Reading K–12
For Testing until 12/31/2023

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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 pertaining to 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. Barr, R., Blackowicz, C. L. Z., Katz, C., & Kaufman, B. (2012). Reading diagnosis for teachers: An instructional approach (6th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

    Emphasizes the careful observation of students in many types of reading and writing activities combined with the development and application of teachers’ diagnostic insights to help reading educators plan appropriate instruction. Useful for review of competencies 3 and 6.

  2. Beck, I. L., McKeown, M. G., & Kucan, L. (2013). Bringing words to life: Robust vocabulary instruction (2nd ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.

    Guides in selection of words for instruction, developing explanations of new words, creating meaningful learning activities, and getting involved in thinking about, using, and noticing new words. Based on a framework founded in research that contains practical strategies for vocabulary development. Useful for review of competency 7.

  3. Blachowicz, C., & Fisher, P. (2010). Teaching vocabulary in all classrooms (4th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

    Presents a comprehensive framework for seamlessly and effectively incorporating vocabulary into everyday classroom instruction across all content areas. Useful for review of competency 7.

  4. Block, C. C., & Israel, S. E. (2005). Reading first and beyond: The complete guide for teachers and literacy coaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

    Contains enriching ideas for all educators and summarizes the key areas of the Reading First program to provide a comprehensive understanding of its components. Useful for review of competencies 1 and 6.

  5. DeVries, B. A. (2008). Literacy assessment and intervention for K-6 classrooms (2nd ed.). Scottsdale, AZ: Holcomb Hathaway.

    Focuses on appropriate assessment strategies and interpretation of results with special attention to emergent literacy. Useful for review of competencies 2, 3, 5, and 8.

  6. Dow, R. S., & Baer, G. T. (2013). Self-paced phonics: A text for educators (5th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

    Offers practical instruction for pre-service and in-service teachers and helps them develop a sound understanding of both the content and pedagogy of phonics. Useful for review of competency 6.

  7. Fisher, D., & Frey, N. (2015). Text-dependent questions: Pathways to close and critical reading (Grades 6–12). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

    Teaches the best ways to use text-dependent questions as scaffolds during close reading. Useful for review of competencies 2 and 8.

  8. Fisher, D., Frey, N., & Lapp, D. (2012). Text complexity: Raising rigor in reading. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

    Focuses on quantitative and qualitative factors of text complexity as well as ways in which readers can be matched with texts and tasks. Useful for review of competencies 2 and 3.

  9. Frey, N., & Fisher, D. (2013). Rigorous reading: Five access points for comprehending complex texts. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

    Introduces a research-based approach to aid students in reaching a deeper level of understanding reading. Useful for review of competencies 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8.

  10. Gambrell, L. B., Morrow, L. M., & Pressley, M. (2007). Best practices in literacy instruction (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford.

    Offers the latest research on literacy instruction and best practices. Useful for review of competencies 5, 6, 8, and 9.

  11. Graves, M. F. (2006). The vocabulary book: Learning and instruction. New York: Teachers College Press.

    Offers a comprehensive plan for vocabulary instruction broad enough to instruct students with varying vocabulary abilities. Useful for review of competency 7.

  12. Gunning, T. G. (2012). Assessing and correcting: Reading and writing difficulties (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

    Infuses research and theory to create a balanced, practical approach to reading assessment, diagnosis, and remediation that includes sample lessons and strategies for teachers to aid in developing skills in word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, spelling, studying, and reading in the content area. Useful for review of competency 3.

  13. Gunning, T. G. (2013). Creating literacy instruction for all students (8th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

    Includes plans and strategies to develop appropriate lesson plans that enable students to achieve higher levels of literacy. Useful for review of competencies 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9.

  14. Honig, B., Diamond, L., & Gutlohn, L. (2013). Teaching reading sourcebook (2nd ed.). Novato, CA: Arena Press.

    Combines both evidence-based reading research and actionable instructional strategies to aid in the connection between theory and reality. Useful for review of competency 4.

  15. Johns, J. L., & Lenski, S. D. (2010). Improving reading: Interventions, strategies, and resources (5th ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

    Provides information about teaching reading from the basics of letter identification to fluency and comprehension as well as providing information about instilling motivation for young readers. Useful for review of competency 7.

