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.
Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for Middle School contains 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 are 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 you have already purchased Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School and all you need are 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 book 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.