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Susan M.
Hi there,

I just purchased your Simple Sense (Middle School) and like it very much. I do have a question on one of the lessons. Sentence #17 in Step 1 on the Individual Practice assignment is written, "Over the counter allergy drugs are very expensive." The answers shows that "Over the counter allergy drugs" is supposed to be the prepositional phrase. My confusion is that the notes for Lesson 1 also state that the subject of the sentence in "NEVER" part of the prepositional phrase. Could you please clarify? Your help is greatly appreciated. :)
February 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
You are absolutely correct. The subject of the sentence is never a part of the prepositional phrase. The answer, in this case, is incorrect. It was an error on my part. The correct answer should be (over the counter) is the prepositional phrase. The subject of the sentence is "drugs." I appreciate so much your pointing this out to me. It slipped by me even though I did several proof readings. I will correct the master copy of the book and upload it again. You should be able to download the corrected version within a few hours. Please accept my apology and my thanks.
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Robert I. re: Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for Middle School
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!
January 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
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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Ms. Tess- I'm still confused about this sentence example in your book: Maxine should not have given me a hard time about my new hairstyle.

The text states that "time" is the DO. But using the question "whom?" Why couldn't "me" be the DO as in " given a hard time to whom.... Me".

Your book is simply the best sentence break down book out there. thanks.
October 12, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for your question. I welcome questions and I appreciate your comment. The position of the word "me" in the sentence is a clue. In the sentence to which you refer, the pronoun "me" appears between the action verb and the direct object "time." This is the location of an indirect object in a sentence, and "me" answers the indirect object question "to whom?" Also, if you consider the true meaning of the sentence, it is not "me" who has been given, it is "time" which has been given. Please contact me at charlenetess@yahoo.com if you have more questions.
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Grass Is Greener  (TpT Seller)
Hi, my fellow Texan educator! I am new to TpT, and I just became a follower. I would so appreciate a follow back or a product review. I'm really excited to build my TpT community--what an incredible resource!

Blessing and Joy,

Grass Is Greener
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Buyer re: Step Eight Classifying Sentences Simple Steps to Sentence Sense
Charlene, I need the tests that go with the book Simple Steps to Sentence Sense--the one that deals with subjects, verbs, direct objects etc. My version has a 2005 copyright date and has reproducible study notes and exercises. I teach middle school and plan to use it in the upcoming weeks, so I would like to get them as soon as possible. How do I get hard copies of these? If I need to buy the book, that is no problem, however, I do not want a digital copy of it. If for some reason you have difficulty with emailing me (we have a spam system on school board email) , please contact me by phone. Thank you, Amy Cortez my phone number is (337)857-2244 or (337)962-5356 if you have questions.
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
I will call you, Amy. Thank you for the interest in my book.
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I'm so grateful for this product. It has helped my formerly clueless grammar students finally grasp sentence structure. I do have a question. Last spring I used SS to help education students who were struggling with the writing portion of their certification exams. The college wants me to create a notebook for tutors to use in helping these students. I have been asked to include this product. Is this permissible? Thanks so much--
Ruth Grove
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much for your interest and your kind words. Would you please email me at charlenetess@yahoo.com so we can discuss this.
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Ellen Weber  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for showing how the skills of grammar and syntax come alive in your vibrant settings, Charlene! It's almost as if you help learners to reach the creative peaks in what's too often limited to mechanics of language. Wonderful tribute to words~ Ellen
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
What a lovely compliment. I am so grateful for your kind words. All the best to you, Ellen.
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Jane K. re: Punctuation, Capitalization, and Usage Skills Computer Quiz
I had problems showing this from my usual computer. The document would not open. I also think there is an error on one of the slides where there is an exclamatory sentence. The slide reads "explanatory." I was able to use the program and my kids enjoyed it, but wish I could have used it on the other computer. Thanks for any help opening the document and with the error.
March 22, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
First, let me say thank you for pointing out the error in this product. It was so kind of you to tell me about the error so that I could correct it instead of just giving me a low rating. I have corrected the error and uploaded the product again. You can download it again at no charge.
As far as the problem with opening it, you did not say if the computer in question is a PC or a MAC. In both cases, you need the very latest version of Adobe Reader. If you are opening it on a MAC, be sure you right click and open it in Adobe Reader and not in Preview.
Please email me at charlenetess@yahoo.com and let me know if you are still having problems. Also, once I get your email address, I would like to send you a small gift as a token of my appreciation for your kindness. All the best, Charlene
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DMooney  (TpT Seller) re: Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for Elementary Grades and ESL Students
Hello Charlene, I'm interested in using this with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade ESL students. May I follow the others listed below and request the TOC? My e-mail address is Dmooney3@schools.nyc.gov. Thank you very much in advance!
January 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
I am sending a copy of the TOC to your email above. Actually, the preview for this product is the Table of Contents and a sample page. Thanks for your question.
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Buyer re: Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for Middle School
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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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
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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My pleasure. Just let me know if you want a "shout out" for any other freebies. My list is always
looking for great resources.

