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Section 8: Preparation Resources
Core Subjects 4–8 (211)

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.

Subject Exam I—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. 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.

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

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

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

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

Online Resources

  1. Capital Community College Foundation, Guide to Grammar & Writinghttp://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/
  2. Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)— http://www.eric.ed.gov/
  3. International Reading Association— www.literacyworldwide.org/
  4. Kids.gov, U.S. General Services Administration— www.usa.gov/education?source=kids
  5. National Council of Teachers of English— http://www.ncte.org/
  6. National Writing Project— https://www.nwp.org/
  7. Navigating the ELPS, Using the New Standards to Improve Instruction for English Learners, Canter Press, John Seidlitz— https://www.region10.org/r10website/assets/File/Navigating%20the%20ELPS.pdf
  8. Paradigm Online Writing Assistant— http://www.powa.org/
  9. The Purdue Online Writing Lab— https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html
  10. readwritethink— www.readwritethink.org
  11. Texas Assistive Technology Network— www.texasat.net
  12. Texas Education Agency— https://tea.texas.gov/
  13. University of Arkansas at Little Rock University Writing Center— http://ualr.edu/writingcenter/index.php/home/resources/handouts
  14. Writing Center San Jose State University— http://www.sjsu.edu/writingcenter/writingresources/

Subject Exam II—Mathematics

Journals

  1. Mathematics Teacher, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  2. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Other Resources

  1. Brahier, D. J. (1999). Teaching Secondary and Middle School Mathematics. Needham Heights, Mass.: Allyn and Bacon.

    Burns, M. (2000). About Teaching Mathematics: A K–8 Resource, Second Edition. Sausalito, Calif.: Math Solutions Publications.

    Coxford, A., Usiskin, Z., and Hirschhorn, D. (1998). The University of Chicago School of Mathematics Project: Geometry. Glenview, Ill.: Scott, Foresman and Company.

    Demana, F., Waits, B. K., Clemens, S. R., and Foley, G. D. (2007). Precalculus: A Graphing Approach, Seventh Edition. Menlo Park, Calif.: Addison-Wesley.

    Foerster, P. A. (1998). Calculus Concepts and Applications. Berkeley, Calif.: Key Curriculum Press.

    Hungerford, T. W. (2001). Contemporary College Algebra and Trigonometry: A Graphing Approach. Philadelphia, Pa.: Harcourt College Publishers.

    Ma, L. (1999). Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers’ Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics in China and the United States. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

    Morrow, L. J., and Kenney, M. J. (Eds.). (1998). The Teaching and Learning of Algorithms in School Mathematics. Reston, Va.: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc.

    National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (1995). Assessment Standards for School Mathematics. Reston, Va.: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc.

    National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (2000). Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Reston, Va.: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc.

    Newmark, J. (1997). Statistics and Probability in Modern Life, Sixth Edition. Philadelphia, Pa.: Saunders College Publishing.

    Rogawski, J. (2008) Calculus, Early Transcendentals. New York, N.Y.: W. H. Freeman and Company.

    Serra, M. (2008). Discovering Geometry: An Inductive Approach, Fourth Edition. Emeryville, Calif.: Key Curriculum Press.

    Swanson, T., Andersen, J., and Keeley, R. (2000). Precalculus: A Study of Functions and Their Application. Fort Worth, Texas: Harcourt College Publishers.

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

    Triola, M. F. (2001). Elementary Statistics, Eighth Edition. Boston, Mass.: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.

    Wallace, E. C., and West, S. F. (2003). Roads to Geometry, Third Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

    Williams, G. (2000). Applied College Algebra: A Graphing Approach. Philadelphia, Pa.: Harcourt College Publishers.

    Wu, H. (1999). Basic Skills Versus Conceptual Understanding: A Bogus Dichotomy in Mathematics Education. American Educator; v 23 n3, 14–19, 50–52.

