Monday, December 29, 2014

Super Secondary Halfway Sale on TpT

Super Secondary Halfway Sale on TeachersPayTeachers.com

Happy New Year 2015 Poster

It's hard to believe that the school year is nearly halfway over. The spring semester will be a very important one, and several of the secondary teacher/authors on TeachersPayTeachers.com have decided to hold a two-day sale. You can grab some awesome products on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Take a look below at all the stores that will be participating in the sale.


Click here to visit my store. All my Simple Steps to Sentence Sense books will be on sale.


Click here to be directed to a pdf of the poster below. After you download it, you can click on any of pictures in the circles and go straight to one these terrific stores. You do not need to enter a code at checkout this time.


Start your new year off right and stock up on great materials to use in the second half of the year. The sale is December 31st and January 1st only!




A huge thank you to Gina Wilson of All Things Algebra for organizing this sale 
and creating the poster above.





All the best,

photo and signature Charlene Tess

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Free Holiday Recipe eBook from the Secondary Teachers of TpT


A FREE Holiday Recipe eBook from 

the Secondary Teachers of TpT

Enjoy 46 Holiday Recipes! 

Holiday Recipe Book


Here is a colorful eBook filled with 46 recipes to help with your holiday meal planning. This book is a gift from the Super Secondary Teachers from TeachersPayTeachers.com. 
Click here for your copy.


Since I am a Texan, I have always loved Mexican food. Check out my recipe on page 12 for Chicken Tortilla Soup. I hope your family enjoys this spicy soup as much as mine does!

Have a wonderful Christmas and be sure to check back with me in 2015. I will have several new and exciting products in my store. Also, my sister Judi and I are about halfway finished with our latest novel that will be out next year! Click here to see my novels.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blast-off to a Great School Year



BLAST-OFF TO A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR


Blast Off to a Great School  Year

ToT is having a great Back-to-School BOOST Sale.
It's today, August 20, 2014.

Click Here


Enter the code BOOST at checkout at receive up to 28% off on selected products.
All my Simple Steps to Sentence Sense books and products are 28% off.


While you are there, check out the great products for elememtary grades, too. Visit my good friend, at the Wise Owl Factory Store. Click here.


Make this year your very best yet!

All the best,











Thursday, August 7, 2014

6 Confusing Words to Master

Here are 6 confusing words to master when you write. Although they sound very much alike, they have different meanings.

Tess' Tips 6 Confusing Words to Master


Dying – means that a living being is no longer alive. Dying is the present participle of the verb die.
Examples: I am just dying to see your new car. The poor man is dying of a horrible disease.
Dyeing - means to change the color of something by using a dye.
Examples:  Mother is dyeing her hair brown to hide the gray hairs. Jane is dyeing her shoes to match her dress.

Weather – means changes in the atmospheric condition.
Examples: We need to check the weather before we set sail. The weather is warm and dry today.
Whether – is used to indicate possibilities or choices .
Example: He was not sure whether or not to eat the sushi.
Whether - also means if something is or was true.
Example: Will you find out whether or not they want to go with us to the movie?
HINT: When choosing between weather and whether, be sure to pronounce the “h” in whether. If you are talking about clouds, rain, etc, choose weather. There is no “h” sound in weather.

Advice – is a noun that means an opinion or suggestion that one gives to another.
Advise – is a verb that means to give an opinion or suggestion.
HINT: Try substituting the word feedback into the sentence. If it makes sense, choose the noun advice.
Example A: I need your (advice, advise) on how long my speech should be.
I need your (feedback) on how long my speech should be.
Since you could substitute the word feedback in this sentence, choose advice.
Example B:  You need to (advice, advise) me on how long my speech should be.
You need to (feedback) me on how long my speech should be.
Since you could not substitute the word feedback in this sentence, choose advise.

Click here for a free lesson and exercise on correctly using these 6 confusing words.

Be sure to visit my store for more free lessons and take a look at my Simple Steps to Sentence books. Help your students learn grammar and usage the easy way.