All the best,
Marjan
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Buyer re: Winter Holidays Classification Exercise and Holiday Crossword Puzzzle
I just emailed my 10,000+ teacher and social media lists your Winter Holidays Classification Exercise and Holiday Crossword Puzzzle. Hope it helps. It's in a blog post here as well: http://www.thebusyeducator.com/time-saving-resources-for-the-last-weeks-of-school/

Marjan Glavac
December 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
You are so kind to do that for me. I appreciate it very much. I will read your blog post immediately. Happy Holidays to you and your family!
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Buyer re: Twenty-five Kisses 'till Christmas
Is there a way to change this for 2012? I tried to fix it myself and it will not allow it? Thanks
November 9, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
I will update this product and send you the new copy. Please email me at charlenetess@yahoo.com, so I can sent it directly to your mail box.
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Amy S. re: All About Verbs 2
Hi Charlene, does this unit cover verbals such as gerunds and infinitives?
October 22, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for the question and your interest in my product. The All About Verbs unit does not cover verbals since verbals are used as adjectives, adverbs, and nouns. I cover verbals extensively in my Simple Steps to Sentence Sense books.
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Buyer re: Getting to Know You Activities for the First Few Days of School
I purchased the lesson, but was not able to download the text lesson. i want to transfer it to a LCD monitor for whole class to read on a screen. I was able to download adobe file. thanks!
Joan Prassas
August 27, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
I am sorry you are having this problem. I am not sure I know what you mean. The entire file is a pdf. There is not a text file.
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Buyer re: How to Develop a Thesis Statement
I just bought this and am wondering if it's opening correctly - I thought that it would be several pages because the explanation says that there are example(s) of a good thesis statement, and since it was $3.00, I expected that there would be some practice of some sort. Am I missing something? Thank you ~ Nicole
August 19, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Hi, Nicole,
I will take another look at the product to see if the description is misleading. If so, I will correct it asap. I apologize for the slow response. I have been away from my office for 5 weeks due to a death in the family. If you will email me at charlenetess@yahoo.com, I can notify you after I have reviewed the product. Thank you for your comment and your purchase.
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Sarah Essay  (TpT Seller)
Hi Charlene,
I just purchased your "Avoiding Redundancies" document, but when I try to open it in Adobe, it says the file is not supported or damaged. Other files from TPT download fine with the version I am using.
Thanks,
Sarah
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
I am so, sorry to hear that you are having this problem. Give me your email address and I will
send you another copy.
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ETC   (TpT Seller)
Aah. Thanks!
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
You're welcome. Enjoy!
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ETC   (TpT Seller) re: Vocabulary Computer Quiz Set One
Most of your free one page pdf worksheets downloaded as a blank page. Any idea why? (About half of the free products where not viewable.)
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Do you have the latest version of Adobe Reader installed on your computer? That is usually the problem.
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Buyer re: Punctuation, Capitalization, and Usage Skills Computer Quiz
Sorry to bother you again on how to save the materials, "Punctuation, Capitalization, and Usage Skills Computer Quiz." It kept on flashing the following sentence: Without the owner password, you do not have permission to save this document. If I cannot save the materials on my computer, then I cannot use it in class. Please advice. Thanks.
