Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Huge November Sale Nov. 24-27

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If you ever wanted to purchase some of my products, but were waiting for a sale, the wait is over.

All of my products will be on sale on both TeachersPayTeachers.com and on Teachers Notebook.

Just visit either site to get amazing bargains.

3 Day Sale on Teachers Notebook November 24-26

Cyber Monday Nov. 26th  + Tuesday Nov. 27th Sale on TeachersPayteachers

Third, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Adult Education - TeachersPayTeachers.com

Have a Happy Thanksgiving weekend and save lots of money.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Have Your Students Enter the 2012 seventeen magazine fiction contest

Your students (between the ages of 13 through 21) can enter the 2012 Seventeen Magazine Fiction Contest and the winner will receive $500 and a chance to be published in a national magazine.
The entry period is between November 13, 2012 and February 13, 2013.

The contest is a great motivator to teach students to write fiction. Click here for the contest rules and instructions on how to enter.

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Writing short stories is fun for everyone. I have several units in my store that will help your students become better writers and learn to write fiction.


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Monday, November 12, 2012

Freebies Page

I just added a Freebies Page to my blog to make it easy for you to find the free products that I have available on TeachersPayTeachers.com.

I think there is something here for everyone, and I hope these products will be of help to you.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Is It Really September Already?

I have not written a blog post for a while due to two momentous family events. 
To paraphrase Dickens, it was the worst of times; it was the best of times. We spent five weeks away from home and from my office.

On July 31st, we left in a rush for Green Bay, Wisconsin, after we received
a phone call telling us that my husband's dear sister was in hospice care. Sadly, she died of cancer on August 24th at the young age of 62.

Then, the day after her burial, we attended 
Jerry's nephew's beautiful wedding in Bailey's Harbor, Wisconsin. 

Many of the guests had attended both a funeral and a wedding for people they love dearly within a two day span of time.

Talk about lows and highs. Words cannot describe how emotional it really was.

Here's a picture of Jerry and me at the wedding.

Now, I'm back in Texas and catching up on my writing and my housework. School is in session, and students and teachers are hard at work once again. I still miss the excitement of the first few weeks of school, and the process of getting acquainted with new students and their parents.

I wrote about a Getting to Know You Activities Packet  in an earlier blog post. Click here to read that post or click here to download it. It will give you and your students 4 or 5 days of activities for the first days of school.

Getting to Know You Activities by Charlene Tess

And here's a free product you can use to teach your students about transitive and intransitive verbs. Click here to download it absolutely free.

A Look At Transitive and Intransitive Verbs by Charlene Tess

I hope you are as happy to be back at work as I am. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Don't Miss the Back to School Blowout Sale!

TPT Back to School Blowout Sale

Be sure to get in on the "Back to School Blowout Sale" that the TeachersPayTeachers Website is hosting on August 12th and 13th.

Most of the products will be on sale including my entire Simple Steps to Sentence Sense series, and you can save up to 28% off by using the code BTS12 at checkout.

Don't miss this chance to get amazing prices on amazing products to get your school year started right.

In case you missed it, check out my latest product which will help you get to know your students during the first few days of school. I used this activity every year with much success.
Getting to Know You Activities by Charlene Tess

I hope the beginning of your school year is just great this year.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Back to School Dollar Days Sale


Wow! What a bargain. For two days, teachers from all grade levels who blog for the Lesson Cloud are offering some of their most useful products for only $1 or $2. Now is your chance to get some awesome teaching materials for almost nothing. These products take hours to prepare and have been tested by teachers in classrooms all over the world.

Be sure to check out some of the great products created by teacher bloggers on The Lesson Cloud

Nine (9) of my products are in this sale. Click on the links below to visit my store for more information about each one. Hurry! Mark your calendar. Set an alarm in your phone. This sale is for two days only (July 29th and 30th) and then the products will go back to their original prices.

Getting to Know You Activities for the First Few Days of School photo

Getting to Know You Activities for the First Few Days of School

Grading Scale Chart  by Charlene Tess

Grading Scale Chart
(Easily assign a grade without doing any math!)

