determine and use effective approaches and rhetorical strategies for given reading and writing situations.
- Generate ideas and gather information relevant to the topic and purpose, incorporating the ideas and words of other writers in student writing using established strategies.
- Evaluate relevance and quality of ideas and information in recognizing, formulating, and developing a claim.
- Develop and use effective reading and revision strategies to strengthen the writer’s ability to compose college-level writing assignments.
- Recognize and apply the conventions of Standard English in reading and writing.
INRW refreshers are designed to help you improve your reading and writing skills and take the placement test with renewed confidence. Refreshers are usually offered in a one-week format. You will work with an instructor and a Canvas course. A support instructor will be available to answer whatever questions you have. This is ideal for students who have seen the material before, but just need a review. At the end of the last class you will take a placement test, which will tell you the exact course you are eligible to take. It may even be one of the college level choices! At the end of the refresher your instructor will guide you to your next step in the registration process, which is group advising.
- Writing Strategy: Getting Started
- Writing Strategy: Redundant Acronyms
- Writing Strategy: Apostrophes
- Writing Strategy: Definite/Indefinite Articles
- Writing Strategy: Audience and Purpose
- Writing Strategy: Comma Splices
- Writing Strategy: Sentence Fragments
- Writing Strategy: Homonyms (Misspelled and Misused Words)
- Writing Strategy: Idioms
- Writing Strategy: Irregular Verbs
- Writing Strategy: MLA Format
- Writing Strategy: Modifiers
- Writing Strategy: Paragraphs
- Writing Strategy: Parts of Speech
- Writing Strategy: Passive and Active Voice
- Writing Strategy: Thesis Statement
- Writing Strategy: Transitions
- Writing Strategy: Wordiness
- Writing Strategy: Writing Process
- Strategies 01: Mumble, Read, and Listen
- Strategies 02: Skimming and Key Words
- Strategies 03: Marginal Notes and Mapping
- Strategies 04: Inductive/Deductive Reading and Annotating a Text
- Strategies 05: Reading/Rereading and Rumination
- Strategies 06: Reflection Points and Talking Through a Text
- Strategies 07: Hearing or Visualizing a Text
- Strategies 08: Start at the End and Summarize
- Strategies 09: Reading on a Walk and Moving When You Read
- Strategies 10: Confidence & Focus
- Strategies 11: A Special Place, A Journal, and Reading Rewards