Groundwork for College Reading with Phonics / Ten Steps Plus Bundle

Groundwork for College Reading with Phonics / Ten Steps Plus Bundle

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  • Author: John Langan
  • SKU/ISBN: 978-1-59194-480-5
  • Year: 2016
  • Page count: 612
  • Reading level: 5-8
  • Lexile Level: 850L
  • Weight: 2.25 lb
  • Availability: In stock
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Groundwork for College Reading with Phonics is ideal for students and adult learners in a very basic developmental reading or ESL course. Featuring major chapter additions, freshened content, and enhanced visual appeal, this text bundle also includes a 10-month subscription to Ten Steps Plus See tab below for details.

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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.

The Ten Steps Reading Series and the Common Core State Standards


Looking for a powerful, effective, Common Core-aligned resource to help you teach reading to your students? With the Ten Steps Series, you’ve got it.

For more than two decades, the Ten Steps Series has helped millions of students learn the reading skills needed for success in the classroom and beyond. Developed to prepare college students for the rigors of college-level reading courses, the Ten Steps Series addresses the competencies and benchmarks outlined in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for grades 6–12.

The connection between the Common Core and the Ten Steps Series emerges from their shared educational fundamentals. Both draw from practical classroom experience and research in the field of reading. Both focus on the same goal: to empower students to be strong, active, and critical readers. And both, in an effort to achieve this goal, outline a series of foundational skills students need to master. The Ten Steps Series goes one step further; it teaches these skills with a range of print-based and online practice exercises, assignments, readings, and mastery tests . The result has been a hugely successful series of books that have helped millions of college students transition from developmental reading courses into the advanced classes they need for degrees. This same trajectory of success is available now to middle and high school students.

Every one of the six books in the Ten Steps Series covers the CCSS Anchor Standards for Grades 6–12 itemized below, in the following categories: Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language.

In addition, all of the books in the Ten Steps Series also fulfill key CCSS benchmarks for the specific grade levels they span. The downloadable Ten Steps Series CCSS Grade-Level Analysis lists the specific CCSS benchmarks, by grade, covered in each of the Ten Steps books.

[1] CCSS Anchor Standards citations are coded as follows: The abbreviation of the instructional strand’s name and then the standard number. So the standard labeled “R.3” indicates the “Reading” strand, standard number three, which is “Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.” For a complete listing of the CCSS, please visit

Table of Contents

Preface: To the Instructor
How to Become a Better Reader and Thinker

Phonics and Word Parts
1     Consonants
        Reading: The Struggle Continues    Juan Angel 
        Mastery Tests
2     Vowels
        Reading: A Lesson in Love    Casey Hawley
        Mastery Tests
3     Syllables
        Reading: Friendship and Living Longer    Vicky Chan
        Mastery Tests 
4     Word Parts
        Reading: From Horror to Hope    Phany Sarann 
        Mastery Tests

Ten Steps to College Reading 
1     Getting Started

       Reading: A Parent Gets a Reading Lesson    Lucia Herndon

       Mastery Tests

2     Dictionary Use  

       Reading: Discovering Words    Malcolm X

       Mastery Tests

3     Vocabulary in Context

       Reading: One Less Sucker Lives    Jeanne R. Smith 

       Mastery Tests

4     Main Ideas

       Reading: Classroom Notetaking    Robin White

       Mastery Tests

5     Supporting Details 

       Reading: Winning the Job Interview Game    Marcia Prentergast 

       Mastery Tests

6     Finding Main Ideas

       Reading: Learning Survival Skills    Jean Coleman

       Mastery Tests

7     Signal Words I

       Reading: Migrant Child to College Woman    Maria Cardenas 

       Mastery Tests

8     Signal Words II

       Reading: Life Over Death    Bill Broderick

       Mastery Tests

9     Inferences 

       Reading: Dare to Think Big    Dr. Ben Carson

       Mastery Tests

10   The Basics of Argument 

       Reading: The Shocking State of the American Diet    Adam Taylor 

       Mastery Tests

Ten Reading Selections 

  1. 1.  Learning to Read: The Marvel Kretzmann Story    Mary Sherry
  2. 2.  The Blind Vet    Gail Hoffman
  3. 3.  The Fist, the Clay, and the Rock    Donald Holland
  4. 4.  It's Not My Fault    Roger Kennedy
  5. 5.  Joe Davis: A Cool Man    Beth Johnson
  6. 6.  Rosa: A Success Story   Edward Patrick
  7. 7.  The Lady, or the Tiger?   Frank R. Stockton
  8. 8.  Dawn's Story    Nancy Kerns
  9. 9.  Knowledge Is Power   Anna-Maria Petricic
  10. 10. What I Believe    John Langan 


Relationships and Combined Skills

    1. Relationship Tests
    2. Combined Skills Tests


            Pronunciation Guide 

            Writing Assignments

            Limited Answer Key 




    Reading Performance Chart

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    NEW! Ten Steps eBooks:

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    NEW! The Readings Bank:

    This collection of new readings—complete with Lexile scores, reading comprehension questions, and writing assignments—retains the same lively, high-interest tone and content found in our books.

    NEW! The Skills Bank:

    Exercises and tests from Ten Steps have been restructured for tutoring programs, labs, or co-requisite classes. The result? You can now choose the skill, level, and sequence you want to teach. Want to cover a unit on main ideas? Looking to teach a modular course on inferences? The Skills Bank makes it easy.

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    To become stronger readers, students need to read. With Ten Steps Plus, they can. eBooks of all 100+ titles in the popular Townsend Library are available AND can be assigned in classes.

    Exercises and Mastery Tests:

    The Learning Center has long hosted thousands of Ten Steps exercises and test items to teach reading skills. These acclaimed materials are now part of Ten Steps Plus.

    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. Crafted to teach key skills and concepts directly to students, these PowerPoints are available free to instructors in the Learning Center

    3. This discounted bundle includes a printed textbook and Ten Steps Plus, a collection of digital resources including an eBook of this and other Ten Steps texts, accompanying exercises, mastery tests, a comprehensive Skills Bank, a Readings Bank, and access to over 100 Townsend Library eBooks. NoteStudents must have a paid subscription to access Ten Steps Plus materials


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