April 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Please contact me at charlenetess@yahoo.com so that we can resolve this.
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Buyer re: Punctuation, Capitalization, and Usage Skills Computer Quiz
I've forgotten to add the name of the material which I have mentioned earlier.
I'm talking on "Punctuation, Capitalization, and Usage Skills Computer Quiz".
Thanks.
April 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
I'm sorry you are having a problem. Be sure that you have the latest version of Adobe Reader installed on your computer. I have tested the product on several computers, and it is working correctly.Thank you for your comment and for purchasing my product.
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Buyer re: Punctuation, Capitalization, and Usage Skills Computer Quiz
I try to save it and use it in class, but to no success.
It kept asking me to type the password inorder for me to
save the material. Please advice. Thanks.
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Buyer re: How to Avoid Run-On Sentences in Your Writing
When I purchased your material on "How to Avoid Writing Run-On Sentences", I thought there would be some printable materials to use with my students in class. I was shocked to see that it is only a guideline or checklist instead of printable material. Do you have any printable materials to come along with the guideline? I love the material that I bought on Prefixes and Suffixes because they have 40 printable materials to use in class. You can check on this material and you will understand what I am saying on printable materials.
Thanks.
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Please download the product again. I have included an exercise with 20 sentences to correct and the answers. Thank you for your question and for purchasing my product.
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Katie W. re: A Skills Sharpener for Secondary Students
I just purchased this and it isn't working correctly. None of the #2 answer choices are linking to another page.
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
I am so sorry this happened. I have sold over 60 of these without a single problem. Please email me at charlenetess at yahoo dot com and I will send you another copy.
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Jillian W. re: Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School
How would you successfully implement this into a 45 minute class period? How much time would you spend on each lesson? Is this a "unit" or would you do a lesson every day?
December 30, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Note: Students are allowed to use the SAM sheet on all assignments and on tests.
Day 1
I would give each student a copy of the SAM sheet. (They keep this). Then I would give each student a copy of the lesson notes and go through the lesson using the overhead projection sheets to illustrate. Next, assign the group practice exercise. I usually assigned even numbered sentences to one row of students, and odd numbered sentences to the next row. If time permits, trade papers and grade aloud. (The answers are in the back of the book.) If there is not enough time, do the grading the following day.
Day 2
Pass out the individual practice exercise sheet. Depending on the level of your students, you can assign all 20 of the sentences or just a few. It is totally up to you. No one knows your students as well as you do. If you need to do something else on Day 2, assign the individual practice exercise sheet as homework. Trade and grade the individual practice sentences. Be sure to take the grades. Students will do exceptionally well on these assignments and making a really high grade will motivate them.
Day 3
Give students the test. You can assign all of the sentences or just 10. (If you have the time, assign all 20 sentences because students will have a chance at a better grade.) Have students turn in the papers, but wait until the next day to grade the papers. (Do not grade them yourself. Students need to hear the answers to reinforce what they have learned.)
Day 4
Assign the writing connection exercise. (If you do not have time for this in class, assign it as homework.)