  16. Reutzel, D. R., & Cooter, Jr., R. B. (2011). Strategies for reading assessment and instruction: Helping every child succeed (4th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

    Offers reference tools for matching strategies to student needs and information about reading diagnosis and assessment. Useful for review of competencies 1, 5, 7, and 8.

  17. Richardson, J. S., Morgan, R. F., & Fleener, C. E. (2012). Reading to learn in the content areas (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

    Provides information on how to teach students to use reading, discussion, and writing as vehicles for learning in any content area. Useful for review of competencies 4, 7, and 8.

  18. Roe, B. D., & Ross, E. P. (2006) Integrating language arts through literature and thematic units. Boston: Pearson.

    Integrates literature into thematic units to follow current thinking in the field and adapts instruction for English language and special needs learners to reflect the population of current classrooms. Useful for review of competencies 1, 2, 6, and 7.

  19. Roe, B. D., & Smith, S. H. (2012). Teaching reading in today’s elementary schools (11th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

    Ensures that teachers are able to help students learn not only how to recognize words, but also how to comprehend what they read. Balances new approaches to reading with more traditional foundations of strong skills and phonics instruction. Useful for review of competencies 4, 6, and 9.

  20. Rutherford, P. (2009). Why didn’t I learn this in college: Teaching and learning in the 21st century (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: Just Ask.

    Presents an overview of educator preparatory curriculum for preservice and inservice teachers. Useful for review of competencies 4 and 9.

  21. Samuels, S. J., & Farstrup, A. E. (2011). What research has to say about reading instruction (4th ed.). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

    Offers a broad and balanced perspective of the latest theory, research, and practice to provide a solid foundation for teaching students to read. Useful for review of competencies 1 and 9.

  22. Scully, P. A., Barbour, C., & Roberts-King, H. (2015). Families, schools, and communities: Building partnerships for educating children (6th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

    Provides a guide to establishing collaboration with families and the larger community that focuses on making the learning experience more productive and positive for all concerned. Useful for review of competency 9.

  23. Shanahan, T., & Lonigan, C. J. (2013). Early childhood literacy. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

    Analyzes research on identification of early literacy learning needs, phonological awareness and print knowledge, comprehension development, effective book sharing with young children, and curriculum-based language interventions. Useful for review of competencies 5 and 6.

  24. Slavin, R. E. (2009). Educational psychology: Theory and practice (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

    Translates theory into practices that teachers can use in classrooms with deeper inquiry into the concept of intentionality and integration of standards. Useful for review of competency 1.

  25. Taylor, C. S., & Nolen, S. B. (2008). Classroom assessment: Supporting teaching and learning in real classrooms (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

    Focuses on using assessment to enrich educational experiences and support learning needs for diverse learners. Useful for review of competency 3.

  26. Tomlinson, C. M., & Lynch-Brown, C. (2010). Essentials of reading young adult literature (2nd ed.). Boston: Pearson.

    Offers a well-organized, clearly-written overview of young adult literature. Includes extensive recommended book lists organized by genre and topic and annotated. Includes clearly stated positions on resistant readers, censorship, the literary canon, and technology. Useful for review of competencies 2 and 8.

  27. Tompkins, G. E. (2009). Language arts: Patterns of practice (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

    Strategies for teaching and assessing language arts. Analyzes the reading and writing processes and emergent literacy. Useful for review of competencies 1, 2, 3, and 9.

  28. Tompkins, G. E. (2012). Literacy for the 21st century: A balanced approach. New York: Allyn & Bacon.

    Offers a balanced approach to teaching reading and writing and provides insights into successful literacy teaching. Useful for review of all competencies.

  29. Vacca, R. T., Vacca, J. A. L., & Mraz, M. (2011). Content area reading: Literacy and learning across the curriculum (10th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

    Features real-world examples and research-based practices to aid teachers in the exploration of content literacy for all learners. Useful for review of competencies 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9.

  30. Vacca, J., Vacca, R., Gove, M., Burkey, L., Lenhart, L., & McKeon, C. (2012). Reading and learning to read (8th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.

    Discusses instructional practices and ways of encouraging success in reading and reading comprehension. Useful for review of competencies 2, 3, and 5.

  31. Woolfolk, A. (2007). Educational psychology (10th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

    Contains examples, lesson segments, case studies, and practical ideas from experienced teachers. Useful for review of competencies 1 and 3.


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