Biology 6 to 12

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Annotated Bibliography

The annotated bibliography that follows includes basic references that you may find useful in preparing for the exam. Each resource is linked to the competencies and skills found in Section 3 of this guide.

This bibliography is representative of the most important and most comprehensive texts as reflected in the competencies and skills. The Florida Department of Education does not endorse these references as the only appropriate sources for review; many comparable texts currently used in teacher preparation programs also cover the competencies and skills that are tested on the exam.

  1. Black, J. G. (2008). Microbiology: Principles and explorations (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

    Provides a basic introduction to the study of microbiology, highlighting key concepts. Emphasizes applications and real-life connections. Useful for review of competencies 3, 4, and 6.

  2. Campbell, N. A., & Reece, J. B. (2007). Biology (8th ed.). San Francisco: Pearson Benjamin Cummings.

    A comprehensive advanced resource and review text. Takes a technical approach to biological principles. Figures focus on the experimental process and illustrate important techniques in biology. Useful for review of competencies 110.

  3. Freeman, S. (2007). Biological science (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

    Uses evolutionary analysis and molecular biology as unifying themes. Covers topics organized under the following general headings: the origin and early evolution of life, cell functions, gene structure and expression, developmental biology, evolutionary patterns and processes, the diversification of life, how plants work, how animals work, and ecology. Useful for review of competencies 110.

  4. Goldberg, D. T. (2008). Barron's AP biology. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's.

    A concise review of biology topics, including biochemistry, the cell, cell respiration, photosynthesis, cell division, heredity, the molecular basis of inheritance, classification, evolution, plants, animal physiology, the human immune system, animal reproduction and development, ecology, and animal behavior. Contains an extensive laboratory section. Useful for review of competencies 110.

  5. Hyde, D. R. (2009). Introduction to genetic principles. Boston: McGraw-Hill.

    Emphasizes basic concepts involved in solving genetic problems. Teaches how to manipulate genetic data. Helps make connections between facts and their application. Useful for review of competencies 1, 2, and 5.

  6. Kaufman, J. A. (1987). Laboratory safety guidelines: 40 steps to a safer laboratory. [Online].

    Lists 40 ways to have a safer laboratory. Notes which steps have minimal cost and which require moderate expense. Useful for review of competency 1.

  7. Miller, G. T., & Miller, G. T., Jr. (2006). Living in the environment (15th ed.). Boston: Cengage Learning.

    Focuses on prevention of and solutions to environmental problems. Includes comparative diagrams. Useful for review of competencies 2 and 9.

  8. Miller, K. R., & Levine, J. S. (2007). Biology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

    Provides a basic introduction to all aspects of biology. Follows the National Science Education Standards. Useful for review of competencies 110.

  9. Postlethwait, J. H., & Hopson, J. L. (2006). Modern biology. Orlando, FL: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

    Takes a phylogenetic approach. Basic presentation of biological concepts within a historical framework. Useful for review of competencies 110.

  10. Raven, P. H., Johnson, G. B., Mason, K. A., Losos, J., & Singer, S. (2007). Biology (8th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

    Focuses on evolution as a unifying theme. Emphasizes natural selection and the evolutionary process to explain biodiversity. Useful for review of competencies 110.

  11. Ricklefs, R. E. (2000). The economy of nature. New York: W. H. Freeman & Co.

    Introduction to major aspects of ecology, from the ecosystem and evolution to population and community. Blends major principles and concepts of natural history with the idea of ecology as a practical science. Useful for review of competencies 9 and 10.

  12. Rutherford, F. J., & Ahlgren, A. (1990). Science for all Americans. New York: Oxford University Press.

    Explores what constitutes scientific literacy in a modern society; the knowledge, skills, and attitudes all students should acquire from their total school experience from kindergarten through high school; and what steps this country must take to begin reforming its system of education in science, mathematics, and technology. Developed as part of Project 2061 and available for free download from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Useful for review of competency 1.

  13. Sadava, D., Heller, H. C., Orians, G. H., Purves, W. K., & Hillis, D. M. (2008). Life: The science of biology (8th ed.). New York: W. H. Freeman & Co.

    Covers major concepts, including science and the building blocks of life, cells and energy, heredity and the genome, molecular biology, evolution, diversity, flowering plants, animals, and ecology. Useful for review of competencies 110.

  14. Salisbury, F. B., & Ross, C. W. (1991). Plant physiology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing.

    Provides a broad explanation of plant physiology, covering seed germination, vegetative growth, maturation, and flowering. Accessible presentation of the principles and results of research in the field. Useful for review of competencies 3, 4, and 7.

  15. Solomon, E. P., Berg, L. R., & Martin, D. W. (2007). Biology (8th ed.). Clifton Park, NJ: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.

    Provides comprehensive coverage of cell communication, genetics, evolution, diversity, ecology, and other key topics. Useful for review of competencies 110.

  16. Stern, K. R., Bidlack, J., & Jansky, S. (2007). Introductory plant biology. New York: McGraw-Hill.

    Emphasizes current ethnobotanical interests while presenting basic botanical principles. Useful for review of competency 7.

  17. Tortora, G. J., & Derrickson, B. H. (2008). Principles of anatomy and physiology (12th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

    Emphasizes the correlations between normal physiology and pathophysiology, normal anatomy and pathology, and homeostasis and homeostatic imbalances. Useful for review of competency 8.

  18. U.S. Department of Labor (2006). Safety and health topics: Laboratories. [Online].

    Provides a safety framework for laboratory and classroom experiments. Useful for review of competency 2.

  19. Whitney, E. N., Whitney, E., Means, D. B., & Rudloe, A. (2004). Priceless Florida: Natural ecosystems and native species. Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press.

    Includes extensive illustrations and photographs depicting Florida's natural areas. Explores Florida's varied ecological features. Focuses on stewardship of the state's flora, fauna, and landforms. Useful for review of competencies 2 and 9.

  20. Willey, J. M., Sherwood, L. M., & Woolverton, C. J. (2009). Prescott's principles of microbiology. Boston: McGraw-Hill.

    Concise, accessible discussion of microbiology. Integrates evolution, ecology, and diversity throughout the text. Includes microbial pathogens in chapters on diversity. Relates organisms' physiological adaptations to their roles as pathogens and makes comparisons between pathogens and phylogenetically similar microbes. Useful for review of competencies 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 10.

  21. Wright, R. T. (2008). Environmental science: Toward a sustainable future (10th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

    Strives for a balance between pure science and the political, social, and historical perspectives of environmental affairs using six unifying themes: sustainability, science, stewardship, ecosystem capital, policy and politics, and globalization. Useful for review of competencies 2 and 9.

  22. Zimmer, C. (2001). Evolution: The triumph of an idea. New York: HarperCollins.

    Uses a narrative format to chronicle the development of the theory of evolution from Charles Darwin to the Human Genome Project. Useful for review of competencies 2 and 10.


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