Elmer's English resources, revived

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    Yay, you, Navywife1989!

    Now, for maximum benefit from the exercise: think about what you've learned - about the content but also about the process - that can help you help your future students.
     
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    Thank you for posting these resources. I will be taking the praxis II English Content Knowledge and hoping I pass with a score of 180. That is what I need with my GPA. Would anyone happen to have a list of resourses to study for the composition and rhetoric section of the test? Thanks in advance!!
     
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    Your local Barnes & Noble should carry SparkCharts, which are laminated study guides that are packed with information to flesh out by visiting the Internet. There's one on composition and rhetoric - I think it's oriented to the AP English Language and Composition test - that could help you.
     
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    Also the SparkCharts on Literary Terms will help you with the Literary portion and the SparkCharts on Grammar will help you with the Linguistics portion. I've got to raise my score by 5 little points and I'm studying these now in addition to the Composition and Rhetoric SparkChart and taking practice tests. Are you taking the Praxis II on April 30th because I am scheduled to take it on that day.
     
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    For a multiple choice question, a possible answer may contain more than one bit of information: it may make two statements, or it may contain two adjectives, or the like. Both need to be true for the possible answer to work.
     
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    Elmer, the English Grammar notes has been so helpful, thank you so much!!
     
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    I just discovered this forum and am so glad I did! I'm planning on taking the CSET English exam in September thereby giving me the entire summer to prepare. I've looked at Elmer's notes and its eased some of my nervousness. Besides Elmer's notes and I'm possibly buying the OCDE prep guides are there any other suggestions as to what I should buy/study with to help prepare for the exam? I have a good background with British Lit, although its been a few years since I took those classes and studied the dates and authors. My weakness is linguistics and the communications, media, speech section. I'd love any help, advice, suggestions, and tips. Thanks!!
     
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    For Subtests I and III, study the dates and authors, and for American lit and world lit too: one could do worse than a For Dummies or Complete Idiot's Guide book, though I deplore the titles. AP prep guides could help.

    Subtest II is linguistics but it's also literacy. If you don't have the California state content standards in English/language arts, you should - and you can download the pdf for free from http://www.cde.ca.gov (I think the link's right on the home page, but if it isn't, look under Curriculum and Instruction).

    You might consider splitting up the subtests: it's perfectly possible to take three or two or one, and you'll still have all five hours of testing time.

    I think LAUSD used to either sponsor or run a prep workshop in LA, but I don't know that it's still running. There are some options online or by Skype. Feel free to PM me for some ideas.
     
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    Where is your study guide???

    Where is your study guide?? I need help passing it!!!
     
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    Welcome to A to Z, English2011. You're looking for help with Praxis II English exams?
     
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    Thanks!!!
     
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    Were any of those geared towards English subtest 4?
     
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    If you mean the resources for the Praxis exams, wantingtopass, probably not.
     
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    First off, thank you for all the resources in this thread. I'm taking the Praxis II in March so I'm glad I found it. Unfortunately, I wanted to find a list of books that are found most commonly for the essays? Can anyone help me out?
     
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    If you're referring to the question I think you're referring to, m828, there used to be a list of possible sources in the Tests at a Glance doc (the free online study doc). The way that question works, you're posed a literary question and you're allowed to answer it from one (or several) from a list of a dozen or so literary works, and the works tend to be ones that get taught in most high schools and universities. The object of the question is less that you know A Particular Work than that you show off your ability to write a reasoned and thoughtful analysis of a work that's familiar to you.
     
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    Thank you for the advice
     
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    I know nobody's posted in about 3 years, but I just wanted to thank everybody on this board for their imput. I just took Subtest III & IV this morning, and I feel alright about it. I have I and II scheduled for tomorrow. Regardless, thanks a lot guys.
     
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    Keep us in the loop, please, bermudan!
     
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    I passed 1 and II! :) These resources really are magical.

    I received the printout right after taking it. It made my day.

    Will the score reports tell you how many points you actually earned?

    Now to wait for the III and IV results. :dizzy:
     
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    No, they won't: your score report (two subtests, one form) will just say PASSED. One can get a sense as to how one did, however, from the second sheet of the score report, which goes only to the test taker: you'll see a chart of performance indicators that breaks each subtest down by question type (the columns) and by domain within the subtest (the rows). Subtests I and II, atypically for CSETs, contain only multiple-choice items, so you'll see your performance on a scale from + to ++++, where - as with generals' ranks or Internet reviews - the more stars, the merrier. When you take Subtests III and IV, you'll see the +-to-++++ rating, but less priminently: what will catch your eye is the rating per domain and constructed-response question, for which you'll see either a checkmark (because you did at least adequately) or p, k, s, or d if you fell short in Purpose, Knowledge, Suppport, or Breadth and Depth. (Only the Subtest III responses can be assigned d.)
     

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