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Section 5: Preparation Resources
English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies 4–8 (113)

The resources listed below may help you prepare for the TExES exam in this field. These preparation resources have been identified by content experts in the field to provide up-to-date information that relates to the field in general. You may wish to use current issues or editions to obtain information on specific topics for study and review.

English Language Arts and Reading

Journals

  1. Exceptional Children, Council for Exceptional Children.
  2. Instructor, Scholastic, Inc.
  3. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, International Reading Association.
  4. Language Arts, National Council of Teachers of English.
  5. Reading Research Quarterly, International Reading Association.
  6. The Elementary School Journal, University of Chicago Press.
  7. The Reading Teacher, International Reading Association.
  8. Voices from the Middle, National Council of Teachers of English.

Other Resources

  1. Anderson, Jeff. (2007). Everyday Editing Grades 4–8. Portland, Maine: Stenhouse Publishers.
  2. Anderson, Jeff, and Spandel, Vicki. (2005). Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage and Style into Writer’s Workshop. Portland, Maine: Stenhouse Publishers.
  3. Atwell, Nancy, and Harwayne, Shelley. (2007). The Reading Zone. New York, N.Y.: Scholastic Publishers.
  4. Bear, D. R., Invernizzi, M., Templeton, S., and Johnson, F. (2007). Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling. Columbus, Ohio: Pearson Prentice Hall.
  5. Brown, H. D. (2003). Language Assessment – Principles and Classroom Practices. Glenview, Ill.: Pearson ESL.
  6. Goudvis, Anne, and Harvey, Stephanie. (2007). Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement, Second Edition. Portland, Maine: Stenhouse Publishers.
  7. Lapp, D., Flood, J., and Farnan, N. (2004). Content Area Reading and Learning: Instructional Strategies. Boston, Mass.: Allyn and Bacon.
  8. Moats, L. C. (2000). Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers. Baltimore, Md.: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company.
  9. Norton, E. E. (2006). Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children’s Literature, Seventh Edition. Columbus, Ohio: Pearson Prentice Hall.
  10. Pinnell, G. S., and Fountas, I. C. (2007). The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades K–8: Behaviors and Understandings to Notice, Teach, and Support. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann.
  11. Smith, P. G. (Ed.). (2001). Talking Classrooms: Shaping Children’s Learning Through Oral Language Instruction. Newark, Del.: International Reading Association.
  12. Taylor, B. M., Graves, M., and van den Broek, P. (Eds.). (2000). Reading for Meaning: Fostering Comprehension in the Middle Grades. Newark, Del.: International Reading Association.
  13. Texas Education Agency. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
  14. Tompkins, G. (2005). Language Arts Essentials. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Merrill/Prentice Hall.
  15. Tompkins, G. (2010). Literacy for the 21st Century: a Balanced Approach, Fifth Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson.
  16. Tyner, Beverly, and Green, Sharon E. (2005). Small Group Reading Instruction Grades 3–8. Newark, Del.: International Reading Association.
  17. Wagner, Richard K., Muse, Andrea E., and Tannenbaum, Kendra R. (2007). Vocabulary Acquisition Implications for Reading Comprehension. New York, N.Y.: Guilford Press.
  18. Wepner, S. B., Valmont,W., and Thurlow, R. (Eds.). (2000). Linking Literacy and Technology: A Guide for K–8 Classrooms. Newark, Del.: International Reading Association.

Online Resources

  1. Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) — www.eric.ed.gov/
  2. GovSpot, StartSpot Mediaworks, Inc. — www.govspot.com/
  3. Kids.gov, U.S. General Services Administration — www.usa.gov/education?source=kids
  4. National Council of Teachers of English — www.ncte.org/
  5. readwritethink — www.readwritethink.org/
  6. Texas Education Agency — www.tea.texas.gov/
  7. Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts, The University of Texas at Austin — www.meadowscenter.org/vgc/

Social Studies

Journals

  1. History Matters!, National Council for History Education.
  2. Journal of Geography, National Council for Geographic Education.
  3. Social Education, National Council for the Social Studies.

Other Resources

  1. Bahmueller, C. F. (1991). Civitas: A Framework for Civic Education, Bulletin No. 86. Calabasas, Calif.: National Council for the Social Studies, Center for Civic Education.
  2. Banks, J. A. (1998). Teaching Strategies for the Social Studies, Fifth Edition. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.
  3. Boyes, W., and Melvin, M. (2010). Economics, Eighth Edition. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Company.
  4. Burns, J. M., et al. (2011). Government by the People, Twenty-Fourth Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.
  5. Calvert, R. A., and De León, A. (2007). The History of Texas, Fourth Edition. Arlington Heights, Ill.: Harlan Davidson, Inc.
  6. Center for Civic Education. (1994). National Standards for Civics and Government. Calabasas, Calif.: Center for Civic Education.
  7. Chambers, M., et al. (2009). The Western Experience, Tenth Edition. Boston, Mass.: McGraw-Hill College.
  8. Clawson, D. L., and Fisher, J. S. (Eds.). (2003). World Regional Geography: A Development Approach, Eighth Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.
  9. Faragher, J. M., et al. (2005). Out of Many: A History of the American People, Fifth Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.
  10. Fellmann, J., et al. (2005). Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities, Eighth Edition. Boston, Mass.: McGraw-Hill College.
  11. Gabler, R. E., et al. (2006). Essentials of Physical Geography, Eighth Edition. Austin, Texas: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
  12. Geography Education Standards Project. (1994). Geography for Life: National Geography Standards. Washington, District of Columbia: National Geographic Research and Exploration.
  13. Janda, K., et al. (2004). The Challenge of Democracy: Government in America, Eighth Edition. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Company.
  14. Kagan, D., et al. (2003). The Western Heritage, Eighth Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.
  15. Kraemer, R. H., et al. (2011). Texas Politics, Twelfth Edition. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Company.
  16. Michaelis, J. U., and Garcia, J. (2000). Social Studies for Children: A Guide to Basic Instruction, Twelfth Edition. Old Tappan, N.J.: Allyn and Bacon.
  17. National Center for History in the Schools. (1996). National Standards for History. Los Angeles, Calif.: National Center for History in the Schools.
  18. National Council for the Social Studies. (2010). Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Washington, District of Columbia: National Council for the Social Studies.
  19. Norton, M. B., et al. (2007). A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, Seventh Edition. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Company.
  20. Parkin, M. (2011). Macroeconomics, Tenth Edition. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.
  21. Parkin, M. (2009). Microeconomics, Ninth Edition. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.
  22. Shaver, J. P. (Ed.). (1991). Handbook of Research on Social Studies Teaching and Learning. New York, N.Y.: Maxwell Macmillan International.
  23. Texas Education Agency. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
  24. Welch, S., et al. (2011). American Government, Eleventh Edition. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Company.
  25. Welton, D. A., and Mallan, J. T. (2004). Children and Their World: Strategies for Teaching Social Studies, Eighth Edition. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Online Resources

  1. Best of History Websites — besthistorysites.net/index.php/lesson-plans
  2. Econfun for Teachers — www.econ-fun.com/sample_lessons.htm
  3. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Education Resources — www.stlouisfed.org/education_resources
  4. Foundation for Teaching Economics — www.fte.org/
  5. Historyteacher.net — www.historyteacher.net
  6. McRel — www.mcrel.org
  7. National Council for the Social Studies — www.socialstudies.org/
  8. Politico — www.politico.com/
  9. TeacherVision — www.teachervision.fen.com/

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