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Since the publication of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School, teachers have contacted Charlene Tess asking for a middle school version of the book with a set of exercises different from those in Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School, so that they could use their copy of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School with more than one grade level.

So here it is. This eBook is aligned with the ELA.Literacy Common Core Elements.

In this new 132 page book, Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for Middle School by Charlene Tess, you will find brand new group practice sheets, individual practice sheets, tests, and writing connection pages. The lesson notes, the student page lesson practice and overhead transparency pages are exactly the same as were in the original Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School edition, but the group practice sheets, individual practice, sheets, tests and writing connection pages are all new and different. Now you can use the same, simple, yet highly effective method with students at whatever grade level you teach. Of course, the answers are provided, just to make your job easier.
Note: If all you need is the new exercises, tests, and writing connection pages, and not the notes, lesson pages, and overhead transparency pages, you may want to download the Simple Steps to Sentence Sense PACKET instead of this book. But if you want the whole package including the notes, lesson pages, overhead transparency pages, group practice sheets, individual practice, sheets, tests and writing connection pages, then this books is for you.

Remember the key to teaching grammar the Simple Steps way is to follow the steps in order. Do not move to the next step until you are absolutely sure your students have mastered the step on which they are working.

Also, remember to print the SAM sheets on the front and back of a single sheet of paper. Give each student a SAM sheet and allow him/her to use it on all exercises and tests.

After students have completed all the lessons in the book, they will be proficient in analyzing even the most lengthy compound-complex sentences. Students will be better writers because they will also have had practice in writing such sentences on their own.

If students tell you this stuff is easy or this stuff is fun, be sure to take it as a personal compliment. You have made it easy by skillfully teaching them to follow the 8 Simple Steps to Sentence Sense.

If this is your first introduction to Simple Steps to Sentence, be sure to take a look at the edition designed for high school students and adults. The lesson notes, lesson practice sheets, and overhead projector sheets are exactly the same as in this middle school version of the book, but the group practice exercises, the individual practice exercises, the writing connection pages, and the tests are all different from those included in the middle school edition. In addition, the high school edition contains advanced steps to help students prepare for A.P. exams.

