Have you ever arrived at the bottom of a page only to find that, although your eyes have moved through the text, you couldn’t remember what you just read? Or have you ever found yourself reading but thinking about something else such as getting gas on the way home or wondering what your friends are doing? One of the benefits of taking a reading course at JC is learning how to strategically read and comprehend material so you can take the information away with you. James Bryce may have said it best when he said, “The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.” Many believe that first we learn to read, and then we read to learn. In our JC reading courses, students learn to create meaning, develop connections and obtain knowledge from texts. Join us and become a strategic reader who reads to learn!

Reading Course


Using a wide range of reading materials, students will employ metacognitive processes to enhance understanding and will find connections between a text and 1) their own lives; 2) the world; and 3) other texts. They will also learn and practice strategies for expanding vocabulary. Student writing is a significant component of the course.