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PRAXIS English Subject Assessment 0041,0042,0043,0048,0049: Content Knowledge

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Practice for the PRAXIS and Get Teaching! 
 
First Edition! REA’s new PRAXIS II English Subject Assessments test prep helps teacher candidates master the information and excel on any of the four English Language, Literature, and Composition tests (0041, 0042, 0043, 0049).  
 
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Overview

Practice for the PRAXIS and Get Teaching! 
 
First Edition! REA’s new PRAXIS II English Subject Assessments test prep helps teacher candidates master the information and excel on any of the four English Language, Literature, and Composition tests (0041, 0042, 0043, 0049).  
 
A comprehensive review guides middle and secondary teacher candidates through all the content and process categories on the official Praxis II tests, which are required for certification in most states. Content categories include: Reading and Understanding Text, Language and Linguistics, and Composition and Rhetoric.  
 
Our book includes two full-length practice exams and detailed explanations of all answers for each of the four exams covered in this guide. Also includes a customized study schedule and REA’s test-taking strategies and tips.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738603896
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 2/16/2009
  • Series: Test Preps
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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About the Author 

Dr. Anita Price Davis is The Charles Dana Professor Emerita of Education and was the Director of Elementary Education at Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Dr. Davis earned her B.S. and M.A. from Appalachian State University and her doctorate from Duke University. She also received a postdoctoral fellowship to Ohio State University for two additional years of study.
Dr. Davis had worked more than 36 years at Converse College, where she served as the faculty advisor for Kappa Delta Epsilon, a national education honor organization. She also worked 5 years as a public school teacher. 

Dr. Davis has received wide recognition for her work, including a letter of appreciation from the U.S. Department of the Interior, inclusion in Contemporary Authors, and a citation of appreciation from the Michigan Council of the Social Studies. She has authored/coauthored 23 funded grants for Converse College. She has served as a mentor and  twice was President of the Spartanburg County Council of the International Reading Association. The state of South Carolina twice named her an outstanding educator, and she was twice a nominee for the CASE U.S. Professor of the Year. 

Dr. Davis has authored, co-authored, and edited more than 80 books. She has written two college textbooks, Reading Instruction Essentials and Children’s Literature Essentials. Dr. Davis has published several history books and is also the author of more than 80 papers, book reviews, journal articles, and encyclopedia entries. 

 

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 

If you’re looking to secure certification as an English teacher at any level, you’ll find that many states require one or another of the Praxis II English Language, Literature, and Composition Assessments (Test Codes 0041, 0042, 0043, and 0049). Think of this book as your toolkit to pass the test(s). It will help take the mystery and anxiety out of the testing process by equipping you not only with the nuts and bolts, but also, ultimately, with the confidence to succeed alongside your peers across the United States.

We at REA have put a lot of thinking into this, and the result is a book that pulls together all the critical information you need to know to pass the Praxis II English Language, Literature, and Composition tests. Let us help you fill in the blanks—literally and figuratively! We will provide you with the touchstones that will allow you to do your very best come test day and beyond. In this guide, REA offers our customarily in-depth, up-to-date, objective coverage, with test-specific modules devoted to targeted review and realistic practice exams complete with the kind of detail that makes a difference when you’re coming down the homestretch in your preparation. We also include a quick-view answer key and competency-categorized progress chart to enable you to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses.
 

ABOUT THE PRAXIS SERIES

Praxis is Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) shorthand for Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers. The Praxis Series is a group of teacher licensing tests that ETS developed in concert with states across the nation. There are three categories of tests in the series: Praxis I, Praxis II, and Praxis III. Praxis I includes the paper-based Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) and the Praxis I Computer-Based Tests (CBT). Both versions cover essentially the same subject matter. These exams measure basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills and are often a requirement for admission to a teacher education program.

Praxis II embraces Subject Assessment/Specialty Area Tests, of which the Praxis II English Assessments (0041, 0042, 0043, and 0049) are a part. The Praxis II examinations cover the subject matter that students typically study in teacher education courses such as language acquisition, school curriculum, methods of teaching, and other professional development courses. In most teacher-training programs, students take these tests after having completed their classroom training, the course work, and practicum.
 