How to Develop a Thesis Statement

How to Develop a Thesis Statement

Hints for Writing a Critical Essay in 40 Minutes by Charlene Tess

Hints for Writing a Critical Essay in 40 Minutes

Avoiding Redundancies A Revision Technique for Writers by Charlene Tess

Avoiding Redundancies-A Revision Technique for Writers

A short story for elementary students by Charlene Tess

 Elementary Short Story One

A short story for elementary students by Charlene Tess
 Secondary Short Story One

Halloween Songs Exercise by Charlene Tess
Halloween Songs Exercise 

Be sure to get your BACK TO SCHOOL Bargains from the Dollar Days Sale and visit
The Lesson Cloud all year long for helpful hints and freebies.

The Lesson Cloud won Best Educational Blog in the "Other" Category

Now is your chance to choose from a huge selection of $1 and $2 items. Don't miss this sale. Here's hoping your back to school adventure is a good one!

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Friday, June 8, 2012

A Freebie for Father's Day

Friday, June 1, 2012

Summer Reading Suggestions

Teachers have to read stacks of papers, articles, essays, 
and professional books during the school year, so why would they want to compile a summer reading list? 

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Because reading and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly, 
french fries and catsup, and. . . well, you get the idea.

I have read some really good books recently, and would like to pass 

along some recommendations.

All can be found on Amazon.com and I have provided links to make them easy to 

Defending Jacob by William Landay

A story that made me think about the unconditional love and the uncertainty we parents must face when our kids get into trouble and made me ask, "What if?" This book was powerful and emotional.

Calico Joe by John Grisham

A wonderful step back in time to the days when we wheeled TV's into our classrooms so that we could all watch the World Series. The names will be familiar even if you are not a baseball fan.

The King of Lies by John Hart

Dark family secrets rise to the surface when Work Pickens, a Southern lawyer finds his father murdered. I had no idea "who done it" until the very end, and I like reading novels that keep me in suspense.

I would also like to suggest two of my own novels as a pleasurable summer read. Both are only $2.99 in the Kindle Book Store. If you don't have a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle Reader and read on your smart phone, tablet, or your computer. Just click on the book covers below and take a look.

The Cowboy's Treasure by Charlene Tess

When a cowboy is stranded at the end of a cattle drive in Ogallala, Nebraska in 1868, he is out of work and out of luck until he meets a lovely young woman who is trying to keep her father's apple farm from the clutches of the town banker and to raise her four-year-old brother by herself. This is a carefully researched sweet historical romance (no bodice ripping)that I hope you will enjoy. It won first place in the Southwest Writers Conference Writing Contest a few years back.

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The Greatest Gift by Charlene Tess 

Patricia Gillespie’s wonderful play day with her five-year-old granddaughter turns into a tragic nightmare when they are involved in a car accident. The accident is Patricia’s fault, and Patti Cake is dead. Patricia and her daughter, Alaina, have always been each other’s best friend. Can the love between a mother and her daughter survive such a tragedy?  

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A huge thank you to my talented cousin, Chaz Bourland, for the cover designs. Visit his website for really creative artwork. 

Find a great book to read today, settle back on a lawn chair, and enjoy the summer!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

My Mother; My Friend

Happy Mother's Day Simple Steps to Sentence Sense photo
Alice M. Bourland
Alice Bourland was a beautiful woman with black hair, green eyes, and a genuinely warm smile. She had a generous heart and soul and thousands of school children at North Loop Elementary School and Parkland Elementary School were influenced by her wisdom and her knowledge.
She worked her way through college and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She was a teacher and was the second woman in West Texas to become a principal. Her students and the teachers in her schools loved her.
We, my sister, my brother, and I were so blessed to have her as our mother. She taught us many lessons. Be honest, stand up straight, do it right or don’t do it at all, don’t slam doors, turn off the lights when you leave the room, treat your elders with respect, follow the Golden Rule.
She was a gentle woman with a very quick temper and her feelings were easily hurt. We all knew that if Mama was mad at us, we had better get out of her way until she cooled off.
She was generous with her money, her time, and her love. She and my dad were madly in love for 66 years. She told lots of stories and repeated them often. She was, in every way, the definition of a lady. She went to meet my dad in Heaven on New Year’s Eve in 2008. I miss her every day.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of us who were blessed with mothers to whom we owe everything.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Here’s a great idea for a Mother’s Day Gift!

