Useful Web sites for single subject English/history

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  1. rdaporta

    rdaporta New Member

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    Teachergroupie, thanks again for your guidance.
    I have just printed the glossary of poetic terms, and I was wondering if I am missing any glossaries to prepare for the subtest III apart from the one I have just mentioned.
    I have also printed the glossary for the theatre part in Subtest IV. Do you have any input as what to prepare for the rest of the questions in this subtest?

    Thanks again, I really appreciate all your help!
     
  2. TeacherGroupie

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    CSET exams are explicitly aligned to California's content standards. You'll find both the Content Standards and Frameworks docs for English-language arts on the Web site of the California Department of Education, http://www.cde.ca.gov, under the Curriculum and Instruction tab. Anything that isn't absolutely clear, you can (and should) look up on line - use something like Answers.com.

    You might also want to search some of the threads for CSET English and for other states' tests for teachers of English.
     
  3. CSET Nut

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    OCDE Social Studies Books Still Available for Sale?

    I am preparing for the CSET Single Subject Social Science and came across this old post. I was wondering if these books are still available for sale?
     
  4. TeacherGroupie

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    OCDE still sells 'em, last I heard.
     
  5. andreadana

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    Hi! I'd be interested in buying a study guide from orange county for english subtest 1. I have already failed this 4 times because I do not have the right study materials. I would need it quick though if it's available as i'm writing again next saturday.
    thanks
     
  6. trayg81

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    Orange County Dept of Ed CSET English Study Guide

    Hey All!

    I live in Orange County and since I am local I picked up a copy of the CSET Subtest I English Study Guide and all I can say is, "wow!" So far, it is fantastic. Very comprehensive on the literature. I will post a follow-up after I take my exam on May 7th to let you know how helpful it really was. :)

    The OCDE has study guides for all the exams and while pricey ($50 for one subtest guide) I believe it is going to be well worth the money spent!

    If you are interested go to ocde.us click on "teachers" under "professional development" click on the CSET link and then "click here for study guide form." I called over and spoke with Lucy McGinley she was very friendly and helpful!
     
  7. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome to A to Z, trayg81!
     
  8. trayg81

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    Thanks!

    Im finding this site very informative!
     
  9. TeacherGroupie

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    Have you found the thread "Elmer's English resources" yet?
     
  10. trayg81

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    It contains actually information. The study guides are broken down by subtest. I purchased subtest 1 study guide and its 350 pages of information. Includes some link resources for specific topics. One thing I will say is there are quite a few typos, which I found slightly distracting. I plan on filing a complaint because it was $54 for the one booklet I feel it should be pretty error free. Overall, the typos didn't take away from the usefulness of the information.
     
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    I went over it, but found it a little overwhelming. To be honest I am taking subtest I and III Saturday I feel hardly prepared! There is just SO much information in the literature portion. So many authors, so many works, add matching them to their literary genre I feel like I am in a whirl! Hoping I can bring it all together by Saturday. I am studying hours on end each day. I will look over the Elmer's resource again because I originally looked at it when I first began to study.
     
  12. TeacherGroupie

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    Breathe, please.

    The glossaries contain words that you need to be able to recognize (for Subtest I) and use (in Subtest III); they're the technical terminology of English language and literature.
     
  13. trayg81

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    Breathe, good advice :thumb: I can be my own worst enemy at times haha. I printed all of Elmer's study guides and will review them in depth. Thanks again!
     
  14. lauritama2

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    Can anyone give me info about a CSET test prep in the Los Angeles area? A friend of mine asked for info suggestions (here in this forum) in 2005 --- the workshop was organized through LAUSD and it was helpful.... I'm trying to find out the same info?
    Need help in passing subtest III and IV in Englihs CSET?

    Would appreciate any leads...
     
  15. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome to A to Z, lauritama2, and hugs. How close are you coming to passing, and what are you seeing on side 2 of your score reports?
     