The following week, you can start the next step. Doing it this way will give you time to work in literature assignments and other necessary lessons.
The KEY to my way of teaching is to not skip any of the steps and to do the steps in order. You are free to shorten the assignments as you wish.
Here is a link to a free article about how to get the most out of Simple Steps to Simple Sense.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Helpful-and-Timesaving-Tips-for-Using-Simple-Steps-to-Sentence-Sense
Please email me at charlenetess@yahoo.com if you have any more questions. I would love to help.
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Buyer re: Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School
I am also curious about seeing a sample page. What I did see of your work looks great, but do students transfer and apply what they are learning? I work with special education high school studens and sentence structure is so difficult for many.
December 28, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much for your question. The answer is yes, students do transfer and apply what they are learning. In each step there is a writing connection page to allow students to take what they have learned and apply it to their writing.

Special education students have been using my book successfully for many years. It works especially well for them because the steps are presented in logical sequential steps.
If you will email me at Charlenetess@yahoo.com, I will send you sample pages so you can see for yourself.
All the best,
Charlene
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Deborah S.
Dear Charlene,

Hello! I just found your ADORABLE Twenty-five Kisses 'till Christmas for 2011, but noticed that it has the wrong day for Christmas. December actually begins on Thursday. Do you have an updated one I haven't found yet? Thanks!

Debbie Sheehan
sheehand@k12tn.net
November 27, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Dear Debbie,
Thanks so much for the note. I absolutely did not notice the error. It will take me a little while to correct this, but as soon as I have it ready I will email another copy to you. I am so sorry for the inconvenience.
All the best,
Charlene
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Buyer re: Archetypes in Literature Critical Essay
I tried your suggestion of saving as but it still required a password. Then your email blocked my request for an unlocked copy of the archetype essay. Is there any way I could get a Word document instead of a pdf file? I do teach gifted on the middle school level and wanted to adjust for my kids. Emails: lindaluud@gmail.com or linda.devore@sjsd.k12.mo.us
Thanks!


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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
I see the problem with the email being blocked. The final "e" was missing in my name. I will send another document.
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Buyer re: Archetypes in Literature Critical Essay
I purchased this assessment for $3 but when I try to save it says "Without the owner's password, you do not have permission to save this document. What do I do? My email is lindaluud@gmail.com.
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Thank you for your question. I am sending an email to your gmail account.
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Buyer re: Helpful and Timesaving Tips for Using Simple Steps to Sentence Sense
Are you going to make any more practice exercises for Simple Steps to Sentence Sense?
September 17, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
If you purchased the Middle School Simple Steps, there is a completely new and different set of practice exercises in the High School Simple Steps book. If you purchased the High School Simple Steps Book, you can download the Packet of New Exercises. The exercises in the Packet are completely new and different from those in the High School Simple Steps. Please email me at charlenetess@yahoo.com if you need more informatioon. Thank you for your question.
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Jenny L. re: Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for Elementary Grades and ESL Students
I am also interested in your book. I would like to see the Table of Contents and find out how many lessons and worksheets or activities there are for the students. Thanks! jlaurich@pylusd.org
September 4, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Thank you for your interest in my book. I sent a copy of the TOC to the email address you listed above.
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Buyer re: Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for Elementary Grades and ESL Students
Okay...just saw a sample of the prep. phrases...can I see the table of contents, too?
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Thank you for your interest in my book. If you will email me at charlenetess at yahoo.com, I will attach the Table of Contents. All the best, Charlene Tess
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Buyer re: Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for Elementary Grades and ESL Students
Can I see a sample page of this book? I am very interested but want to see what I'm buying. Thanks!
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Buyer re: Simple Steps to Sentence Sense Packet of New Practice Exercises
Does the packet contain the advanced section for high school students? I already purchased the entire middle school curriculum and would like to make sure I can get the advanced section without purchasing another complete curriculum set.
August 25, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
The Advanced Section is only available in Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School. The packet contains the same exercises that are in Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for Middle School. Thanks so much for the question and your interest in my books.
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Buyer
Some of our teachers have used Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for Middle School Students, and we would like to include your SAM system to our district curriculum. Would you be willing to sell our district a site license for these PDFs?
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Thank you for your interest in my book. Please email me at charlenetess@yahoo.com to discuss this further.
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Buyer re: Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School
Can this be used in a 7th grade Language Arts class...or is it really for high school?

