ISBN-10:
0205420451
ISBN-13:
9780205420452
Pub. Date:
07/28/2005
Publisher:
Pearson
English Teacher Certification Exams in Texas: Strategies for Approaching ELA/Reading TExEs Exams / Edition 1

English Teacher Certification Exams in Texas: Strategies for Approaching ELA/Reading TExEs Exams / Edition 1

by Beatrice Mendez Newman

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Overview

This study guide is an excellent tool for anyone taking the English Language Arts (ELA) TExES exam with the ultimate objective of passing the exam on the first try.

The author's straightforward approach promotes and reinforces learning on many levels through a wide variety of written exercises to help reduce the anxiety typically felt when attempting this high-stakes exam. Along with its review of Test Field 117 (English Language Arts and Reading 4-8) and Test Field 131 (English Language Arts/Reading 8-12), this study guide also includes practical activities that address a broad area of English language. This book shows readers how to connect state-mandated certification requirements to the content of English and reading courses. The material is highly selective and is aimed at showing readers how to prepare effectively, efficiently, and pragmatically for the 4-8 and 8-12 ELA/Reading TExES exams and for the language arts components of the other exams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205420452
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 07/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

How This Book Will Help You.

What This Book Will Not Do.

Chapter Organization.

Pragmatism, Philosophy, and Test Preparation.

1. Understanding TExES.

A Brief Overview.

The TExES Framework.

Teacher Preparation Courses and TExES.

Strategy 1: Learning about TEKS.

Strategy 2: Learning from Educator Standards.

Strategy 3: Using Test Competencies as a Study Aid.

Strategy 4: Referencing English Course Materials.

Strategy 5: Understanding Test Item Structure and Content.

Strategy 6: Correlating TEKS, Standards, and Competencies.

Organizing Your TExES Materials.

Strategy 7: Color Coding Study Materials.

Strategy 8: Consulting Selected Resources.

Strategy 9: Keeping a TExES Journal.

Strategy 10: Developing a Study Plan.

Anticipating the Actual Test.

Chapter Summary.

2. Reading .

Getting Ready to Study: Correlating Your Reading Materials.

A Glossary of Selected Reading Terms and Concepts.

Classroom Practices: Reading.

Familiarity with Grade Appropriate Reading Materials.

Test Item Exercises.

Analyzing Reading Items on the Sample Test.

Selected Resources: Reading Practice and Pedagogy.

Chapter Summary.

3. Writing Practice, Process, and Pedagogy.

An Overview of Writing Theory and Pedagogy.

Coordinating TEKS, Educator Standards, and Test Competencies in Writing.

A Glossary of Selected Writing Terms and Concepts.

Classroom Practices: Writing.

Other Areas of Writing Practice and Pedagogy.

Test Item Exercises.

Responding to Writing Items on Sample Test.

Selected Resources: Writing Practice and Pedagogy.

Chapter Summary.

4. Literature.

Teaching Literature: An Overview.

Coordinating TEKS, Educator Standards, and Test Competencies in Literature.

A Glossary of Selected Literature Terms and Concepts.

Classroom Practices: Literature.

Test Item Exercises.

Additional Study Strategies for Literature Preparation.

Attempting the Practice Items.

Selected Resources: Literature Content and Pedagogy.

Chapter Summary.

5. Oral Language.

Oral Language: An Overview.

Correlating Oral Language Study Materials.

A Glossary of Selected Oral Language Terms and Concepts.

Classroom Practices: Oral Language.

Test Item Exercises.

Analyzing Oral Language Items on the Practice Test.

Selected Resources: Oral Language.

Chapter Summary.

6. Media Literacy.

An Overview of Media Literacy.

Coordinating TEKS, Educator Standards, and Test Competencies in Media Literacy.

A Glossary of Selected Media Literacy Terms and Concepts.

Classroom Practices: Media Literacy.

Media Literacy Exercises.

Study Strategies for Media Literacy.

Analyzing Media Literacy Items on the Sample Test .

Selected Resources: Media Literacy.

Chapter Summary.

7. Pedagogical Practices: Diversity, Technology, and Assessment.

TEKS and Educator Standards.

A Glossary of Selected Terms in General Pedagogy.

A New Look at Sample Items in TExES Preparation Manuals.

Selected Resources.

Chapter Summary.

8. Tactics for TExES Study.

Implement Your Study Plan.

Your TExES Journal.

Socialized Study: Forming a Study Group.

Studying the TExES Sample Items.

Devising Sample Units.

Afterword: A Note from the Author.

References.

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