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What You Should Already Know

There are no specific prerequisite courses that you need to have completed in order to take this course. You may have already taken the first part of the course, Reading Comprehension: Understanding Literature 1. If you have, great! You will be familiar with the format of the course. If you haven’t, don’t worry at all. You don’t need to have taken the first part of the course.

However, in order to be successful and have a good experience in this course, you should feel comfortable reading at a seventh grade level. Most of the contemporary literature excerpts included in the course are from Newbery Award–winning books. Some of the classic literature we will be reading is more advanced than typical seventh-grade-level literature, but throughout the course you will gain new skills and techniques that will help you deal with the more difficult literature.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

  1. Define specific feelings found in each unit.
  2. Read literature of various levels and themes.
  3. Review your knowledge of pre-reading comprehension strategies.
  4. Improve your reading skills through use of comprehension strategies during reading to actively construct the meaning of the text.
  5. Use comprehension skills after reading to reflect and learn from the text.
  6. Interpret and recognize different genres of literary texts.
  7. Express your reactions to the issues and themes found in the literature through writing and other activities.

Course Materials

The course manual is the only textbook or material required for this course.

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This course focuses on literature and reading techniques through a variety of reading assignments. The course is composed of eight units; each unit focuses on a different feeling.

The reading techniques of the units are broken down as follows:

Pre-reading technique

During-reading techniques: Monitoring your comprehension as you read

After-reading techniques

Additional information to help you read and interpret literary texts


Self-check questions check your comprehension of important facts about the unit. Self-check exercises do not count toward your grade, but they will prepare you for the unit quizzes. Additionally, at the end of each unit there is a section titled “Looking Back.” Take this opportunity to write and think more deeply about the issues found in the literature.

Unit Quizzes

Unit quizzes are more comprehensive, asking you to apply what you have learned so far in the unit and to interpret some of the meanings found in the selection. These questions are graded.

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The comprehensive final exam contains 50 questions. Although it is worth only 20 percent of your grade, you must score a 60 percent or higher to pass this course.

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The following shows the percentage breakdown for the assignments and the final exam:

Unit 1 Quiz 10%
Unit 2 Quiz 10%
Unit 3 Quiz 10%
Unit 4 Quiz 10%
Unit 5 Quiz 10%
Unit 6 Quiz 10%
Unit 7 Quiz 10%
Unit 8 Quiz 10%
Final Exam 20%

Remember, you must pass the final exam with a score of 60 percent or higher to pass this course.

Grading Scale
A 93–100%
A- 90–92%
B+ 87–89%
B 83–86%
B- 80–82%
C+ 77–79%
C 73–76%
C- 70–72%
D+ 67–69%
D 63–66%
D- 60–62%
E (fail) 0–59%

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


8 computer-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.


1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course.

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension. Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months.

Getting Help

You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

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Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.