All the best,

photo and signature Charlene Tess

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Back to School Sale by Super Secondary Teachers


WOW! Here are the 37 members of the Super Secondary Teachers Group on TeachersPayTeachers.com as we looked in "back in the day" in our yearbooks. My photo was taken when I was a senior in high school. I won't tell you how long ago that really was. All of us have changed a bit, but some things haven't. We love teaching and we love to create products that secondary students will love. During the Back-to-School Sale, you can find amazing products from all of these teachers at up to 28% off. Just visit TeachersPayTeachers.com on August 4th and 5th and enter the Promo Code BTS14 at checkout. You could get up to a 28% discount.

Visit any or all of our stores and see the fantastic bargains on our best products.


Links to the other Super Secondary Teachers' store are listed below:

Addie Williams   http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Addie-Williams
21st Century Math Projects  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/21st-Century-Math-Projects

The Career Ready Teacher Http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Missy-Emerine

A huge thank you to Danielle Weinburg Knight for the Yearbook Sales Graphic above.


Have a great beginning to your school year! Check back often. We add new products every day.


All the best,



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Beware of Creating Sweeping Generalizations

Beware of Creating Sweeping Generalizations

Tess' Tips Beware of Creating Sweeping Generalizations


This is the third post in a series about the comparison of adjectives and adverbs. If you missed the first two posts, click here and here.

When using the superlative degree, it is important to avoid creating sweeping generalizations.

A sweeping generalization creates a statement that is too broad. 

The superlative degree is created by adding est to some words, or adding the word most.
For example: happiest or most enjoyable

When you add est or use the word most, it is easy to create a sweeping statement that goes too far in its description.

Examples:

Sweeping Generalization: Benjamin Franklin was the most brilliant of all inventors.
Better: Benjamin Franklin was one of the most brilliant of all inventors.

Sweeping Generalization: Terry Bradshaw was the greatest of all quarterbacks in football history.
Better: Terry Bradshaw is considered by many one of the greatest of all quarterbacks in football history.

It's important not to get carried away with the superlative degree and say way more than you intended to say. Use qualifying words to make the superlative degree more acceptable.

I hope you have a restful summer. Check back here most Thursdays for more tips on grammar and usage.

Visit my store for more helpful lessons on grammar and usage.

All the best,
Charlene Tess' photo and signature


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Special Opportunities for Teacher Appreciation Week

WOW! This week is filled with opportunities for Teachers. Take a look:

TpT is having a site wide sale May 6 and 7. It's Teacher Appreciation Week, and we appreciate teachers because we are teachers. Take this opportunity to save up to 28% on hundreds of quality products prepared by secondary teachers. Click here to visit my store and look around at all of the teachers featured in the poster above.


Teacher's Notebook is having a contest that any Teachers Notebook member can enter. Click here to enter. While you are there check out my shop. 

Thanks, teachers, for all that you do!





Monday, April 28, 2014

Are Your Students Ready for the 2014 AP Exams?


Are your students ready for the AP exams? It's just a few days until they begin in May. Click here for the complete schedule of exams.


The English Literature and Composition Exam is Thursday, May 8th, and 
the English Language and Composition Exam is May 9th.

I have a few products that could be helpful to prepare for the English exams. Take a look at the products below and see if any of them would be useful.

Pretty Darn Fast Poetry Analysis Technique

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 students as much as it helped mine. 

Archetypes in Literature Critical Essay

This is the critical essay on literary archetypes that I assigned as a final exam for students in my Advanced Placement classes. It can be used in any literature class as a review exam of archetypes in literature. It includes a prewriting assignment and the rubric I used to grade the students' papers.

Keeping a Reading Reaction Journal

This handout shows students how to keep a journal that will help them remember and analyze what they have read. Teachers can use the journal to evaluate whether or not students are doing a close reading of assigned literary works. 

This is a valuable tool for you and your students, and it is especially useful as a study tool for AP students while reading advanced literary selections. 

Advanced Analysis Unit from Simple Steps to Sentence Sense

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. The Advanced Sentence Analysis unit in the Simple Steps to Sentence Sense series assumes that students understand Steps 1-8 and condenses the eight steps into four. This method of sentence analysis is quicker and is especially helpful for college bound students and students in Advanced Placement classes. 

A Tip Sheet for Writing a Critical Essay in 40 Minutes

Help your students prepare for the critical essays they will write on the English AP Exams.



