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Course SummaryThis study guide is designed to enhance your understanding of instructional strategies and styles employed by middle school reading teachers. Our video lessons and quizzes help you prepare for taking the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Middle Grades Reading exam.
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About This Course
This course will help you study for the GACE Middle Grades Reading exam, which is required for certification to teach reading in grades four through eight in Georgia. This study guide offers brief engaging lessons that cover topics you may encounter on the exam, such as:
- Writing development
- Strategies for literacy instruction
- Learning styles
- Diversity's influence on literacy
- Teaching styles
About the Exam
The GACE Middle Grades Reading exam contains 80 multiple-choice questions. It is a computer-delivered exam with a two-hour time limit. This test focuses on what you need to know to teach literacy in grades four through eight. The test is offered during specific testing window, approximately eight times each year.
GACE Middle Grades Reading Preparation & Registration
This comprehensive study guide reviews topics you'll see on the GACE Middle Grades Reading exam. You studied most of this material in college, but our lessons may provide some new information, too. Topics covered include theories and perspectives of language development. You'll review strategies for differentiated learning and ways to promote literacy in the classroom. Other lessons look at testing and other methods of evaluating learning. You can evaluate your own learning with the short exams that accompany each lesson.
To register for the exam, you must complete an account at the GACE website. When you register, you'll be asked for some personal data and to select when and where you wish to take the test. You can list the institutions you wish to be notified of your test scores. You can change the date or place or cancel the test up to two days prior to test day, but there are fees associated with this. You'll be sent an admission ticket, which you must print and bring with you to the test center, along with a government-issued photo ID.
Scoring the GACE Middle Grades Reading Exam
When you finish the exam, you'll be asked if you want to retain your results or discard them. If you opt to keep the results, you can see an unofficial exam score right then. A more detailed score report will be posted to your account about two or three weeks after your test date. The institutions you selected upon registration will be notified then, too. The minimum passing score is 220.
The GACE Middle Grades Reading exam is divided into three subareas. You are allotted two hours to complete the entire test, with no time limit on individual subareas.
Curriculum and Instruction
Percentage of test: 35%
Exam topics covered: Theories of reading and writing development in adolescents, instructional planning for reading achievement, selection of instructional materials, implementation of differentiated instructional approaches, use of print and digital media to enhance learning and instructional approached for English-language learners
What you'll study: By watching the lessons in our study guide, you'll review topics including theories of cognitive development, cognitive academic language proficiency, language acquisition, how to develop a safe learning environment, techniques for questioning in the classroom, media literacy, vocabulary, reading intervention activities and how to teach writing skills.
Assessment and Evaluation
Percentage of test: 35%
Exam topics covered: Reasons for assessments, assessment tools, state standards for student performance, development of classroom assessments, interpretation of assessment data, use of evaluation data to select reading resources and communication of assessment results to audiences
What you'll study: Why evaluations and assessments are important, types of assessments, pros and cons of standardized testing, testing bias, Bloom's taxonomy, bell curves, assessments using mean, mode and median, misuse of assessments, how to prepare students to take standardized tests and the emphasis on standardized tests are among the topics explored in our lessons.
Diversity and Literate Environment
Percentage of test: 30%
Exam topics covered: How diversity can influence literacy development, forms of diversity, teaching students to respect each other, how to help English-language learners, strategies for involving families and the community in learning and ways to use technology to promote learning
What you'll study: This study guide includes lessons on bilingual education, gender differences, influence of diversity on adolescent literacy, professional development activities for teachers, blended learning strategies, how to involve the family and the effect of culture and socialization on education.
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