Thanks,
Vickie
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Yes, it is well suited for 7th grade. The High School edition has an advanced section for Advanced Placement Students. The Middle School edition has the same lessons, but does not contain the advanced section. Thanks for you interest in my books. Please let me know if I can help in any way. All the best, Charlene
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Renee T. re: Study Homonyms on the Computer
This is awesome! Could I ask how you did it? I'm a science teacher and I love the possibilities here!
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Please email me at charlenetess@yahoo.com
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Denise R. re: Study Homonyms on the Computer
I love this lesson, however I can't seem to save it to my macbook. When I download it, it opens and works fine but my apple menu disappears and there's no way to save it. Is there a way to send it to me so that I can actually save it?

Denise Rucks
drrucks@me.com
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Please email me at charlenetess@yahoo.com/
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Joseph A.
Hello Charlene,
This book looks amazing! I just have one question/concern about the product. If I puschase this would I be able to cut portions from the PDF and put them into smaller pieces in a Word Document? The PDF is locked (is this just on the online preview?). I just need that level of flexability for my students. I would be sure to credit you as the source on any such Word docs.
Thanks,
Joe
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Hi, Joe. Please email me at charlenetess@yahoo.com so I can discuss this with you. There are a couple of questions I have. Thanks for your interest in my work. I am sure we will be able to work things out.
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Buyer
I have downloaded your product Simple Steps to Sentence Sense grades 7-12 and adult.
How does you Middle School and High School products of the same name differ from my original download, or are they combined in what I downloaded. Please let me know.
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
The high school book and the middle school book contain exactly the same lesson notes, student lesson practice sheets, and overhead projector sheets. However,the group practice, individual practice, writing connection pages, and tests are different. If you already have a copy of the high school edition of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense and you want a second set of exercises and tests, then the PACKET would be what you would want to download.
Thank you for your interest in my products. Please let me know if I can help you in any way.
All the best,
Charlene Tess
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Dear Charlene,

My name is Jack Dennison. I am the Editor-in-Chief of www.FunnelBrain.com, an educational website. I am writing to you because the quality of the work you have posted to PTP distinguishes you as a talented author. I am looking for teacher-authors to create custom study review materials for FunnelBrain (on a paid basis, of course).

These study materials would take the form of online flashcards, quizzes, and study guides for high school and college level courses, as well as for certain standardized exams such as the GMAT, the SAT or the GRE. We are also interested in lesson plans built around activities that can take place on www.FunnelBrain.com.

If you are interested in a paid writing assignment, please email me at jack@funnelbrain.com, and I will respond with details on the available assignments. In the meantime, please feel free to browse FunnelBrain.com.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,
Jack Dennison
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Margaret Whisnant  (TpT Seller)
Hi Charlene,
I just responded to the nice note you left about the TpT newsletters. Now that I have come to your home page and learned a little of your background and your work as an author, I realize what a supreme complement your feedback is! THANKS YOU again!

Like you, I was one of those youngsters who carried around notebooks trying to write stories, but time has shown that "embellishing the truth in narrative" is my talent. The story has to be there. I just put my spin on it. I do so admire people like you who can create both the story and its telling. Can't wait to read some of your work!

Margaret Whisnant
August 5, 2010 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
I really appreciate such kind words. Have a great day, Margaret.
August 5, 2010 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School
Please post an example and table of contents for Simple Steps To Sentence Steps.
June 17, 2010 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Please email me at charlenetess@yahoo.com. I will reply with the materials you requested.
Thank you for the interest in my book
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Buyer re: Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School
Is there way to order using a P.O. from my school? Also are books and CD's both available?
January 12, 2010 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for your interest in Simple Steps to Sentence Sense. Please email me at charlenetess@yahoo.com and I will give you full details on how to order with a P.O. Only Ebooks on CD's are available at this time.
January 13, 2010 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School
Hello Charlene,

My name is John Chabot and my company, Full Blast Productions, publishes and distributes ESL ebooks. I saw your ebook on Teachers Pay Teachers and would be interested in distributing it and any other ESL ebooks you've written.

