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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:
W.9-10.3, W.9-10.3b, CCRA.W.3
$4.00
55
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By Charlene Tess
This best-selling 8-page unit is a lesson on how to compare and contrast two short stories and write a comparison/contrast composition. These are skills that will help students appreciate the stories they read and learn to write a composition that
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.R.9, CCRA.L.4
$4.00
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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:
Workbooks, Worksheets, Interactive Notebooks
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3
$39.00
18
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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
$3.99
12
Digital Download PDF (2.67 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:
Activities, Google Apps, Lesson
CCSS:
CCRA.W.9, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.5
$26.50
$21.20
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 (3.52 MB)
By Charlene Tess
This is the digital edition of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense.  I wrote it 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. If you have tried
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
Adult Education, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Interactive Notebooks, Google Apps, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
$28.00
1
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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, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3
$106.00
$84.80
Bundle
By Charlene Tess
This is a fun, creative writing assignment in which students use their imaginations to create a scenario that could be converted into a mystery story.Nine scenarios and lists of suspects are presented and then students must decide how and why the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.11-12.3, CCRA.W.3
$4.00
3
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By Charlene Tess
Are your students ready for the final and most important step of the writing process? Learning to edit and revise papers and manuscripts properly is what separates an ordinary writer from a writer who has style. I have always believed that rewriting
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Google Apps, Lesson
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.3
$4.00
4
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By Charlene Tess
Your students will love learning to analyze characters in fiction. It will make everything they watch and read more meaningful. Becoming proficient at character analysis will enhance a student's reading experience. He or she can apply what they have
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Homeschool Curricula, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.W.3, CCRA.L.1
$4.00
8
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By Charlene Tess
A story plan will be a sketch to use for planning purposes when your students prepare to write a short story. This is a graphic organizer for students to use when writing their story plans. They can work the steps in any order. In fact, some people
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Google Apps
$3.50
5
Digital Download PDF (3.28 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Malapropisms and mixed metaphors often create humorous word pictures. A malapropism is the misuse of a word, especially by confusing two words that are similar in sound. "We broke up because he took me for granite."A mixed metaphor combines
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3
$3.98
Digital Download PDF (2.51 MB)
By Charlene Tess
While using these digital grammar worksheets, students will learn to recognize and correctly use independent, adjective, adverb, and noun clauses in their writing. If students have followed Steps 1-6 in the Simple Steps to Sentence Sense program,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Interactive Notebooks, Google Apps, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
$6.00
2
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By Charlene Tess
Teach your students to rewrite sentences without changing their meaning to achieve sentence variety. At the same time, they will be reminded of things that are associated with going back to school. Good writers vary their sentence patterns by
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Handouts
$4.00
5
Digital Download PDF (4.76 MB)
By Charlene Tess
This activity will give students practice in changing verbs from passive voice to active voice. Verbs in the active voice are stronger and more direct. Verbs in the passive voice make a sentence wordy and less direct. Although it is usually a good
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
$4.50
1
Digital Download PDF (2.83 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Use this packet of grammar worksheets to teach your students everything they need to know about verbs in the English language. The more your students know about verbs and how to use them correctly, the better they will be at writing and speaking
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
$6.00
11
Digital Download PDF (2.44 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Writers use various literary devices to make their writing more vivid and thought-provoking. Literary Devices are most often found in poetry. The most common examples of figurative language are Simile, Metaphor, Alliteration, Personification, and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Google Apps
$4.00
6
Digital Download PDF (2.07 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
17
Digital Download PDF (3.85 MB)
By Charlene Tess
This set of digital grammar worksheets is from Step Six Finding Phrases (Verbal and Appositive) in the Simple Steps to Sentence Sense series by Charlene Tess. This grammar resource includes instruction and practice with participial phrases, gerund
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Interactive Notebooks, Google Apps, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
$6.00
2
Digital Download PDF (3.31 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. I am a charter member of TpT and opened my store in 2006. Charlene now devotes her time to writing fiction and teaching fiction writing to adults. She is the author of romantic suspense 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 romantic suspense novels (that can be found on Amazon), 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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