Ten Steps to Building College Reading Skills / Edition 5

Ten Steps to Building College Reading Skills / Edition 5

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by John Langan
     
 

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Newly revised and better than ever, Ten Steps to Building College Reading Skills covers ten basic reading skills that are widely recognized to be essential for sound comprehension. The second book in the Ten Steps Series, It is suitable for the basic developmental reading course offered at most colleges.

Key Features

• �Focus on the

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Description

Newly revised and better than ever, Ten Steps to Building College Reading Skills covers ten basic reading skills that are widely recognized to be essential for sound comprehension. The second book in the Ten Steps Series, It is suitable for the basic developmental reading course offered at most colleges.

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 I � review and mastery tests in Part I � reading questions in Part II� combined-skills tests in Part III.

The limited answer key increases the active role that students take in their own learning. Also, they are likely to use the answer key in an honest and positive way if they know that they may be tested on the many activities and selections for which answers are not provided. (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 particular skill in Part I, review another skill with a mastery test, and provide variety by having students read one of the selections in Part II. 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 Parts I and II. They also learn to apply the skills together through the reading selections in Part I, II, and III and through the combined-skills tests in Part IV. They become effective readers and thinkers by means of a good deal of practice in applying a combination of skills.

• �Online exercises.��As they complete each skills chapter, students are invited to go online to the Townsend Press website to work on two additional practice exercises that reinforce what has been taught in the chapter.

• �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.

• �Supplementary materials.� Three helpful supplements are available at no charge to instructors who have adopted the text. See the "Supplements" tab above for details.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591942436
Publisher:
Townsend Press
Publication date:
06/28/2011
Sales rank:
114,881
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface: To the Instructor

Introduction

Getting Off to a Strong Start
One Reader�s Story
How to Become a Better Reader and Thinker

Part One
Ten Steps to Building College Reading Skills

1. Dictionary Use
Reading: Responsibility � M. Scott Peck
Mastery Tests

2. Vocabulary in Context
Reading: All the Good Things � Sister Helen P. Mrosla
Mastery Tests

3. Main Ideas
Reading: Group Pressure � Rodney Stark
Mastery Tests

4. Supporting Details
Reading: A Door Swings Open � Roxanne Black
Mastery Tests

5. Locations of Main Ideas
Reading: Body Language � Beth Johnson
Mastery Tests

6. Relationships I
Reading: Behind Closed Doors: Violence in the Family
� Michael S. Bassis, Richard J. Gelles, and Ann Levine
Mastery Tests

7. Relationships II
Reading: Wired for Touch � Deborah Grandinetti
Mastery Tests

8. Inferences
Reading: A Path to Marriage � Jean Sutton
Mastery Tests

9. Implied Main Ideas
Reading: Lighting a Match � Regina Ruiz
Mastery Tests

10. The Basics of Argument
Reading: Do It Better! � Ben Carson, M.D., with Cecil Murphey
Mastery Tests

Part Two
Ten Reading Selections

1. Winners, Losers, or Just Kids? � Dan Wightman
2. Owen, the Stray Cat � Emily Carlin
3. Eye Contact � Ron Clark
4. Disaster and Friendship � Chuck Wilson
5. Read All About It � Fran DeBlasio
6. Adult Children at Home � Marilyn Mack
7. How to Make It in College, Now That You�re Here � Brian O�Keeney
8. False Ideas about Reading � Robert and Pam Winkler
9. Dealing with Feelings � Rudolph F. Verderber
10. Childhood Stress and Resilience � Diane E. Papalia and Sally Wendkos Olds

Part Three
Active Reading and Combined-Skills Tests

An Introduction to Active Reading
Practice in Active Reading: Combined-Skills Tests

Appendixes

Separating Fact from Opinion
Identifying an Author�s Purpose and Tone
Writing Assignments
Limited Answer Key
Acknowledgments
Index

Reading Performance Chart

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