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Section 5: Preparation Resources
English Language Arts and Reading 4–8 (117)

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.


  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. Alvermann, D. E., Moon, J., and Hagood, M. (Eds.) (1999). Popular Culture in the Classroom: Teaching and Researching Critical Media Literacy. Newark, Del.: International Reading Association.

  2. Anderson, Jeff (2007). Everyday Editing Grades 4–8. Portland, Maine: Stenhouse Publishers.

  3. Anderson, Jeff, and Spandel, Vicki (2005). Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage and Style into Writer’s Workshop. Portland, Maine: Stenhouse Publishers.

  4. Atwell, Nancy, and Harwayne, Shelley (2007). The Reading Zone. New York, N.Y.: Scholastic Publishers.

  5. 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.

  6. Brown, H. D. (2003). Language Assessment — Principles and Classroom Practices. Glenview, Ill.: Pearson ESL.

  7. Goudvis, Anne, and Harvey, Stephanie (2007). Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement, Second Edition. Portland, Maine: Stenhouse Publishers.

  8. Lapp, D., Flood, J., and Farnan, N. (2004). Content Area Reading and Learning: Instructional Strategies. Boston, Mass.: Allyn and Bacon.

  9. Moats, L. C. (2000). Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers. Baltimore, Md.: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company.

  10. Norton, E. E. (2006). Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children’s Literature, Seventh Edition. Columbus, Ohio: Pearson Prentice Hall.

  11. 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.

  12. Smith, P. G. (Ed.) (2001). Talking Classrooms: Shaping Children’s Learning Through Oral Language Instruction. Newark, Del.: International Reading Association.

  13. 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.

  14. Texas Education Agency. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

  15. Tompkins, G. (2005). Language Arts Essentials. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Merrill/Prentice Hall.

  16. Tompkins, G. (2010). Literacy for the 21st Century: a Balanced Approach, Fifth Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson.

  17. Tyner, Beverly, and Green, Sharon E. (2005). Small Group Reading Instruction Grades 3–8. Newark, Del.: International Reading Association.

  18. Wagner, Richard K., Muse, Andrea E., and Tannenbaum, Kendra R. (2007). Vocabulary Acquisition Implications for Reading Comprehension. New York, N.Y.: Guilford Press.

  19. 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) —
  2. GovSpot, StartSpot Mediaworks, Inc. —
  3. International Reading Association —
  4., U.S. General Services Administration —
  5. National Council of Teachers of English —
  6. readwritethink —
  7. Texas Education Agency —
  8. Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts, The University of Texas at Austin —

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