  16. trayg81

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    English Subtest I and III

    I Passed!!! Now I need to prepare for Subest II and IV. Can any suggest some online prep course that are reasonably priced, books, or resources? Maybe TeacherGroupie :)

    I really want to make sure I pass them!
     
  17. TeacherGroupie

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    Congratulations, trayg81! Do make sure you celebrate!

    Have you had a look at the free online materials yet, especially the subtest descriptions? If so, what content in each subtest has you most concerned?
     
  18. Jennburn

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    CSET English

    Hi Teachergroupie and Forum,

    I just wanted to say thank you for providing this information and for taking the time to personally answer specific questions. You are an angel among us! This has been an amazing resource. I only wish I had found it sooner. :dizzy:

    I will be taking Sections III and IV in July, 2011. This will be my third time taking attempting them, twice for both and once for Subset III alone. I don't feel bad saying that HERE but I can tell you I was mortified each time I did not pass. I'm doing everything I can to prepare myself for the test in July and this forum has been so helpful in that regard.

    It's important to mention that I have an 17 month old daughter and am eight months pregnant with my son who is due in July. I have financial aid waiting (grants) and am ready to begin my single subject credential program this fall. But I must have passed CSET III and IV before I can be admitted. July is my last chance to do this. I would prefer not to sit through a five hour test nine months pregnant but I also don't want to wait another year and go through the entire admitting process all over again. So here we are. It's not ideal but it is what I am working with.

    I took the first two sections of the CSET in November and passed them on my first try, scoring mostly +++, which I keep reminding myself means I can accomplish passing the rest of this test.

    The problem has been the writing. Literally. Having to compose these pieces using PENCIL and under a time crunch. Apparently, this is really tough for me! I have never had test anxiety before taking these tests. Granted, I have also not been pregnant while test taking but while practicing for the test in May, I did writing prompts. I found myself having anxiety then, as well! Unfortunately, I ended up leaving the test site that time in tears, not even having finished it because I took too much time prewriting. I have since found this site and am taking deep breaths and looking at the big picture.

    I downloaded Elmer's studyguides, they are a great resource. She took these tests 6 times before she passed them, so I know I'm not alone!

    I'm sharing my story so that it may give comfort to someone else preparing for these exams. And also to say thank you for this forum, it's truly a gem.

    Jennifer
     
  19. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome, Jennburn. You're making me blush.

    If the regular registration deadline hasn't passed - I can't recall whether it has, and I'm too tired to check - do please apply for alternate testing accommodation: you want to be able to get up and pee and move around and all during testing.

    What are you seeing on side 2 of your score reports?
     
  20. Jennburn

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    Re: CSET English score reports

    TeacherGroupie,

    The deadline hasn't passed, it's June 10th, so we're good. By the way, after I left the test site in tears I was told by a few of the proctors that I could apply for alternate testing accommodation. But when I called the CSET information line to confirm this a few weeks ago, they told me that I could only apply if I had a learning disability. I guess pregnancy doesn't qualify? I'm willing to apply anyway, just in case.

    Side 2 of my score reports:

    For sections I and II, the multiple choice performance were mostly fours (stating that I answered most of the items correctly). No problem.

    For section III, I scored a 172 out of 220 both times.
    Assignment 1: Comparison of Two Literary Texts. First attempt scored p,k,s. Second attempt k,d.
    Assignment 2: Analysis of Non-Literary Text. First attempt scored k,s. Second attempt p,k,s.
    Overall constructed response section +.

    For section IV. I scored a 180 out of 220.
    Speech scored s; Media scored k,s; Dramatic Performance scored a check mark. Creative Writing scored a check mark.
    Overall Constructed-Reponse Section: ++.

    I just got my scores for the latest test I left early, when I did not transfer information into the test booklet. Apparently you get 100 points for just writing your name? Because I scored 108 and 100 on III and IV, respectively.
     

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