Online Resources

  1. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics— www.nctm.org
  2. Texas Education Agency, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills— https://tea.texas.gov/Academics/Curriculum_Standards/TEKS_Texas_Essential_Knowledge_and_Skills
  3. West Texas Middle School Math Partnership— http://wtmsmp.mspnet.org

Subject Exam III—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. Arreola, D. D., Smith Deal, M., Petersen, J. F., and Sanders, R. (2003). World Geography, Texas Edition. Evanston, Ill.: McDougal Littell.

    Banks, J. A. (2001). Teaching Strategies for the Social Studies, Fifth Edition. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.

    Bentley, J., and Ziegler, H. (2011). Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past, Fifth Edition. Boston, Mass.: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

    Calvert, R. A., and De León, A. (2007). The History of Texas, Fourth Edition. Arlington Heights, Ill.: Wiley-Blackwell.

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

    Faragher, J. M., et al. (2012). Out of Many: A History of the American People, Sixth Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

    Gabler, R. E., et al. (2011). Physical Geography, Tenth Edition. Austin, Texas: Cengage Learning.

    Greenburg, E. S., and Page, B. I. (2010). The Struggle for Democracy, Tenth Edition. New York, NY.:Longman.

    Henretta, J. A., Edwards, R., and Self, R. O. (2011). America’s History, Seventh Edition. Boston, Mass.: Bedford/St. Martin.

    Janda, K., et al. (2012). The Challenge of Democracy: Government in America, Tenth Edition. Boston, Mass.: Wadsworth.

    Kagan, D., et al. (2013). The Western Heritage, Eleventh Edition. Boston, Mass.: Pearson.

    Kraemer, R. H., et al. (2011). Texas Politics, Eleventh Edition. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Company.

    McConnell, C., Brue, S., and Flynn, S. (2009) Economics: Principles, Problems, and Policies, Eighteenth Edition. Boston, Mass.: McGraw-Hill.

    Michaelis, J. U., and Garcia, J. (2011). Social Studies for Children: A Guide to Basic Instruction, Twelfth Edition. Old Tappan, N.J.: Allyn and Bacon.

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

    Norton, M. B., et al. (2012). A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, Ninth Edition. Boston, Mass.: Wadsworth.

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

    Welch, S., et al. (2005). American Government, Tenth Edition. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Company.

    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. National Council for Geographic Education— www.ncge.org
  2. National Council for the Social Studies— www.socialstudies.org
  3. State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), Approved Educator Standards— www.tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Preparation_and_Continuing_Education/Approved_Educator_Standards
  4. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Social Studies— http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter113/index.html

Subject Exam IV—Science

Journals

  1. American Biology Teacher, National Association of Biology Teachers.
  2. American Scientist, the Scientific Research Society.
  3. ChemMatters, American Chemical Society.
  4. Geology Today, Geologist’s Association.
  5. Natural History, American Museum of Natural History.
  6. Nature, The Nature Publishing Group.
  7. Science and Children, National Science Teachers Association.
  8. Science Scope, National Science Teachers Association.
  9. Sky and Telescope, Sky Publishing.
  10. Texas Science Teacher, Science Teachers Association of Texas.
  11. The Earth Scientist, National Earth Science Teacher’s Association.
  12. The Physics Teacher, American Association of Physics Teachers.
  13. The Science Teacher, National Science Teachers Association.

Other Resources

  1. Arny, T. T., and Schneider, S. E. (2013). Explorations: An Introduction to Astronomy, Seventh Edition. New York, N.Y.: McGraw-Hill.

    Arons, A. B. (1996). Teaching Introductory Physics. New York, N.Y.: Wiley.

    Audesirk, T., Audesirk, G., and Byers, B. (2013). Life on Earth with Physiology, Tenth Edition. San Francisco, Calif.: Benjamin Cummings.

    Biggs, A., Kapicka, C., and Lundgren, L. (2004). Biology: The Dynamics of Life, Texas Edition. New York, N.Y.: Glencoe.

    Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education, National Research Council. (2000). Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

    Chang, R. (2013). Chemistry, Eleventh Edition. New York, N.Y.: McGraw-Hill, Inc.

    Chiappetta, E. L., and Koballa, T. R. (2010). Science Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools, Seventh Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson.