 Good luck to everyone who is taking the exams. 


All the best,





Monday, April 14, 2014

The Oregon Teacher Job Fair is in Portland This Week

The Oregon Teacher Job Fair is in Portland This Week

Over 150 school districts will be interviewing more than a thousand teachers this week. The districts are looking for great teachers and the teachers are looking for great districts. After they decide on their career positions, they will need great materials to use in their classrooms.

While they are in Portland, they will be stopping by the TeachersPayTeachers booth where they will find goodie bags and freebies donated by a group of TeachersPayTeachers sellers.

I am one of those sellers, and I would like to share my freebies with you. You will also find everything in my store 10% off during the Job Fair.


Click here to get my freebie on Commonly Confused Words.

I have other freebies in my TeachersPayTeachers Store. Click here to see.


Click here to see what other teachers are offering free during the Oregon Teacher Fair.

Enjoy!








Thursday, March 27, 2014

5 Capitalization Hints and a Free Practice Exercise

5 Capitalization Hints - and a Free Practice Exercise



5 Capitalization Hints 

 1. Don’t capitalize seasons: 
     summer, fall, winter, spring

2. Don’t capitalize school subjects unless they are followed by a number or they are a language.
    These are correct:  biology, Biology II, French, history, math, Algebra I

3. Capitalize directions if they name a region of  the country, but not when they indicate a direction of the compass.
    Correct: I love the food in the South. 
                 Go two blocks north, and then turn west at the stop sign.

4. Do not capitalize earth, sun, or moon unless they appear in a list of other capitalized celestial bodies.
    Correct:  I love the smell of the earth after a rain. 
                  Today we studied Earth, Jupiter, Mars, and Venus.

5. Do not capitalize, web, web page, web site, but do capitalize World Wide Web and Internet.
    Correct:  I am going to use the Internet today to create a new web page.
                   I cannot imagine how many web sites exist on the World Wide Web.
5 Capitalization Hints and a Free Practice Exercise

Enjoy!



Friday, March 14, 2014

Grin and Grab it Freebie Day

What is Grin and Grab it Freebie Day? Today only, several TpT sellers are offering one priced product for free. Please see the product cover pictures and links, below, to Teachers Pay Teachers to get your freebies. This promotion ends tonight, but please leave feedback while the products are still free as it can't be added after the products are priced again. We are having a give away of a $25 dollar gift certificate for Teachers Pay Teacher for our first Grin and Grab it Day! See the Rafflecopter information, below. Grin-and-Grab-it-Day
Tiny-World-of-Insects-Magnified-by-a-Scanning-Electron-Microscope2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th,7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Tiny World of Insects Magnified by a Scanning Electron Microscope

This Powerpoint slide show and PDF printable file includes images of insects and insect parts.

Artistic Educational Tools Store on TpT

Persuasive-Speech-Visual-Aid-Project-with-Rubric7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool

Persuasive Speech & Visual Aid Project with Rubric

Argumentative Oral Presentation Project, Rubric for Grading, Argumentative Speech

ann-Marie-Smith-Persuasive-Speech-Visual-Aid-Project-with-Rubric

Calendar-Math-Birthdays-2013-2016-and-Printable-Student-PDFsKindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Student PDFs includedThis product is updated each year with more calendar years, so check back and re-download each fall.

Calendar Math, Birthdays 2013-2016 and Printable Student PDFs

For 2013 thru December 2016 SMART Board, Power Point, and PDFs

Wise Owl Factory on TpT

Breakfast-Lunch-Desayuno-Almuerzo-Vocabulary-Practice-Cloze Breakfast, Lunch, Desayuno, Almuerzo Vocabulary Practice Cloze“Cloze” sentences give clues to breakfast and lunch vocabulary words in Spanish.

La-Profesora-Frida-store-on-TpT

Three-Ways-Authors-Reveal-Characters 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th,Adult Education, Homeschool

Three Ways Authors Reveal Characters

Authors reveal the physical descriptions and the personality traits of the characters they create by using either direct or indirect characterization.

Charlene-Tess

We will not usually have a give away when we have our random Grin and Grab it Days, but today the winner was Danielle. Thanks, everyone, we hope you enjoy your new resources! Grin-and-Grab-it-winner