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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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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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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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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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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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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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Finding Clauses (Adjective, Adverb, and Noun Clauses) is Step Seven in the Simple Steps to Sentence Sense series by Charlene Tess. In my book, Simple Steps to Sentence Sense, I present eight simple steps, which if followed in order, make it easy to
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Creating a story plan is the first step in writing fiction. It will be a sketch to use for planning purposes. Your students can work the steps in any order. In fact, some people find it easier to write the ending of the story first, and then go back
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This four-page exercise helps students analyze the characters in the fiction they read. Charlene Tess has provided two examples from a short story and a fairy tale to be sure students understand what is expected of them. Once they have filled in
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The misuse of the possessive apostrophe is on almost every list of the most common errors in writing. This lesson has instruction on how to avoid the misuse of the possessive apostrophe. It gives examples of the greengrocer's apostrophe, a common
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Finding Prepositional Phrases is Step One in the Simple Steps to Sentence Sense series by Charlene Tess. 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
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Native speakers of a language use hundreds of idioms without even thinking about it. Often, people who are learning a new language find it difficult to understand what the idioms mean. Practice in using English idioms and understanding their meaning
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Learning to make subjects and verbs agree in number is an important writing skill. Most of time students will be able to detect an error in subject/verb agreement because it will sound wrong. To students whose first language is not English, it may
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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
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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,
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Using Who's and Whose Correctly The words who's and whose are often confused and used incorrectly. Learning to use them correctly is pretty simple. In this free product written by Charlene Tess, an explanation of the correct use of the words is
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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.