Please check out my website at http://www.fullblastproductions.com and get in touch if you would like to discuss a business relationship.

Thank you. john e-mail: fbp@cogeco.ca
May 1, 2009 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Thank you, John. I will email you.
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Buyer
Is there a way to preview this book before I purchase it? I am looking for a good English grammar workbook to use with my 7th and 8th grade international students. Your book sounds like what I need, but I would like to at least see a table of contents or a sample page before I purchase it. Thanks
August 25, 2008 Report inappropriate comment
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Yes, of course. I will be happy to send you a TOC and a few sample pages. Please contact me at charlenetess@yahoo.com and give me your email address. I will send the materials you requested. Thanks for your interest in my book.
All the best,
Charlene Tess
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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
I am so sorry to hear that you are having trouble. I'm not sure how to help you because I don't know what the problem could be. Please log on again and click on the "contact us" link. That will connect you with the webmaster who should be able to guide you through the download process.
All the best,
Charlene Tess
September 26, 2007 Report inappropriate comment

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Davee Clark  (TpT Seller)
I just purchased this book on line. I thought I could download it, but am having trouble finding out how. Any ideas?
September 26, 2007 Report inappropriate comment

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Charlene Tess  (TpT Seller)
Dear Cinjo:
I have contacted the webmaster for Teachers pay Teachers to see if they can help you. I am so sorry you are having this problem.
All the best,
Charlene Tess
November 22, 2006 Report inappropriate comment

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Cindy H.
When I try to download the pdf file for the interactive grammar lesson, the program opens in my browser, but there is no option to download the program.

Cinjo
November 22, 2006 Report inappropriate comment
TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Charlene Tess taught English and creative writing to high school students and adults for over thirty-four years. She was the Secondary Teacher of the Year for Ysleta Independent School District in 1998, and one of the five finalists for Region XIX Teacher of the Year. She is listed in Who's Who in America. Since 1996, she has worked as an educational consultant helping other teachers use her grammar workbook, Simple Steps to Sentence Sense. Mrs. Tess now devotes her time to writing fiction and teaching fiction writing to adults. She is the author of five novels, and the highly acclaimed Simple Steps to Sentence Sense Series, and has published short fiction and numerous articles in magazines and in short story collections. Visit my blog to learn more about me and my writing. www.booksbycharlenetess.com. You can find my novels in the Kindle Store at Amazon.com. Charlene and her husband Jerry spend their free time traveling to promote her books and visiting their two daughters and their three grandsons.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe that the key to learning grammar and language skills is the sequence in which each concept is presented to the students. The grammar books our school used were hard to use and confusing, so I wrote my own lessons. My students worked in groups and used teacher and peer prepared study sheets. I combined those sheets into a grammar workbook that many teaches in Texas use with their classes. Simple Steps to Sentence Sense is also available from my website: www.authorsden.com/charlenetess.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

The National Council of Teachers of English named the creative writing magazine my classes produced as one of the top 25 in the United States. The Ysleta District in El Paso, Texas, named me Teacher of the Year in 1998, and I was one of the five finalists for Region XIX teacher of the year. I am the author of three novels, a non-fiction grammar book, and numerous short stories and articles.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I attended elementary school, high school, and college in El Paso, Texas. I have a Bachelor of Science in English and history. I worked as a consultant for a publishing company and traveled throughout Texas and surrounding states doing workshops and showing teachers how to use my grammar book: Simple Steps to Sentence Sense. I also worked for one year after my retirement as an educational consultant for the Ysleta Independent School District.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am married to the love of my life and have two amazing daughters and three wonderful grandsons.