    Crotts, D. (1995). Critical Thinking Skills: Science. Torrance, Calif.: Frank Schaffer Publications, Inc.

    Cunningham, W. P., and Cunningham, M. A. (2011). Environmental Science: A Global Concern, Eleventh Edition. Dubuque, Iowa: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

    Halliday, D., Resnick, R., and Walker, J. (2013). Fundamentals of Physics, Tenth Edition. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley.

    Hamblin, W. K. (2003). Earth’s Dynamic Systems, Tenth Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

    Hewitt, P. G., Suchocki, J. A., and Hewitt, L. A. (2011). Conceptual Physical Science, Fourth Edition. Boston, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.

    Joyce, B. R., and Weil, M. (2008). Models of Teachings, Eighth Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson.

    Kotz, J. C., Treichel, P. M., and Townsend, J. (2011). Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity, Eighth Edition. Belmont, Calif.: Brooks Cole.

    Levin, H. L. (2013). The Earth Through Time, Tenth Edition. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley.

    Lutgens, F. K., Tarbuck, E. J., and Tasa, D. (2009). The Atmosphere: An Introduction to Meteorology, Eleventh Edition. Upper Saddle, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

    National Research Council. (1998). National Science Education Standards, Fifth Printing. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

    Ostlund, K. L. (1992). Science Process Skills: Assessing Hands-On Student Performance. Menlo Park, Calif.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.

    Project 2061 (American Association for the Advancement of Science). (1994). Benchmarks for Science Literacy. New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press.

    Rakow, S. J. (Ed.). (2000). NSTA Pathways to the Science Standards: Guidelines for Moving the Vision into Practice, Middle School Edition. Arlington, Va.: National Science Teachers Association.

    Reece, J. B., Urry, L. A., et. al. (2010). Campbell Biology, Ninth Edition. San Francisco, Calif.: Benjamin/Cummings.

    Rezba, R. J., et al. (2010). Learning and Assessing Science Process Skills, Fifth Edition. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

    Santa, C. M., and Alverman, D. E. (Eds.). (1991). Science Learning: Processes and Applications. Newark, Del.: International Reading Association, Inc.

    Serway, R. A., and Faughn, J. S. (2011). College Physics, Ninth Edition. Boston Mass.: Brooks Cole.

    School Specialty Publishing (2006). Teaching Science Process Skills. Torrance, Calif.: Frank Schaffer Publications, Inc.

    Starr, C., Taggart, R., Evers, C., and Star, L. (2012). Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life, Thirteenth Edition. Belmont, Calif.: Brooks/Cole.

    Tarbuck, E. J., Lutgens, F. K., and Tasa, D. G. (2013). Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology, Eleventh Edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

    Tarbuck, E. J., Lutgens, F. K., and Tasa, D. (2011). Earth Science, Thirteenth Edition. Upper Saddle, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.

    Texas Education Agency. (2010) Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

    Texas Education Agency. (2010). Texas Safety Standards: Kindergarten through Grade 12, Fourth Edition. Austin, Texas.

    Thompson, G., and Turk, J. (2009). Earth Science and the Environment, Fourth Edition. Belmont, Calif.: Thomson Brooks/Cole.

    Whitten, K. W., Davis, R. E., Peck, M. L., and Stanley, G. G. (2013). Chemistry, Tenth Edition. Belmont, Calif.: Brooks Cole.

Online Resources

  1. American Association for the Advancement of Science— www.aaas.org
  2. American Association of Physics Teachers— www.aapt.org
  3. American Astronomical Society— www.aas.org
  4. American Chemical Society— www.acs.org
  5. American Institute of Biological Sciences— www.aibs.org
  6. American Physical Society— www.aps.org
  7. National Association of Biology Teachers— www.nabt.org
  8. National Association of Geoscience Teachers— www.nagt.org
  9. National Science Standards Matrix— www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/fosrec/Matrix.html
  10. National Science Teachers Association— www.nsta.org
  11. Texas Education Agency— www.tea.state.tx.us
  12. The Geological Society of America— www.geosociety.org

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