Ten Steps to Mastering College Reading / Ten Steps Plus Bundle

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Ten Steps to Mastering College Reading / Ten Steps Plus Bundle

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  • Author: John Langan
  • SKU/ISBN: 978-1-59194-534-5
  • Year: 2018
  • Page count: 674
  • Reading level: 10-14
  • Lexile Level: 1200L
  • Weight: 2.5 lb
  • Availability: In stock
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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 SkillsThis text bundle includes a 10-month subscription to Ten Steps Plus See tab below for details. Get a full brochure here.

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Key Features


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.

Ten Steps Plus. This textbook bundle comes with a subscription to Ten Steps Plusa robust collection of digital offerings to accompany this text. Contents include practice exercises, mastery tests, alternate mastery tests, more than 100 Townsend Library ebooks, and much more. Click here to learn more about Ten Steps Plus.  

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: YuzuChegg, 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.

The Ten Steps titles remain the best-selling reading series on the college market today. And in a nationwide study, students using the Ten Steps books achieved greater reading gains than those using other leading developmental college reading texts.

Top 10 Reasons Why Teachers Choose the TP Reading Series:

10. Expertise. The TP reading books draw from decades of classroom experience and research in the field of reading. As a result, the reading skills taught in the books correlate directly with the skills students need to know. If your aim is to help students become independent learners, the TP Reading Series is arguably the best reading program you can find.

9. Depth. Each book explains, in a clear, step-by-step way, ten essential reading skills. Each skill is reinforced by examples, practice exercises, and readings that require students to use the skill they've learned. The books focus on teaching lifelong skills--not just on quizzing or testing them.

8. Charity. Reading skills are abstract concepts. For students to learn them, skills must be presented in clear, friendly language and through meaningful content. The TP reading books set the standard for clarity and student-friendliness--a feature praised by students and teachers alike.

7. Interest. Passages and selections in the Ten Steps books are characterized by both their appropriate reading level and their compelling content. Focusing entirely on nonfiction, Ten Steps includes textbook excerpts, passages, and extended essays that are lively and appeal to students, regardless of level or background.

6. Flexibility. The books feature a modular framework that can be modified to suit any instructional context. Teachers can easily select which skills they wish to cover or skip, making the books suitable for students working independently, in small groups, as part of a lab/electronic class, or as a traditional class.

5. Interactivity. Learning requires students to engage with their materials. That's why Ten Steps is full of hands-on practice exercises. Both in the books and in our supporting electronic materials, students get immediate feedback to bolster learning.

4. Teachability. Ten Steps was created by teachers with an eye on the classroom. As a result, Ten Steps is teacher-friendly. The sequence in each book--from explanation to example to practice to review tests to mastery tests--is suited to focused instruction. Supplements, including the annotated Instructor's Edition, provide teachers with illustrative comments and helpful discussion tips.

3. Synergy. Ten Steps builds students' reading skills through cumulative lessons. Skills learned individually in Part One must be applied to reading selections in Part Two and to combined-skills tests in Part Three. This cumulative reinforcement prepares students for the demands of college-level reading--and standardized reading tests.

2. Rigor. Reading skills require critical thinking skills. Ten Steps features exercises that build both. Critical thinking activities--in the form of outlining, mapping, and summarizing--are a distinctive feature of Ten Steps. Through continued practice and feedback on challenging material, students become more effective readers and thinkers.

1. Price and Service. The books sell for a net price of $29. No competing publisher matches the prices of TP books. Our goal has always been to provide the highest possible quality at the lowest possible price.

If you have ever e-mailed or called us, you know that a real person answers the phone, and that we respond right away. And orders, including desk copy requests, are typically shipped out on the same day that we receive them. Our prompt, personal service is without equal.

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. The Power of Reading

PART ONE   Ten Steps to Mastering College Reading

 1    Main Ideas 
       Reading: Hooked on Our Smartphones
       Mastery Tests

 2    Supporting Details
Reading: Alcohol
       Mastery Tests

 3    Implied Main Ideas
Reading: “Extra Large, Please"
       Mastery Tests

 4    Relationships I
Reading: Skills of Effective Face-to-Face Conversationalists
       Mastery Tests

 5    Relationships II
Reading: Hoover and Hard Times
       Mastery Tests

 6    Inferences
Reading: The Ugly Truth About Beauty
       Mastery Tests

 7   Purpose and Tone
Reading: Self-Help Books
       Mastery Tests

 8    Argument
Reading: Diamonds Aren't Forever
       Mastery Tests

 9    Critical Reading
Reading: The Truth About Fake News
        Mastery Tests

 10  Active Reading and Study
Reading: Personal Conflict Styles
       Mastery Tests

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      

      Pronunciation Guide
      Writing Assignments
      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.

Supplementary Materials

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.

Print Supplement

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 cs@townsendpress.com. 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.

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).