I hope you find my method of teaching grammar helpful, and that this book saves you hours of work and time.
Charlene Tess
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On  April 11, 2014,  Buyer said:
Thanks!
On  April 11, 2014Charlene Tess answered:
You're welcome. I hope your students enjoy learning grammar this way as much as my students did.
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On  April 1, 2014,  Danna C. said:
I have been using the steps with my students. As you suggested I did make a few changes and accommodations for my students who struggle with the writing process. It has been a super tool and a nice way to break down a sentence.
On  April 1, 2014Charlene Tess answered:
Those words are music to my ears. Teachers are the only ones who know exactly what their individual students need. I am delighted that you were able to use my book to suit your needs. Thanks for the rating and the kind words.
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Thank you!
On  February 3, 2014Charlene Tess answered:
I really appreciate your comment and your purchase.
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On  January 31, 2014,  Marilynn H. said:
Greatly organized presentation. What a god-sent addition to my grammar class.
On  February 1, 2014Charlene Tess answered:
Wonderful! Thank you so much.
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On  January 31, 2014,  Robert I. said:
This product is wonderful! I began using it with my 7th-8th grade ELLs last week. They loved it! Thank you. If I may ask, how long does it typically take to work through all that is in this unit? I know it will vary depending on circumstances and student background, but on average how long, in your opinion, should it take a teacher to complete this unit? Thanks again!
On  February 1, 2014Charlene Tess answered:
Such a good question! The answer is that it all depends on how quickly your students master each step and how many times a week you use the book. I used the book for an entire semester because I also taught literature and writing to my students. In contrast, I often used it to tutor students and went through all the steps in 6 weeks or less. Of course, I only assigned 5 or so practice sentences at a time. The important thing is to do the steps in sequence and to not skip any steps. I hope this helps. I'm sorry I cannot be more precise, but I don't know how to gauge your situation. If you wish to discuss this further, please email me at booksbycharlenetess at Gmail dot com. Good luck.
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On  January 17, 2014,  Karen W. said:
This is a great unit! I have found great success with this.
On  January 18, 2014Charlene Tess answered:
Thank you so much. I am really pleased to hear that.
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The package does as it promises. My students are viewing sentences like never before, and I am hearing them say, "This is fun!"
On  December 19, 2013Charlene Tess answered:
That is the best news. It's music to my ears. Thank you for your purchase and your kind words.
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This really aligns with what is being taught within the general education classroom. As a special education teacher, it is great to find things that I can use right away that relate to the curriculum!
On  December 16, 2013Charlene Tess answered:
I found that special education students were especially successful while using my Simple Steps program. The repetition was beneficial to them. Thanks so much for your kind words and your rating. I really appreciate both.
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Just what I need for my 7th and 8th graders. Thanks.
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On  November 27, 2013Deborah Hartwig (TpT Seller) said:
Excellent resource!
On  November 27, 2013Charlene Tess answered:
Thanks so much, Deborah. I hope you and your students like my way of teaching and learning grammar as much as my students did when I was in the classroom. I appreciate the purchase and the rating.
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On  November 25, 2013Charlene Tess answered:
Thanks so much, Dawn. I'm happy the book made you smile. I very much appreciate the purchase and the rating.
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so clear and useful..thankyou
On  November 24, 2013Charlene Tess answered:
Thanks for your comment. Enjoy!
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Great!
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I appreciate the rating and the comment.
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On  October 14, 2013,  Amanda K. said:
Is working very well with my 7th Graders. Thanks for such a great resource.
On  October 15, 2013Charlene Tess answered:
Thank you for your purchase and your comment.
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Such a nice resource - Thank you!
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Thanks for your purchase and your comment.
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Already useful!
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That's good to hear. Thanks so much,
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Where have you been all my teaching career?
On  September 2, 2013Charlene Tess answered:
What a great thing to say! I am delighted that you are pleased with my book. I loved teaching grammar this way for 35 years, and my students loved it too. Enjoy!
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I have looked through tons of grammar and mechanics tools, and this one is the best! Easy to implement and kids aren't snoozing. Thank you!
On  August 29, 2013Charlene Tess answered:
Thanks for buying my book, and for the kind words. I appreciate both.
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I cant wait to use this!!!
On  August 24, 2013Charlene Tess answered:
I hope you find it helpful and time saving. Thank you for the comment and the purchase.
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On  May 29, 2013Jerilyn (TpT Seller) said:
I originally learned about this program when we went through it in class. Mrs. Tess was the only person in my entire school career who made grammar make sense. Now that I teach, I want to use her program with my own students.
On  May 29, 2013Charlene Tess answered:
Dear Jeri, How very kind of you to write those words. You are a student I will always remember. Please let me know if I can help you in any way. Be sure to visit YouTube where I have a video for each step in the high school edition. They can help you if you have students who need a tutorial, or if students come in later in the year and need to catch up with the class. Good luck. I'm sure you are an amazing teacher.
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On  May 13, 2013,  Buyer said:
This is GREAT!!!
On  May 13, 2013Charlene Tess answered:
Thanks so much for your kind words. Visit my blog http://simplestepstosentencesense.blogspot.com to get helpful tips and hints on grammar and usage. Also, be sure to go to YouTube and view the free videos that accompany my Simple Steps to Sentence Sense books.
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We have an OLD copy of the original that we used. I was very happy to find an updated copy!
On  April 4, 2013Charlene Tess answered:
Great! Thanks for your comment.
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On  January 6, 2013,  Jennifer Y. said:
An awesome resource for teachers. Thank you.
On  January 6, 2013Charlene Tess answered:
I am so happy you are pleased with my book. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.
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On  January 1, 2013Lisa Willis (TpT Seller) said:
Thanks! A much needed resource.
On  January 2, 2013Charlene Tess answered:
Thanks so much. I am delighted to know it is helpful for you.
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On  December 28, 2012,  Buyer said:
Very helpful for tutoring my son.
On  December 29, 2012Charlene Tess answered:
Thanks so much. I am really happy this is helpful. Please contact me if you have questions. I would love to help.
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On  December 13, 2012,  Glenette H. said:
LOVE THIS!
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Thanks for the kind words. I really appreciate it.
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On  December 13, 2012,  Buyer said:
This has been an absolutely huge help! Thanks so much!!!!
On  April 4, 2013Charlene Tess answered:
Thanks for your comment. I am so happy you found this book helpful.
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On  October 9, 2012,  Kristy W. said:
This is an excellent resource for middle school English teachers. It's a core grammar program at your fingertips.
On  October 27, 2012Charlene Tess answered:
I am so happy that you find it useful.
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On  September 21, 2012,  Buyer said:
Easy to use. Easy to implement. I have taught ELA for 12 years, and this has been the most well-structured method I've found.
On  September 23, 2012Charlene Tess answered:
Thanks so much. I developed it while teaching for 34 years. I know it works. Enjoy!
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On  September 3, 2012,  Inky  said:
Awesome resource. Thanks.
On  September 23, 2012Charlene Tess answered:
Thanks so much for your comments.
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On  August 29, 2012Jennifer Berry (TpT Seller) said:
Great resource for my middle school students! Thanks!
On  September 23, 2012Charlene Tess answered:
Thank you, Jennifer. I hope you find it helpful.
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On  August 22, 2012,  Buyer said:
When I started teaching 6th grade 7 years ago, we had something similar to this, but I never had all of the information so I was always looking for examples to use. Now I don't have to hunt anymore!!! YAY!
On  September 23, 2012Charlene Tess answered:
Great! That was what I was hoping teachers would enjoy about this book.
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On  July 28, 2012,  Sharon P. said:
This looks like a wonderful way to help the kids learn about the parts of speech. Thank you!
On  July 29, 2012Charlene Tess answered:
Thanks so much for your comment. I hope you find the book useful.
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On  July 10, 2012Heather Scarborough (TpT Seller) said:
Love it. Thanks
On  July 11, 2012Charlene Tess answered:
I am happy to hear that you are finding my book useful Cheers!
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On  March 24, 2012,  Judith M. said:
I've started to use this resource, and can't thank you enough. Organized, logical, and very, very helpful!
On  March 24, 2012Charlene Tess answered:
Thanks so much. I am so happy you find it useful.
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On  February 3, 2012,  Buyer said:
I am excited about using this product in my classroom. I have heard wonderful things about it from other teachers. I would have preferred an option to get a bound hardcopy but love the downloadable .pdf.
On  February 3, 2012Charlene Tess answered:
Please contact me if I can help you in any way. I hope the book is helpful.
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On  December 4, 2010,  Gretchen P. said:
I cannot provide any useful feedback since I have NOT RECEIVED the item as yet. It has been nearly two weeks. Not happy with that at all.
On  December 4, 2010Charlene Tess answered:
I am so sorry to hear that you are having a problem My products on TeachersPayTeachers.com are all digital downloads. You should have been able to download your copy of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for Middle School moments after you purchased it. Please try again, and if you are still having problems please email me at charlenetess@yahoo.com, and I will try my best to help you.
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On  January 19, 2014,  Robert I. asked:
Miss Tess,

