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KCC WIKI READS (redirected from KCCWIKIREADS)

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Welcome to KCC WIKI READS!

www.kccwikireads.pbworks.com 

 

 

 

Here are a few basic suggestions

about how you can start using it!

 

This Wiki is open to all students and faculty, but it is intended primarily for students in KCC's Development Reading/Writing courses (that is, ENG 91, 92, 93, 04, and R). If you look below, you'll see many different links. Each link will lead you to what we've called a "pack." There are two basic kinds of these packs. The first kind features short readings followed only by questions based on the CUNY R-ACT. The second type--and there are a lot more of these!--features longer readings followed by sample multiple-choice, short-answer, and essay questions. 

 

We have a few general suggestions about using these packs:

 

  • There are a LOT of packs, but you certainly do NOT need to review them all. We tried to give you a wide range of choices so that you can carefully select a few that seem most helpful.

 

  • They may seem like "test-prep" materials, but that is NOT their primary purpose! They are always meant to be used along with the longer readings and other on-going projects being done in each course. 

 

  • We have presented many different packs. We have cross-listed them by themes, so most titles are listed in two or three places.  We hope that if your class is working on themes such as "Diversity" or "Technology," then you can more easily find relevant packs.

 

  • Most of the packs have three distinct sections. It is very important to know that you DO NOT need to use all of them. So take a careful look at them and make the choices that work for you.

 

  • ALL of these packs can be downloaded AND adapted!! So please feel free to revise them to suit your needs! (YOU CAN'T DO THIS WITH MOST OTHER R-ACT SITES, SUCH AS THE JOHN JAY SITE...)

 

  • NEW!! Please note that we have recently added links to the acclaimed TED talks! (That stands for Technology, Education, and Design.) You'll soon see that these videos feature presentations about many types of innovations, and these videos all have written transcripts so you can review them more closely. They also feature links to other videos and sources--they will give you plenty to think about! (For this reason, we have NOT added the usual reading and writing questions. To work with these, just click the "link.")

  

We also have some more detailed suggestions about using the packs, and these can easily be found in Getting started.doc (click link, then click download tab)

 

Also, please note that we have a few helpful links on our SideBar (click), or see right side of screen labeled "SideBar"

 

Good luck!

 

Gene McQuillan (genekcc@aol.com)                         

Amy Washburn (amywashburn@kbcc.cuny.edu)

John Yi (johndavidyi@gmail.com)

 

 

PACKS FEATURING ONLY R-ACT BASED QUESTIONS

 

Please note that these packs have "themes." This is NOT typical of actual R-ACT tests, but we think it will give you a clearer sense of how very different questions might be asked about one topic, such as "Education." Also note that all of these have ANSWER KEYS, so you can check your own score; the answer keys also have explanations, so please take the time to review them (even for the answers that you got right!).

 

Please note that there is a special pack which provides different perspectives on the KCC Reads text--Eating Animals!

 

Trying to Make Sense of Income Inequality--RACTs.doc 

Diversity in America R-ACTs.doc 

-Science- R-ACT new.doc

-Education- R-ACTs new.doc

Defining America's Basic Rights .doc 

Tales of Two Cities--RACT .doc 

 

Eating Animals--RACTs.doc

 

 

 

 

PACKS FEATURING A LONGER READING AND MORE VARIED QUESTIONS

 

NOTE TO BOTH TEACHERS AND STUDENTS:  THE DIFFERENT QUESTIONS THAT YOU'LL FIND HERE ARE SIMILAR TO THE SORTS OF QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY ENCOUNTER WHILE DOING THE CUNY R-ACT, THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT READING EXAM, AND YOUR PORTFOLIO PAPERS. HOWEVER, THE QUESTIONS ARE REALLY INTENDED TO HELP DEVELOP STUDENTS' UNDERSTANDING OF BASIC READING/WRITING ASSIGNMENTS AND ESSAYS THAT MAY APPEAR IN A RANGE OF KCC COURSES (SUCH AS PSY 11, SOC 31, BA 11, HIS 51, PHI 76, AND SO ON.....)

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT A FEW OF THE READINGS HAVE BEEN MARKED**. THESE READINGS ARE LONGER AND MORE COMPLEX THAT THE REST, AND THEY WOULD BE BETTER SUITED FOR CLASS REVIEW RATHER THAN INDEPENDENT STUDY. FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MANY READINGS ARE ORGANIZED BY THEMES, SUCH AS "RE-THINKING EDUCATION"OR "DIVERSITY," ETC.

