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By Charlene Tess
One of the most important techniques a writer can master is learning to SHOW action rather than TELL the reader about it. Although many writers are aware of the importance of the technique, they are not sure how to accomplish it. This lesson
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.W.3
$3.75
40
Digital Download PDF (2.36 MB)
By Charlene Tess
This product is a complete course in grammar and a new way to use the materials in Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School by Charlene Tess. All eight steps of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School are now available in digital
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Whole Courses, Original Textbooks, Interactive Notebooks
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3
$39.00
16
Digital Download PDF (4.65 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Avoiding run-on sentences is not rocket science, but sometimes students get overwhelmed with all the red marks on their papers indicating comma splices and run-on sentences. What the heck are they? How does one avoid them? This is the information
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
$4.00
11
Digital Download PDF (7.68 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Developing a thesis statement is easy once you know how. One of the most difficult aspects of writing essays about literature is getting started. So often, students will just sit and stare at their blank sheets of paper because they do not know how
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Critical Thinking, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.W.4
$3.75
27
Digital Download PDF (2.39 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Do your students panic when you assign a creative writing project? This Creative Writing Bundle includes EIGHT no-fear Creative Writing Lessons. You will save 20% by purchasing this bundle rather than buying each resource separately.Four of the
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Short Stories, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.W.9, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.5
$20.25
$17.20
2
Bundle
By Charlene Tess
This is a revision technique that will improve students' writing. Examples of redundancy can be found in news articles and on television. This writing error is so common, it is hard to recognize. For example, I warn you in advance that it will be
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Google Apps
$4.00
16
Digital Download PDF (2.44 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Parallelism is a grammatical structure that poets, writers, and speechwriters use to make their writing more lyrical and more effective. When two or more parts of one or more sentences have a similar form, a pattern is created and it gives writing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.W.4, CCRA.L.5
$4.00
5
Digital Download PDF (2.62 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Learning to vary sentence patterns will teach your students to rewrite sentences without changing their meaning. This is good practice for students to achieve sentence variety. At the same time, they will be reminded of things that are associated
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
$3.50
10
Digital Download PDF (2.97 MB)
By Charlene Tess
This interactive digital resource for Google Drive will teach anyone how to write a persuasive essay. Learning to write a persuasive essay is a skill all writers should perfect. Chances are good that at one time or another, an adult will find it
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Google Apps
$5.50
6
Digital Download PDF (2.56 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Short Story analysis is an important Language Arts skill. Authors reveal characters in three ways. Authors reveal the physical descriptions and the personality traits of the characters they create by using either direct or indirect
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Literature
Grades:
6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.9-10.3, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3
$3.25
14
Digital Download PDF (3.44 MB)
By Charlene Tess
This interactive digital resource for Google Drive will help students learn to identify archetypes in literature. This is a skill all AP students must learn. An archetype, also known as universal symbol, may be imagery, a character, a theme, a plot,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Rubrics, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.11-12.9, RL.11-12.10
$3.50
7
Digital Download PDF (2.57 MB)
By Charlene Tess
This fun Halloween Song-Writing Activity works best if students work in pairs or in small groups. They will enjoy changing the lyrics of familiar Christmas songs to spooky or funny Halloween songs.This handout is ready to give to students with no
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Vocal Music, Halloween
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
$2.50
8
Digital Download PDF (3.46 MB)
By Charlene Tess
This creative writing assignment gives students practice in creating profiles of characters they will feature in their stories. Students will imagine that a character in a story they plan to write is sitting in a chair across from them. Then, they
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Google Apps
$3.00
2
Digital Download PDF (2.28 MB)
By Charlene Tess
This bundle includes the Simple Steps to Sentence Sense Grammar Digital Workbooks to use in Google Drive ™ for all three levels: High School, Middle School, and Elementary and ESL Students. These three resources are a new way to use the Simple Steps
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Worksheets, Original Textbooks, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3
$106.00
$84.80
Bundle
By Charlene Tess
This is the digital edition. Students will learn to identify prepositional phrases and remove them to shorten sentences before analyzing them. Note: This is Step One in Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School by Charlene Tess. If you have the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, ESL / ELL / EFL
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Interactive Notebooks, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
$6.00
4
Digital Download PDF (3.51 MB)
By Charlene Tess
This resource will help your students create a story plan in GOOGLE Drive.Creating a story plan is the first step in writing fiction, and your students can work from home using the internet.A story plan will be a sketch to use for planning purposes.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Google Apps
$3.00
5
Digital Download PDF (2.18 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Keeping track of all the required reading in an English class can be difficult. Using a Reading Reaction Journal can help students prepare for discussions, tests, and writing assignments.Students will learn to keep a reading reaction journal so they
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3
$3.75
9
Digital Download PDF (3.28 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Learning to make subjects and verbs agree in number is an important writing skill. Most of the time, writers can detect an error in subject/verb agreement because it sounds wrong. To those whose first language is not English, it may be more
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1
$4.00
4
Digital Download PDF (3.12 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Learning to vary sentence patterns will teach your students to rewrite sentences without changing their meaning. This bundle has six resources that will provide practice for students to achieve sentence variety. At the same time, they will be
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
$21.00
$16.80
2
Bundle
By Charlene Tess
This edition of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense Grammar for Distance Learning is written expressly for younger students and for students who are learning English as a second language. This is the easy way to teach and to learn grammar and usage.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Interactive Notebooks, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
$28.00
Digital Download PDF (2.41 MB)
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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. Charlene now devotes her time to writing fiction and teaching fiction writing to adults. She is the author of twelve 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 grammar workbooks that are used in school districts all over the country.

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 twelve novels, five grammar workbooks, and numerous short stories, articles, and educational resources. Visit my blog to learn more about my writing, www.booksbycharlenetess.com.

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.

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