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Use a minimum of 250 words – 2 paragraphs from 8 to 10 sentences for each exercise.
Exercise 1
A) Discuss in detail the 4 steps of active reading and how you will use to strengthen your reading and remembering skills.

B) Provide at least 2 personal examples on how you will apply active reading and remembering strategies.

Exercise 2
A)Discuss in detail 2 Critical Thinking strategies you have learned that you will work on continuing to develop.
Provide at least 2 personal illustrations of your using these strategies.

B) After reading Kim’s late paper who did you decide was most responsible for Kim’s failing grade? Please post and justify using a strong critical thinking argument for this choice. Explain in detail.

Case Study in Critical Thinking: The Late Paper

Adapted from On Course (p. 40), by Skip Downing, 2014, Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

Professor Mason announced in her syllabus for online Visual Communication 101 that final

projects had to be posted to BlackBoard Learn by noon on December 10
. No students, she emphasized,

would pass the course without a completed project turned in on time. As the semester drew to a close,

Kim had an “A” average in Professor Mason’s VC 101 class, and she began researching her project topic

with excitement.

Arnold, Kim’s husband, felt threatened that he had only a high school diploma while his wife

was getting close to her college degree. Tyler worked the evening shift at a bakery, and his coworker

Phillip began teasing that Kim would soon dump Arnold for a college guy. That’s when Arnold started

accusing Kim of having an affair and demanding she drop out of college. She told Arnold he was being

ridiculous. In fact, she said, a young man in her history class had asked her out, but she refused. Instead of

feeling better, Arnold became even angrier. With Phillip continuing to provoke him, Arnold became sure

Kim was having an affair, and he began telling her every day that she was stupid and would never get her


Despite the tension at home, Kim finished her visual communication project the day before it was

due. Since Arnold had hidden the laptop and Professor Mason refused to accept late projects, Kim

decided to take the bus to the university and turn in the project a day early, in person. While she was

waiting for the bus, Cindy, one of Kim’s visual communication study group members, drove up and

invited Kim to join her and some other students for an end-of-the-semester celebration. Kim told Cindy

that she was on her way to turn in her project, and Cindy promised she’d make sure Kim got it in on time.

“I deserve some fun,” Kim decided and hopped into the car. The celebration went long into the night.

Kim kept asking Cindy to take her home, but Cindy always replied, “Don’t be such a loser. Have another

drink.” When Cindy finally took Kim home, it was 4:30 in the morning. She sighed with relief when she

found that Arnold had already fallen asleep.

When Kim woke up, it was 11:30 a.m., just 30 minutes before her project was due. She could

make it to the university in time by car, so she shook Arnold and begged him to drive her. He just

snapped, “Oh sure, you stay out all night with your college friends. Then, I’m supposed to get up on my

day off and drive you all over town. Forget it.” “At least give me the keys,” she said, but Arnold merely

rolled over and went back to sleep. Panicked, Kim called Professor Mason’s office and told Mary, the

administrative assistant, that she was having internet issues and couldn’t connect to BbLearn. “Don’t

worry,” Mary assured Kim, “I’m sure Professor Mason won’t care if your project is a little late. Just be

sure to have it here before she leaves at 1:00.” relived, Kim decided not to wake Arnold again; instead,

she took the bus.

At 12:15, Kim walked into Professor Mason’s office with her project. Professor Mason said,

“Sorry, Kim, you’re 15 minutes late.” She refused to accept Kim’s project and gave Kim an “F” for the


Listed below are characters in this story. Rank them in order of their responsibility for

Kim’s failing grade in Visual Communication 101. Give a different score to each character.

Be prepared to explain your choices. 1=Most Responsible; 6=Least Responsible

____ Professor Mason, the instructor ____ Phillip, the coworker

____ Kim, the student ____ Cindy, Kim’s classmate

____ Arnold, the husband ____ Mary, the administrative assistant

 DIVING DEEPER Is there someone not mentioned in the story who may also bear
responsibility for Kim’s failing grade?

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