 

 

Re-thinking Education:

Illegal immigration and college costs.doc 

Science and Politics.doc 

iPads to the rescue.doc

-Education- R-ACTs new.doc

Coming to an Awareness of Language updated.doc

 

TED TALK: Ken Robinson, "How Schools Kill Creativity"

http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity

 

TED TALK: Angela Lee Duckworth, "The Key to Success? Grit"

https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_the_key_to_success_grit

 

Evidence vs. Assumptions:

Bilingualism in America.doc 

Science and Politics.doc 

More Women in Wars.doc 

crimes and statistics.doc 

False Autobiographies (advanced).doc**

 

TED TALK: Talithia Williams, "Own Your Body's Data"

https://www.ted.com/talks/talithia_williams_own_your_body_s_data

 

TED TALK: David Epstein, "Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?"

https://www.ted.com/talks/david_epstein_are_athletes_really_getting_faster_better_stronger

 

Immigration:

Diversity in America R-ACTs.doc 

The Most Diverse Place in America Is _____.doc 

Illegal immigration and college costs.doc 

Bilingualism in America.doc 

Victor_Z._or_Vartan_Zhamkochyan.doc

 

TED TALK: Tan Le, "My Immigration Story"

https://www.ted.com/talks/tan_le_my_immigration_story

 

TED TALK: Nadia al Sakkaf, "See Yemen through My Eyes"

https://www.ted.com/talks/nadia_al_sakkaf_see_yemen_through_my_eyes

 

 

Religion and Culture:

Wearing the veil.doc

Mixing science and religion.doc

 

TED TALK: Karina Bennoune, "When People of Muslim Heritage Challenge Fundamentalism"

https://www.ted.com/talks/karima_bennoune_the_side_of_terrorism_that_doesn_t_make_headlines

 

TED TALK: Alin be Botton, "Atheism 2.0"

https://www.ted.com/talks/alain_de_botton_atheism_2_0

 

Ethics and Crimes:

Defining America's Basic Rights .doc 

Athletes as role models--for wiki.doc

What's for Sale.doc

crimes and statistics.doc 

Liars and cheaters.doc

 

TED TALK: Jeff Hancock, "The Future of Lying"

https://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_hancock_3_types_of_digital_lies

 

TED TALK: William Black, "How To Rob a Bank"

https://www.ted.com/talks/william_black_how_to_rob_a_bank_from_the_inside_that_is

 

 

$$$$$:

Trying to Make Sense of Income Inequality--RACTs.doc 

What's for Sale.doc

NFL and bankrupt players.doc

Jobs for women--for wiki.doc

STEM.doc

Tales of Two Cities--RACT .doc

 

TED TALK, Bono, "The Good News on Poverty"

https://www.ted.com/talks/bono_the_good_news_on_poverty_yes_there_s_good_news

 

TED TALK: John Wooden, "The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding."

https://www.ted.com/talks/john_wooden_on_the_difference_between_winning_and_success

 

 

Sports and Fame:

Genetically Modified Olympians.doc 

Gay Athletes Coming Out.doc 

NFL and bankrupt players.doc

Athletes as role models--for wiki.doc

Liars and cheaters.doc

 

TED TALK: Chris Kluwe, "Augmented Reality and Sports"

https://www.ted.com/talks/chris_kluwe_how_augmented_reality_will_change_sports_and_build_empathy

 

TED TALK: May el Khalil, "Making Peace Is a Marathon"

https://www.ted.com/talks/may_el_khalil_making_peace_is_a_marathon

 

 

Psychology and Culture:

Praising Violent Video Games.doc 

Should we be re-thinking Down Syndrome.doc** 

Does music help autistic children .doc 

False Autobiographies (advanced).doc** 

 

TED TALK: Rosie King, "How Autism Freed Me to Be Myself."

https://www.ted.com/talks/rosie_king_how_autism_freed_me_to_be_myself

 

TED TALK: Susan Cain, "The Power of Introverts"

https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts

 

Diversity and Identity:

Wearing the veil.doc  

The Most Diverse Place in America Is _____.doc 

Diversity in America R-ACTs.doc

More Women in Wars.doc 

Gay Athletes Coming Out.doc 

Victor_Z._or_Vartan_Zhamkochyan.doc

Jobs for women--for wiki.doc

Does music help autistic children .doc 

Should we be re-thinking Down Syndrome.doc**

 

TED TALK: Sarah Jones, "What Does the Future Hold?"

https://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_jones_what_does_the_future_hold_11_characters_offer_quirky_answers

 

TED TALK: Meaghan Ramsey, "Why Thinking You're Ugly Is Bad for You."

https://www.ted.com/talks/meaghan_ramsey_why_thinking_you_re_ugly_is_bad_for_you

 

Technology:

iPads to the rescue.doc

Praising Violent Video Games.doc 

Genetically Modified Olympians.doc 

-Science- R-ACT new.doc

STEM.doc

Tapping into Texting.doc

 

TED TALK: Ray Kurweil, "The Accelerating Power of Technology"

https://www.ted.com/talks/ray_kurzweil_on_how_technology_will_transform_us

 

TED TALK: Joi Ito, "Want To Innovate? Become a Now-ist"

https://www.ted.com/talks/joi_ito_want_to_innovate_become_a_now_ist

 

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