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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome to A to Z, souljah00.

    What are you seeing on side 2 of your score report?
     
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    Hi,
    It has been approximately four years since I took the test the first time. After reading your past posts I started looking for my scores so I can look at the break down. I was so devastated after taking the first test I put off retaking it until now.
     
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    Hi,
    It has been approximately four years since I took the test the first time. After reading your past posts I started looking for my scores so I can look at the break down. I was so devastated after taking the first test I put off retaking it until now.
     
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    That's a story I've heard before...
     
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    Sorry to bother with the same old issue. A friend told me that I should get a high school literature book and review authors, ideology and time periods, would you say the same? Any other tips would be helpful, I am going to put my nose to grind and hope to pass the January test. Thank you in advance for your help.
     
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    No, no, I didn't mean that you're a bother, I meant that one hears a lot from people who are that sandbagged by not having done better. Several hugs to you.

    I'm not now recalling in which of the subtests you had difficulty. Refresh my memory, please?

    And in roughly what part of the state are you located?
     
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    Hi,
    I just meant I saw so many message where you had advised people on not throwing away the results. I didn't take offense. I am having difficulty with 105 and 106. I am located in the Central Valley. As a side note I have seen your posting in several different forums you wouldn't happen to familiar with dyscalculia would you? While focusing on my own tests I am trying to research learning disabilities in the area of math.
     
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    Familiar with dyscalculia? I'm not, but I might know some other people who can help.

    It's silly that I don't know the subtests by their numerical designations, but I don't: can you remind me which topics those cover and whether they're multiple choice or constructed response?
     
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    Multiple Choice
    105 - Literature and Textual Analysis Composition and Rhetoric
    106 - Language, Linguistics, and Literacy
     
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    For 105, note that you need both literature and composition. A high school literature text could indeed be useful, as could a couple of good anthologies, but you'll almost certainly need something else for the composition - what would be best is a book that tells you not only how to write but why you should write (and think) that way, and I can't think of any good ones offhand. (This is in part a reflection of the hour; I'm a bit short on brain cells.) You could do worse than to check Answers.com for "rhetoric", however.

    For 106, you need a decent quick overview of linguistics (which should also give a review of sentence structure). I wasn't impressed with the last edition of Freeman & Freeman's Essential Linguistics that I saw; there are at least half a dozen books that will serve better, ranging from Parker & Riley's Linguistics for Non-Linguists through Macaulay's beguiling The Social Art: Language and its uses down to Aitchison's cheap and quick but worthy Teach Yourself Linguistics. If your formal grammar is a bit sketchy, you might also want to add a grammar book. In addition, there's the matter of literacy. Cris Tovani has written a couple of fine books on how to teach reluctant middle-school students how to read, and those will touch on many issues you'll find relevant.
     
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    Thank you
     
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    Anyone have a recommendation for a textbook covering literature and composition?
     
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    Not for one textbook that does both, no, not really (though, hm, that's an interesting idea).

    Are you looking for something to teach with or something to recommend as a study resource, or what?
     
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    Study resource... I'm currently certified in Business and Marketing Ed, but looking to teach English next year. Taking the Praxis II (0041) in January. I think this forum is really useful. I printed out the study guides Elmer posted in the other thread, but wanted to see if another book would be good in addition to brush up on test material as Lit and Comp make up 85% of the test. Any help or thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    If your background's marketing, chances are you're not in bad shape on persuasive techniques: your task will be to connect the concepts you know with the labels you don't know. Start with SparkCharts for composition and rhetoric and for literary terms - these are useful laminated cheat sheets carried by Barnes & Noble. You might also try going through textbooks for intro lit and intro comp courses at your local university (or second-hand bookstore): these can be helpful in your classroom later, too, and that's a perfectly reasonable criterion to keep in mind as you set about rummaging through the resources.
     
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    Is there anyone who can assist me in studying for English Subtest II ? Any studyguides or web sites would be greatly appreciated.

    I have passed the other 3 exams as I am trying to add English as a suppliment to my History & PE credentials...Last time I took it my score was 215...Grammar seems to be the issue when reading the diagnostic.
     
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    215? Oh, joedags: you have my sympathy, though in fact a score so close does bode well for your eventual success.

    In which of the following do you think you most need help?

    a. Parts of speech and sentence combining
    b. Properties of human language and history of English
    c. Terminology in reading and the teaching of reading
     
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    There are grammar exercises at http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/grammar.htm, which is a Web site for English language learners (which means the explanations tend to be both thorough and clear).

    http://www.usingenglish.com/ is another Web site for English language learners, which means its explanations of grammar are more than usually clear. Try the grammar glossary at http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary.html

    http://www.arts.uottawa.ca/writcent/hypergrammar/ is another good choice.

    To be honest, my very favorite grammar guide is Karen Elizabeth Gordon's inimitable The Transitive Vampire, updated as The Deluxe Transitive Grammar and subtitled "A handbook of grammar for the innocent, the eager, and the doomed". The examples are hilarious - funnier if one has a good grounding in 20th-century literature.

    What makes grammar memorable is what makes anything else memorable: finding ways to bring the information home, so to speak. Start building your own repertoire of examples to support parts of speech. Look for songs (I retain a fondness for Grammar Rock) or perhaps even YouTube videos.

    In addition, practice. Dissect some sentences. Kids' grammar workbooks may be helpful, or you can try your hand at it here.
     
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    Hello Everyone
    I am looking for info for the Subtest IV (English 108). In November I took all 4 subtests and passed 3 of them, almost passed the 4th one. I actually only had 3 weeks to study. I used the study guides and practice tests from the cset-website and googled everything (literary definitions, etc). I don't know how much those helped, because when I took the test I felt like I was just guessing because most of the information didn't stick :) I guess I guessed right. However I didn't even study for the 4th subtests because there really wasn't any info out there, and it seemed easier.
    But now I registered to take it in March, and I don't know where to start studying. Does anyone have any suggestions?
    Thank you
    Marianna
     

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