Reading Courses - Textbooks - ACT Prep

Course

Title

Author

 Publisher and Year

 Comments

BE 121

Steps to College Reading

Seylar

Pearson/Longman
3rd Edition, ‘04

Has an emphasis on topic, main idea, details and transitions with ample exercises from simple to challenging.  They reinforce vocabulary skills through context; interesting readings at the end of each chapter with comprehension and vocabulary

Ten Steps to Building College Reading Skills    

I’ve tried several easier textbooks but this one has a real emphasis on Topic, M.I. and Details, as well as note-taking skills & vocabulary exercises

Books in this series are well organized with clear, logical content of high interest. There
is also an accompanying Text Bank booklet

Clear, step-by-step presentation; interesting reading selections; good practices and tests (Teachers Edition).

Breaking Through College Reading (with My Reading Lab & Webster Dictionary & Study Skills Booklet

B. Smith

Pearson/Longman
8th edition

Comprehensive coverage of reading skills. Adequate & varied selections from many sources
Reading & Studying For Success Morton & Hosey Burgess Int’l Group,
1984
This textbook seems to be just right!
Vocabulary Workshop Level E Shostak, Jerome

Oxford/Sadlier

Additional enrichment/practice
BE 122

 

Ten Steps to Improving College Reading Skills Langan Townsend Press,
4th Ed
 

Ten Steps to Improving College Reading Skills

Langan

5th Edition

New edition coming out in Dec. – adds color and graphics and chapter on critical reading.

  1. combined skill  tests at end of books
  2. good program in lab to reinforce skills
  3. get free set of class novels
  4. first-time text users get a free text for each book ordered

Clear, step-by-step presentation; interesting reading selection; good practices & tests (Teacher’s Edition)

Advancing Vocabulary Skills – short version Nist & Mahr Townsend Press
4th Edition
Will help students learn how to study
Bridging the Gap B. Smith Longman, 8th Ed

Good passages; will use it again

Clear and comprehensive coverage of college-level reading skills. Many selections for reading in many subject areas. Additional vocabulary enrichment.

Ten Steps Towards Advancing College Reading Skills Langan Townsend Press,
2004
Breaks down skills & then puts them together. If they can do this level rather than Intermediate book they will pass the ACT
Vocabulary Workshop Level E Shostak Oxford Univ. Press Additional enrichment/practice
Navigating to Clear Comprehension with QCC
Writers
Panteleo Kendall Hunt 2003  
Essential Academic Vocabulary: Mastering the Complete Academic Word List Helen Huntley Thomson/Heinle,  2006 Helps students acquire types of vocabulary needed in all disciplines; not too easy for 122; copied some chapters for use.
Focus on Vocabulary Schmitt & Schmitt Longman 2005  
Preparing for the CUNY-ACT Reading & Writing Test P. Licklider Pearson/Longman 2004 Used the strategies & practice tests. Worth students purchasing.
Vocabulary Workshop J. Shostak Sadlier/Oxford 2005  
Guide to College Reading K. McWhorter Pearson/Longman, ‘06 There’s a logical sequence of skills with readings across the content areas

RSVP 5th Edition

Shepherd

Houghton-Mifflin

I have found the text very comprehensive. It includes everything: college survival skills, study methods, comprehension skills, context clue skills and test taking techniques

BE 225

Building  Vocabulary Skills

Nist & Mahr

Townsend Press, 3rd Ed

Although neither of these books is an ESL text, they seem to work well with ESL students.  The two books compliment each other; in addition, the test bankbooks provide reinforcement of skills

 I have used this set of books (Building Vocabulary Skills & Ten Steps to Building College Reading Skills – see below information) for several years. They are comprehensive, teach the needed skills, and are best used together. The teacher’s edition is excellent and there are test banks for each book.

A level just a little beyond students’ current level, but workable, excellent! Challenging!

10 Steps to Building College Reading Skills Langan Townsend Press
3rd Ed
 
Topics for Today 5 Smith and Mare    
Excerpted from Scholastic: “ Literary Cavalcade”   Scholastic  
Groundwork for College Reading Langan, 4th Ed. Townsend Press Workable for most of the students even though a few of them still feel a little frustrated.
Reading and All That Jazz: Tuning Up Your Reading, Thinking, and Study Skills Mather & McCarthy McGraw Hill Wide array of skills: skimming/scanning, fact/opinion, bias main idea/supporting details, modes of organization in literature. A lot of reading and writing in book; sometimes overwhelming.
Topics For Today (5) 3rd Ed.  And various handouts from Time & College Bound Magazine Smith & Mare Thompson/Heinle, 2004 I rely on excerpts to supplement my textbook  and actively encourage as much reading as possible
Steps to College Reading Seylar Pearson/Longman, ‘04. This is sometimes a challenge but it prepares students for 226 better than some of the other texts I’ve used. 

BE 226

Guide to College Reading

McWhorter

Pearson Longman, 7th Ed

Has an emphasis on topic, main idea, details and transitions with ample exercises from simple to challenging.  They reinforce vocabulary skills through context; interesting readings at the end of each chapter with comprehension and vocabulary

This textbook has proven too difficult for the students in my class

Everyday Idioms      
Improving Vocabulary Skills Nist  & Mahr Townsend Press

Vocabulary is quite adequate.  Besides exercises in each chapter using the 10 words in the chapter, there are also topics suggested in the back of the book to use in class discussions.  Other topics are given which provide interesting ways for students to use vocabulary words in writing.

Gives practice for vocabulary words & has excellent suggestions for writing assignments using the vocabulary words that were introduced.

Ten Steps to Improving College Reading Skills Langan Townsend Press,
4th Ed

Most reading skills are clearly explained and each chapter presents a different skill, has various practice exercises, and contains a short story followed by exercises designed to reinforce the skills taught up to that point

Topics generally coincide with ACT questions. There are many passages, exercises, and tests to choose from. However, some readings seem skewed towards testing purposes, and some answers
are not “good.”

Develops reading skills in a clear, logical way & has some good reading selections.

Navigating Toward Clearer Comprehension with QCC Writers Pantaleo (Ed) Kendall/Hunt Helps students become familiar with the ACT format.
Preparing for the CUNY ACT P. Licklider Pearson/ Longman

 

College Reading: Study Skills (9th Ed.) McWhorter Pearson/Longman, ‘04 I found the passages in this book to be too difficult for the students I had in my section.  I don’t think I would use this book again.
College Reading & Study Skills (10th Ed.) McWhorter Pearson/Longman Challenging
Vocabulary Simplified (2nd Ed.) McWhorter Pearson/Longman Will not use again. Teacher’s Edition available on the Internet.
Vocabulary Workshop (Book E) Shostak Sadlier/Oxford Good book.

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