Charlene Tess

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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
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By Charlene Tess
A unique and highly effective way to analyze poetry and prepare for the AP Literature Exam or advanced English courses in both high school and college. I devised this method to help students who have trouble remembering all the elements of poetry. I
Subjects:
Critical Thinking
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Test Prep, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.9-10.4, RL.11-12.4
$3.50
56
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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.Included in the packet are: a note to the teacher with instructions on how to present the lesson; 2 sample
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.9, CCRA.L.4
$3.75
30
Digital Download PDF (1.93 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Challenge your students with this four-page, twenty-question practice exercise to help them learn to write sentences correctly. Students will read a sentence and then decide which of the five choices following it best replaces the underlined
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Worksheets, Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
$3.75
24
Digital Download PDF (1.42 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
Use these 30 No-Prep BOOM Cards™ are perfect for distance learning and will help your students proofread sentences while looking for errors in spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. Each card features a short passage and asks students to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Internet Activities, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2
$3.40
10
Digital Download PDF (3.98 MB)
By Charlene Tess
Here's an accurate and easy way to teach students to write a character analysis paper, and a rubric to provide a simple way to evaluate those papers and assign a fair grade. Learning to analyze characters in literature is a life skill that will
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Printables, Rubrics
CCSS:
RL.9-10.3
$2.50
23
Digital Download PDF (2.91 MB)
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 understand the author's message to the reader. I would often read students a short story and then have
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$3.50
9
Digital Download PDF (2.31 MB)
By Charlene Tess
A grading scale chart to help teachers put a numerical grade on students' papers without doing any math. If there were 83 items on a test and the student got 22 of the items wrong, what would his/her grade be? Sure you could figure it out, but why
Subjects:
Specialty, Other (Specialty), For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Assessment, Computation, Printables
$3.15
41
Digital Download PDF (9.20 MB)
By Charlene Tess
A perfect review or tutorial of proofreading skills requiring minimal teacher involvement. Be sure to download the preview file that contains a worksheet with answers.This is an interactive pdf file that will allow your students to click their way
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Test Prep, ExamView Question Banks
CCSS:
CCRA.L.2
$3.25
13
Digital Download PDF (0.15 MB)
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
This back-to-school unit will get your new semester or school year off to a good start. Everything you need is included in this unit. Five pages of instruction for the teacher and a four-page handout packet for the students. When completed,
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Oral Communication, For All Subjects
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.4
$3.50
19
Digital Download PDF (2.20 MB)
By Charlene Tess
How many times have your students wished they could do something different and fun in your room? Probably more often than you know. Here's a chance for them to do something they will really enjoy while practicing several valuable skills such as
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.6
$3.50
19
Digital Download PDF (4.98 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
The Sentence Analysis Map (SAM) is an integral part of Charlene Tess's unique and highly effective method of teaching and learning grammar that students and teachers are using with great success. Charlene Tess is an educator with over 35 years of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
$4.99
6
Video & Supporting Document
Duration: 08:23
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)
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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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