Ten Steps to Mastering College Reading Skills
Ten Steps to Mastering College Reading Skills (titled Ten Steps to Advanced Reading in earlier editions) 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. Get a full brochure here.
Focus on the basics. The book seeks to explain, in an extremely 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. In the belief that progress is made largely through abundant practice and careful feedback, 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 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.) In addition, the Ten Steps Plus subscription accompanying this book includes thousands of interactive items,
complete with annotations that teach students the reading skills you select.
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 particular skill in Part One, review another skill with a mastery test, 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: it means that an instructor can assign parts of each chapter 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. 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. 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 titles. Note: Students 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).
Other eBook options. An eBook of this text comes with a subscription to Ten Steps Plus and will be available inside the Townsend Press Learning Center. An eBook is also available from the following vendors: Yuzu, Chegg, and VitalSource.
Changes in the New Edition
- Four new readings that speak to today's concerns. See, for example, "Hooked on Our Smartphones" and "The Truth about Fake News."
- A freshening of illustrations and practice materials throughout.
- Five added combined skills tests.
- A greater variety of reading selections in a wide range of content areas.
- Additional practice exercises, tests, and an eBook of this text are available to students with a subscription to Ten Steps Plus in TP's Learning Center.
Table of Contents
Preface: To the Instructor
- How to Become a Better Reader and Thinker
- Some Quick Study Tips
- Notes on Vocabulary in Context
- The Power of Reading
PART ONE Ten Steps to Mastering College Reading
1 Main Ideas
Reading: Hooked on Our Smartphones
2 Supporting Details
3 Implied Main Ideas
Reading: “Extra Large, Please"
4 Relationships I
Reading: Skills of Effective Face-to-Face Conversationalists
5 Relationships II
Reading: Hoover and Hard Times
Reading: The Ugly Truth About Beauty
7 Purpose and Tone
Reading: Self-Help Books
Reading: Diamonds Aren't Forever
9 Critical Reading
Reading: The Truth About Fake News
10 Active Reading and Study
Reading: Personal Conflict Styles
PART TWO Ten Reading Selections
1 The Paradox of Progress
2 Understand Your Nervousness
3 Consequences of Social Class
4 Types of Nonverbal Symbols
5 Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
6 Exploring the World of Business and Economics
7 Free College: Why Not Now?
8 Abusive Relationships among the Young
9 A Civil War Soldier's Letter to His Wife
10 The Spider and the Wasp
PART THREE Relationships and Combined-Skills Tests
1 Relationships Tests
2 Combined-Skills Tests
PART FOUR Readings in Science and Mathematics
1 Doing Well in Science and Mathematics
2 The Human Body: An Orientation
3 Introduction to Statistics Mario F. Triola
Limited Answer Key
Changes in the New Edition
- A new title. The previous title, Ten Steps to Advanced Reading, has been replaced with a title expressing more clearly that the final book in the TP Reading Series will help students achieve a level of reading independence and mastery.
- More cartoons and other graphics. Because so many students today are visual learners, there are additional illustrations to help introduce or reinforce points made in the book.
- New readings. The book includes four new readings that speak to today's concerns. See, for example, "Hooked on Our Smartphones" and "The Truth about Fake News."
- Expanded practice materials. Practice materials have been freshened or expanded throughout. For example in Part Three, there are now five additional "Combined-Skills Tests."
- A greater variety of textbook selections. Content areas include psychology, history, journalism, interpersonal communications, mathematics, biology, and anatomy and physiology. (See the list of all textbook selections on page vii, which follows the table of contents.)
- Expanded support. Additional practice exercises, tests, and an eBook of this text are available to students with a subscription to Ten Steps Plus in TP's Learning Center.
Ten Steps to Mastering College Reading Skills features the following print and electronic supplements—available at no charge to instructors who have adopted the text.
An Instructor’s Edition is available at no charge to instructors who have adopted the text. It can be obtained quickly by writing or calling Townsend Press (439 Kelley Drive, West Berlin, New Jersey 08091; 1-800-772-6410), by sending a fax to 1-800-225-8894, or by e-mail Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org. The IE is identical to the student book except that it also provides hints for teachers (starting on the inside front cover of the book), answers to all the practices and tests, and comments on most items. No other book on the market has such detailed and helpful annotations.
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 Series, Ten 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 titles. Note: Students 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).