The Praxis II English Assessments (0041, 0042, 0043, and 0049) cover the content areas of reading and language arts, literature, and composition and rhetoric. This study guide will deal with each of these broader content areas and with the subareas such as are found in English.

Who Takes the Test? 
Most people who take the Praxis II English Assessments (0041, 0042, 0043, and/or 0049) are seeking initial licensure. Twenty-eight states require both the English Literature Content Knowledge (0041) and the Middle School English Language Arts (0049) tests to teach middle school English.
 
Seven states require both the Secondary School Language Arts (0041) and the English Language Literature and Composition: Essays (0042) exams; two states—Utah and Arizona—require three of the exams, although Utah notes that in some circumstances all four may be required and to check with the licensing authority. Six states require both the Secondary School Language Arts (0041) and the English Language Literature and Composition: Pedagogy (0043) tests to teach English and additionally require the Middle School English Language Arts (0049) test to teach middle school English. We concluded that there is a significant reason to include the 0041 and 0049 exams in the same book. And our decision to include the 0042 and 0043 exams is supported by the fact that 14 states require the 0041, the 0049, and either the 0042 or the 0043.

You should check with your state’s education agency to determine which Praxis examination(s) you should take; the ETS Praxis website (www.ets.org/praxis/) and registration bulletin may also help you determine the test(s) you need to take for certification. You should also consult your education program for its own test requirements. Remember that colleges and universities often require Praxis examinations for entry into programs, for graduation, and for the completion of a teacher certification program. These requirements may differ from the baseline requirements the state has for teacher certification. You will need to meet both sets of requirements.
 
 

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Table of Contents

Contents 
 
CHAPTER 1
About This Book 
About the Praxis Series 
How to Use This Book 
Format of Each Test 
Scoring 
Studying for the Tests 
Study Schedule 
The Day of the Test 

CHAPTER 2
Reading and the Study of Literature 
Major Works and Authors of Literature for Adolescents 
Literary Forms and Elements  
Interpreting Texts
Teaching Reading 
References 

CHAPTER 3
Language and Linguistics 
First and Second Language Acquisition and Development 
History, Development, and Structure of the English Language 
Conventions of Standard English 
Semantics 
References 

CHAPTER 4
Composition and Rhetoric 
Teaching Writing 
Stages of Writing 
Features of Writing 
Analyzing Writing 
Assessing Student Writing 
References 

CHAPTER 5
Language, literature, and composition: Content Knowledge (0041)  
Reading and Understanding Text 
Language and Linguistics 
Composition and Rhetoric  
Practice Test 1 
Practice Test 2 

CHAPTER 6
Language, literature, and composition: Essays (0042) 
Scoring Guide 
Practice Test 1 
Practice Test 2 

CHAPTER 7
Language, literature, and composition:Pedogogy (0043) 
Teaching Literature 
Scoring Guide 
Responding to Student Writing 
Scoring Guide 
Practice Test 1 
Practice Test 2 

CHAPTER 8
Praxis II Middle School English Language Arts (0049)  
The Study of Reading and Literature 
Language Study 
Composition 
Constructed-Response Questions 
Scoring Guide 
Practice Test 1 
Practice Test 2 

Index
Pages for Essay Responses 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    There are better aids out there

    The instructions in this book were redundant. The first literature review discusses in too much detail the background of early fictional literature, such as myths, fairytales, and legends. The exam itself is much more geared toward the modern/romantic authors of the 20th century. There were certain sections that were overwritten, and I often found myself dozing off when reading the book. On the flip side, certain sections weren't covered clearly enough or with enough detail. The author also overemphasizes the importance of Afro-American literature on the OO41 (Content and Knowledge) exam. I personally did not notice as much coverage of black literature on the exam as the author reviewed in this study aid, if that's what you want to call it. For as much as this book costs, you'd be better off buying the Praxis study booklet that ETS offers. It's cheaper and much more effective. Don't waste your time with this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    Excellent prep for the Praxis II: English Content Knowledge

    I had to take the Praxis II with little background in the material. The book lays out what the Praxis is like and what the required content is. It breaks it down by type of question, for example, Literature review, language and rhetoric, and composition and provides you with all you need to pass that test. I beat my state's required score by 20 points and another state's by 16!

    If you can afford it, also buy the books that ETS offers online, after you register.

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    Posted November 3, 2009

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