How about helping your mom relax with a good book. You can give her a Kindle ebook as a gift and deliver it within moments. No shipping charges, no wrapping paper, and if your mom doesn't happen to have a Kindle, she can easily download a FREE Kindle reader for a computer, a smart phone, or a tablet.

Find the book in the Kindle Store that you wish to give to someone.
To gift a Kindle book, click the Give as a Gift button located under the Buy button on Kindle Store product detail pages.

To complete your Kindle Book gift order:
  1. Enter the personal e-mail address for your gift recipient. You can also choose to send the gift to your own e-mail address, and forward the e-mail directly to your recipient or print the e-mail and personally deliver it to your recipient.
  2. Enter a delivery date. If you don't select a delivery date, the e-mail will be delivered immediately.
  3. Enter an optional gift message. If you'd like to preview the notification your recipient will receive, click the Preview your gift message button.
  4. Click the Place your order button to finish your gift purchase using the Kindle 1-Click payment method.
Note: Make sure you enter the personal e-mail address for your gift recipient, not their kindle.com e-mail address.
Gift Notification
Your gift recipient will be notified of their gift at the e-mail address you provide. We will send a notification at the time the gift order is placed.
If you don’t have a book in mind, may I suggest my latest novel. 

The Greatest Gift by Charlene Tess
Click on the Cover  

Monday, May 7, 2012

We Love Teachers at TpT Sale

Although the Jackpot Giveaway ended yesterday, you can still get in on a great sale May 7 and 8.

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We are throwing a huge sale on the TeachersPayTeachers website to show our appreciation for all the teachers out there who support our stores and who teach our children and grandchildren and our nephews and nieces, and. . .well you get it! Just visit the website and choose the products you want. Many of them will be on sale. At checkout, enter the code TAD12 to receive a 10% discount in addition to whatever sale price is on the item you wish to buy.

You can receive up to 28% off on all of my products today.

You don't have to be a teacher to get in on the sale. It's free to join TeachersPayTeachers. Just visit the website and sign up.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Leap Year Sale on All My TpT Products

You can save as much as 28% off any of my products in my TpT Store. Now is your chance to get copies of any of my Simple Steps to Sentence Sense books as well as my newest product, All About Verbs at a greatly reduced price.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Don't Pass Around Your Password

Advice for my grandsons.

Oh, mercy me! I recently learned something disturbing . It seems that some teens are sharing their passwords to Facebook accounts, email accounts, and to the locks on their smart phones.

Why? As a show of friendship and trust. Also, as a show of affection to allow a boyfriend or girlfriend access to their most personal information.

Let me tell you that's a foolish thing to do, and it could lead you into trouble that could be embarrasing or worse. It could involve you in a serious situation.

What if you and your "friend" get into a disagreement or have a bad break up? Before you have time to think about changing your password, that "friend" could send emails in your name, post messages in your name, or send text messages in your name. If you think it can't happen, you are wrong. It can. It could. It might. It has.

Besides, what you write should be private. Keep your private life private. If you have a problem saying "no" to requests from people to share your passwords, just blame it on your parents. Tell your friends your parents would "skin you alive" if you shared your passwords. Be smart! Don't do it!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Liebster Award

I am so grateful to Amy Brown at Science Stuff for nominating me for the Liebster Award. 

Here’s an explanation of what the award is all about:

Liebster means “dearest” in German, and the award is intended to help up-and-coming blogs get the attention they deserve.

 In order to accept the award, the blog owner must do the following:

  1. Copy and paste the award on our blog.

  2. Link back to the blogger who gave us the award.

  3. Pick our five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have been nominated.

  4. Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.

I am pleased to accept this award and would like to pass it along to the following great blogs:

Be sure to take a look at all of the great blogs above. 

My sincere thanks to Amy at Science Stuff for nominating my blog for this award.