Charlene Tess

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By Charlene Tess
The title of a story is often a key to understanding its theme. Letting students come up with the titles to the stories they read will help them learn to understand the author's message to the reader.I would often read students a short story and
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
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By Charlene Tess
Use this with your class to review when to use apostrophes and how to use them correctly.The lesson, practice exercise, and the answers are included. This unit is aligned with:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
FREE
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By Charlene Tess
Verbs can be transitive or intransitive. If you follow the proper sequence and look for a direct object first, it's easy to decide if a verb is transitive or intransitive. As always, in exercises written by Charlene Tess, learning to analyze
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Minilessons, Printables
FREE
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By Charlene Tess
This 8 page lesson includes instructions and examples of how to create a Gratitude Booklet. A Gratitude Booklet makes a heartfelt gift for Christmas, birthdays, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any occasion. This is a creative
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Handouts
FREE
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By Charlene Tess
Charlene Tess, author of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense, is a writer and a grammar teacher who tries to condense her words into succinct phrases, clauses, and sentences that convey her exact meaning while using fewer words.With practice, anyone can
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
FREE
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By Charlene Tess
Two free activities to keep students engaged during the class periods before winter break. One is a higher order thinking skills classification exercise and the other is a holiday crossword puzzle. Both exercises are fun for the students, and yet
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
FREE
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By Charlene Tess
Commonly confused words often create a problem in students’ writing. Studying these words a few at a time and mastering their spelling and their meaning will avoid many errors in your students’ writing. This exercise defines and gives examples
Subjects:
Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Minilessons
FREE
4
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By Charlene Tess
The last few days before a holiday can be a challenge for the teacher. Even if the last days are test days, there is still time for this activity because all preparation can be done outside of class. (If necessary, you can move the time line
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Fun Stuff
FREE
3
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By Charlene Tess
This FREE resource has a mini lesson on using apostrophes with possessive nouns, and a twenty-question exercise to practice using them correctly. The answers are included.You will find other helpful resources in my store to reinforce this important
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Minilessons
FREE
Digital Download PDF (1.17 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Is it Christmas yet? Help the young ones in your life keep track of the days leading up to Christmas Day.This is a fun gift for your younger students or for the young ones in your life. Give each child a special calendar on which they can keep track
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Handouts
FREE
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By Charlene Tess
Students often create run-on sentences by leaving out a comma or by using the wrong punctuation mark. Learning to combine sentences without creating run-ons and to correct sentences that are written as run-on sentences are two very important skills.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
FREE
1
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By Charlene Tess
Here are two fun and free activities to help your students celebrate Valentine’s Day.A crossword puzzle and a word scramble with words associated with Valentine’s Day are included. The answers are provided for your convenience.If your students are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1
FREE
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By Charlene Tess
A fun and challenging exercise to enhance Higher Order Thinking Skills. Students will find the word that matches each definition by replacing only one letter in the previous word. Only one letter is replaced in each step. All other letters will
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Handouts
FREE
4
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By Charlene Tess
The use of emotive language in persuasive writing is a skill that secondary students should master. Sometimes, using a Thesaurus will help, but more often it would be beneficial for students to arrange words on an emotional language thermometer and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Google Apps
FREE
Digital Download PDF (2.54 MB)
By Charlene Tess
This is a free exercise Charlene Tess used with her creative writing students to practice arranging the sequence of events in a plot. Following the plot of the familiar fairy tale Cinderella is an excellent way to arrange plot points into the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Printables
FREE
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By Charlene Tess
This is a FREE Christmas Holiday Word Scramble to use during the holiday season when school days frequently include assemblies, concerts, parties, and other festivities. These events often create small blocks of time that require quick activities.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
FREE
Digital Download PDF (8.25 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Finding Prepositional Phrases is Step One in the Simple Steps to Sentence Sense series. In my book, Simple Steps to Sentence Sense, I present eight simple steps, which if followed in order, make it easy to analyze an English sentence. I'm Charlene
Subjects:
Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Minilessons
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
FREE
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Video & Supporting Document
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By Charlene Tess
Use these 32 No-Prep BOOM Cards to help your students conquer confusing words including: fewer/less, bad/badly, and who/whom. BOOM Cards are no-prep digital task cards. They are similar to task cards, but there is no cutting, laminating, and
Subjects:
Grammar, Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Task Cards
FREE
1
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By Charlene Tess
Compound constructions (like compound prepositions) use several words to do the work of one or two. Using them makes sentences longer and more complicated than necessary. This exercise from Charlene Tess, the author of Simple Steps to Sentence
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Grammar
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Handouts, Minilessons, Printables
FREE
1
Digital Download PDF (0.61 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Using Who's and Whose CorrectlyThe words who's and whose are often confused and used incorrectly. Learning to use them correctly is pretty simple. In this free lesson written by Charlene Tess, an explanation of the correct use of the words is
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.4
FREE
Digital Download PDF (6.21 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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