Charlene Tess
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The easy way to teach grammar and usage. Thousands of students throughout the United States and some foreign countries use this grammar workbook. They say: "It works! It's fun!" If you have ever struggled with using an English textbook, have had
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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
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A unique 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 hope it helps your
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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
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One of the most difficult things about 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 to begin. If given enough practice writing thesis
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Students have been using Simple Steps to Sentence Sense by Charlene Tess since 1996, and now she has written a version for younger students and those who are learning English as a second language. If you have tried to use a grammar text lately,
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Show, Don't Tell is one of the most important techniques a writer can master. Although many writers are aware of the importance of the technique, they are not sure how to accomplish it. In this 14 page lesson, Charlene Tess, author of Simple Steps
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This 8 page unit written by Charlene Tess 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;
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Important Note: If you use a MAC, be sure to view this product in Adobe Reader. It will not function correctly in Preview Mode. A perfect review or tutorial of proofreading skills requiring minimal teacher involvement. Be sure to download the
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An accurate and easy way to teach students to write a character analysis paper, and a simple way to evaluate those papers and assign a fair grade. This lesson includes instructions for the teacher, instructions for the students, a rubric to grade
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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
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This is the unit I used in my classroom to get each new semester or school year off to a good start. My students really enjoyed doing these activities. I suggest setting three major goals to achieve during the first few days of school: 1) Get
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Challenge your students with this four-page, twenty-question practice exercise. It will help students learn to write sentences correctly. Students will read a sentence and then decide which of the five choices following it best replaces the
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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
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If you already have a copy of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School by Charlene Tess that contains the lesson notes, student practice pages, and overhead projector pages, then this packet is for you. If you do not have the original
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This 21 page handbook is the answer for teachers and students who want a blueprint to analyze English sentences and learn to write them correctly. Anyone who has been confused by all the terms and rules associated with English grammar will love
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Keeping track of all the required reading in an advanced English class can be difficult. Using a Reading Reaction Journal can help students study for discussions, tests, and writing assignments. This handout shows students how to keep a journal
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Short Story analysis is an important Language Arts skill. One of ways for students to get the most out of the short stories and novels they read is to make them aware of the techniques that writers use. Authors reveal the physical descriptions
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Writers use various literary devices to make their writing more vivid and thought provoking. Although there are many different types of literary devices, the five that follow are used most frequently and are the most common: Simile, Metaphor,
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Learning to avoid redundancy 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
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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. Mrs. Tess now devotes her time to writing fiction and teaching fiction writing to adults. She is the author of five 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 a grammar workbook that many teaches in Texas use with their classes. Simple Steps to Sentence Sense is also available from my website: www.authorsden.com/charlenetess.

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 three novels, a non-fiction grammar book, and numerous short stories and articles.

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.