Ten Steps to Advancing College Reading Skills, 6/e

Ten Steps to Advancing College Reading Skills, 6/e

Author: John Langan

ISBN/SKU: 978-1-59194-434-8

Year: 2014

Page Count: 724

Reading Level: 9-13

Lexile Level: 1150L


Weight: 2.200

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Often imitated but never equaled, the Ten Steps Reading Series remains the best-selling series of reading textbooks on the developmental college market. Ten Steps to Advancing College Reading Skills is a high level reading text suitable for advanced developmental classes or as a second semester alternative to classes using Ten Steps to Improving College Reading Skills.

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Key Features of the Ten Steps Series


Focus on the basics.  The book is designed to explain, in a clear, step-by-step way, the essential elements of each skill. Many examples are provided to ensure that students understand each point. In general, the focus is on teaching the skills—not just on explaining them and not just on testing them.

Frequent practice and feedback.  Because abundant practice and careful feedback are essential to learning, this book includes numerous activities. Students can get immediate feedback on the practice exercises in Part One and Part Four by turning to the limited answer key at the back of the book. The answers to the review and mastery tests in Part One, the reading questions in Part Two, and the combined-skills tests in Part Three are in the Instructor’s Manual.

The limited answer key increases the active role that students take in their own learning. (Answers not in the book can be easily copied from the Instructor’s Edition or the Instructor’s Manual and passed out at the teacher’s discretion.)

High interest level.  Dull and unvaried readings and exercises work against learning. Students need to experience genuine interest and enjoyment in what they read. Teachers as well should be able to take pleasure in the selections, for their own good feeling about them can carry over favorably into class work. The readings in the book, then, have been chosen not only for the appropriateness of their reading level but also for their compelling content. They should appeal to a wide range of students—developmental students, students for whom English is a second language, and Adult Basic Education students. They also take into account the diverse backgrounds of such students.

Ease of use.  The logical sequence in each chapter—from explanation to example to practice to review tests to mastery tests—helps make the skills easy to teach. The book’s organization into distinct parts also makes for ease of use. Within a single class, for instance, instructors can work on a new skill in Part One, review other skills with one or more mastery tests, and provide variety by having students read one of the selections in Part Two. The limited answer key at the back of the book also makes for versatility: the instructor can assign some chapters for self-teaching. Finally, the mastery tests—each on its own tear-out page—and the combined-skills tests make it a simple matter for a teacher to test and evaluate student progress.

Integration of skills.  Students do more than learn the skills individually in Part One. They also learn to apply the skills together through the reading selections in Parts One and Two, and through the combined-skills tests in Part Three. They become effective readers and thinkers by means of a good deal of practice in applying a combination of skills.

Thinking activities.  Thinking activities—in the form of outlining, mapping, and summarizing—are a distinctive feature of the book. While educators agree that such organizational abilities are important, these skills are all too seldom taught. From a practical standpoint, it is almost impossible for a teacher to respond in detail to entire collections of class outlines or summaries. This book, then, presents activities that truly involve students in outlining, mapping, and summarizing—in other words, that truly make students think—and yet enable a teacher to give immediate feedback. Again, it is through continued practice and feedback on challenging material that a student becomes a more effective reading and thinker.  

(NEW) Available electronic resources. Ten Steps Plus is a subscription-based digital suite of exercises, mastery tests, assessments, and instructional videos; a Skills Bank; a Readings Bank; and eBooks* of the entire Ten Steps Series and more than 100 Townsend Library titlesNote: Students must have a paid subscription to access Ten Steps Plus materialsClick here to learn more about subscription options, including discounted digital/textbook bundles.   

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Other eBook options. A full subscription to Ten Steps Plus includes an eBook of this text inside the Townsend Press Learning Center. eBooks can also be purchased separately (without Ten Steps Plus) from the following vendors: CheggVitalSource, and Brytewave.

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