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Section 5: Preparation Resources
Social Studies 4–8 (118)

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. 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. Bjelland, Mark, et al. (2013). Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities, Twelfth Edition. Boston, Mass.: McGraw-Hill College.

  3. Boyes, W., and Melvin, M. (2013). Economics, Ninth Edition. Mason, Ohio: Cengage Learning.

  4. Calvert, R. A., et al. (2014). The History of Texas, Fifth Edition. Arlington Heights, Ill.: Wiley-Blackwell.

  5. Center for Civic Education. (1994). National Standards for Civics and Government. Calabasas, Calif.: Center for Civic Education.

  6. Chambers, M., et al. (2009). The Western Experience, Tenth Edition. Boston, Mass.: McGraw-Hill College.

  7. Davis, Casey R. (2014). Social Studies Comes Alive: Engaging, Effective Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom. Austin, T.X.: Prufrock Press.

  8. de la Teja, Jesus F., et al. (2015). Texas: Crossroads of North America, Second Edition. Mason, Ohio: Cengage Learning.

  9. Faragher, John M., Buhle, M. J., Czitrom, D., and Armitage, S. H. (2011). Out of Many: A History of the American People, Seventh Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

  10. Hayes, Ava, et al. (2010). Bring Learning Alive!: Methods to Transform Middle and High School Social Studies Instruction. Palo Alto, Calif.: Teacher’s Curriculum Institute.

  11. Johnson, Douglas L., et al. (Eds.). (2014). World Regional Geography: A Development Approach, Eleventh Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

  12. Kagan, D., et al. (2012). The Western Heritage, Eleventh Edition. Upper Saddle River: N.J.: Prentice Hall.

  13. Magelby, David B., et al. (2015). Government by the People, Twenty-fifth Edition. New York, N.Y.: Pearson Education.

  14. National Standards for History, Revised Edition. (1996). Los Angeles, Calif.: National Center for History in the Schools.

  15. Norton, M. B., et al. (2012). A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, Tenth Edition. Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth Publishing.

  16. Sadovnik, Alan R., et al. (2013). Exploring Education: An Introduction to the Foundations of Education. New York, N.Y.: Routledge.

  17. Texas Education Agency. (2011). Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Online Resources

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  3. National Council for the Social Studies —
  4. Texas State Historical Association —
  5. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History —

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