Thank you for this product. What are your thoughts about using this program within an ESL classroom at an international school? Have many ESL teachers used Simple Steps to Sentence before? If so, what problems, if any, have they encountered? It looks very interesting and engaging. I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!
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On  January 19, 2014Charlene Tess answered:
Several ESL teachers have reported that they have used the book with much success. The only issue may be that students need help at times with the meanings of words due to their limited vocabulary. I used my books with adults who were Spanish speaking in adult ESL classes that I taught. It helped them learn to write English sentences because they could visualize the correct order of the words in an English sentence. Good luck. Thank you for your interest in my book.
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On  December 14, 2012,  Buyer asked:
I absolutely love your system! I have used Michael Clay Thompson's grammar series for years, and this has helped introduce the concepts and build on them much more smoothly.

My question: Have you ever had success switching steps two and three? My regular and honors kids have no trouble understanding the structure, but my lower level IEP students are finding the

Step 1
Step 2
Step3
Step4A etc.

They have had success with my explaining that in order to find the direct object...it is what 'gets' the verb... (what did you give, what did you find etc.). Then...step 4B...it 'gets' step 4A.

Okay...

currently it looks like this:

Step 1 of that report
Step 2 find
Step3 (you)
Step4A copy
Step 4B me

It seems logical to explain to them a sequential order easier by flipping steps 2 and 3. Would this cause great havoc in the system if I did this?

I apologize that this was so wordy...I hope it all makes sense!

Thanks again for a fresh, new approach that has even captured the excitement of my lowest students!
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On  December 16, 2012Charlene Tess answered:
Feel free to modify as you wish. I am sure you know what you are doing, and if it works for you, I say go for it. I have found that the order of the steps as they appear in my book work better than any other way, but that is my opinion. Thanks so much for the kind words. I am so happy to hear that your students are excited about grammar. That was my intention.
All the best,
Charlene
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