Ten Steps to Advanced Reading, 2/e

Ten Steps to Advanced Reading, 2/e

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  • Author: John Langan
  • SKU/ISBN: 978-1-59194-295-5
  • Year: 2013
  • Page count: 658
  • Reading level: 10-14
  • Lexile Level: 1150L
  • Weight: 2 lb
  • Availability: In stock
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Ten Steps to Advanced Reading, 2/e is the most advanced title in the popular Ten Steps college reading skills series. It can serve as an independent advanced reading text or as a sequel (or a second-semester alternative) to Ten Steps to Improving College Reading Skills or Ten Steps to Advancing 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 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 relationships and combined-skills tests in Part Three are in the Instructor’s Edition and the Instructor's Manual.

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 engage students and teachers alike.

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 particular skill in Part One, review another skill 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 teacher can assign parts of 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 as well as the combined-skills tests in Part Three. They become effective readers and thinkers through repeated 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. In addition, four discussion questions at the end of each reading selection encourage student reflection, as do the writing activities that are provided for each selection.

Available electronic resources. This text can be purchased with Ten Steps Plus, a subscription-based collection of digital materials including interactive exercises, mastery tests, assessments, bonus readings, instructional videos, eBooks* of the entire Ten Steps Series, and more than 100 Townsend Library titles. Click here to learn more about subscription options, including discounted digital/textbook bundles.

*eBooks are not included with Ten Steps Plus LE (Limited Edition).

Efficacy Report. Results from a study that examined the impact of the Townsend Press Ten Steps Series on students' reading skills in higher education developmental reading courses are available (full reportshort report). This study was conducted by an independent research firm.

Changes in the Second Edition


• A full-color design.  Color has been carefully used throughout, not as window dressing but to add clarity and readability to the different parts of the book.

• More cartoons and graphics. Because so many students today are visual learners, there are many additional illustrations to help introduce or reinforce key points made in the book.

• Many new practice materials and readings. The book includes TEN new readings, and practice materials have been freshened throughout. For example, in Part Three there are now five additional "Combined-Skills Tests" as well as three new tests, each made up of twenty-five items, that give students additional practice in mastering relationships. (Such items are a common feature of standardized tests such as the College Board Accuplacer Placement Test.) 

• A greater variety of textbook selections. Content areas including psychology, history, interpersonal communications, sociology, business, health, criminal justice, literature, speech, mathematics, biology, anatomy and physiology.

• Expanded online support, including:

1. Web-based instructional videos. The Learning Center hosts hands-on video lessons which provided students with introductions to each of the ten chapters in Part One.

2. Online practice exercises and mastery tests. Each chapter of the book is supported by additional practice exercises and online versions of the book's mastery tests. These materials can be used to reinforce skills taught in the chapter or to assess students' learning.

3. Helpful PowerPoint files. A comprehensive collection of PowerPoint files covering the book's ten key chapters is available for immediate downloading.

4. Downloadable supplements. Electronic (PDF) versions of the instructor's manual and test bank can be downloaded directly from the Learning Center. These files give you the resources you need whenever and wherever you are—24 hours a day. 

5. Class management controls. The Learning Center allows you to control which assignments and tests your students can access. It also allows you to select different assignments for each class you teach, track students' progress, and simplify grading. To learn more e-mail cs@townsendpress.com or visit the Learning Center at www.townsendpress.net.

Table of Contents


Preface: To the Instructor


  1. How to Become a Better Reader and Thinker
  2. Some Quick Study Tips 
  3. Notes on Vocabulary in Context 
  4. A Reading Challenge


Ten Steps to Advanced Reading Skills

 1    Main Ideas 
       Reading: Getting a Good Night's Sleep Sora Song
Mastery Tests

 2    Supporting Details
Reading: Alcohol Charles G. Morris and Albert A. Maisto
Mastery Tests

 3    Implied Main Ideas
Reading: “Extra Large, Please" Alice M. Davies
Mastery Tests

 4    Relationships I
Reading: Skills of Effective Face-to-Face Conversationalists Rudolph F. Verderber and Kathleen S. Verderber
Mastery Tests

 5    Relationships II
Reading: Hoover and Hard Times Mary Beth Norton and others
Mastery Tests

 6    Inferences
Reading: The Ugly Truth About Beauty Dave Barry
Mastery Tests

 7   Purpose and Tone
Reading: Self-Help Books Wayne Weiten, Dana S. Dunn, and Elizabeth Yost Hammer
Mastery Tests

 8    Argument
Reading: Diamonds Aren't Forever Ruth A. Rouff
Mastery Tests

 9    Critical Reading
Reading: A Scary Time to Raise a Daughter Steve Lopez
Mastery Tests

 10  Active Reading and Study
Reading: Personal Conflict Styles Ronald B. Adler, Russell F. Proctor II, and Neil Towne 
Mastery Tests

Ten Reading Selections

1    Understand Your Nervousness Steven A. Beebe and Susan J. Beebe

2    Consequences of Social Class James M. Henslin

3     Types of Nonverbal Symbols Michael Drafke

4    The Roots of Happiness: An Empirical Analysis Wayne Weiten, Dana S. Dunn, and Elizabeth Yost Hammer

5    Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors Wayne A. Payne, Dale B. Hahn, and Ellen B. Lucas

6    Exploring the World of Business and Economics William M. Pride, Robert J. Hughes, and Jack Kapoor

7    Abusive Relationships among the Young Miriam Hill

8     A Civil War Soldier's Letter to His Wife Sullivan Ballou

9    In My Day Russell Baker

10  The Spider and the Wasp Alexander Petrunkevitch


Relationships and Combined-Skills Tests


Readings in Science and Mathematics

 1    Doing Well in Science and Mathematics

 2    The Human Body: An Orientation Elaine N. Marieb and Katja Hoehn

 3    Introduction to Statistics Mario F. Triola

      Pronunciation Guide
      Writing Assignments
      Limited Answer Key

Reading Performance Chart

Supplementary Materials

Print Supplement

Like all Ten Steps texts, this edition features an annotated Instructor’s Editionwhich is identical to the student book except that it provides answers to all the practices and tests. In addition, the Instructor's Edition includes useful hints for teachers as well instructive annotation to help scaffold lessons. No other book on the market has such detailed and helpful annotations.

Digital Supplements

1. A downloadable Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank includes suggestions for teaching, a model syllabus, and readability levels for the text and the reading selections. The test bank contains four additional mastery tests for each of the skills chapters in Part I—all on letter-sized sheets so they can be copied easily for use with students. This resource is available to all instructors in the Learning Center

2. Downloadable PowerPoint presentations have been crafted to teach key skills and concepts directly to students. These PowerPoints are available free to instructors in the Learning Center

3. Ten Steps Plus is a powerful subscription-based collection of digital resources for your college reading or college readiness program. Based on the acclaimed pedagogy of the Ten Steps SeriesTen Steps Plus is a 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 titlesNoteStudents must have a paid subscription to access Ten Steps Plus materials.  Click here to learn more about subscription options, including discounted digital/textbook bundles.  

* eBooks are not included with Ten Steps Plus LE (Limited Edition).

To Obtain Supplements

Print supplements can be obtained quickly by calling Townsend Press (1-800-772-6410), by sending a fax on school letterhead to 1-800-225-8894, or by e-mailing Customer Service at cs@townsendpress.comDigital supplements are free to educators with a valid instructor account in the Learning Center. Get yours here.