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Simple Steps to Sentence Sensefor Middle School contains exactly the same lesson notes, lesson pages, overhead transparency pages, and Sentence Analysis Map (SAM) as appear in the original Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for High School edition, but Simple Steps to Sentence Sensefor Middle School contains all new and different group practice sheets, individual practice sheets, tests, and writing connection pages.
Note: If you have already purchased Simple Steps to Sentence Sensefor High School and you need new exercises, tests, and writing connection pages, but not the notes, lesson pages, and overhead transparency pages, you may want to download the Simple Steps to Sentence Sense PACKET instead of this book. But, if you want the whole package including the notes, lesson pages, overhead transparency pages, group practice sheets, individual practice, sheets, tests and writing connection pages, then this book is for you.
Remember the key to teaching grammar the Simple Steps to Sentence Sense way is to follow the steps in order. Do not move to the next step until you are absolutely sure your students have mastered the step on which they are working.
Also, remember to print the SAM sheets on the front and back of a single sheet of paper. Give each student a SAM sheet and allow him/her to use it on all exercises and tests.
After students have completed all the lessons in the book, they will be proficient in analyzing even the most lengthy compound-complex sentences. Students will be better writers because they will also have had practice in writing such sentences on their own.
If students tell you this stuff is easy or this stuff is fun, be sure to take it as a personal compliment. You have made it easy by skillfully teaching them to follow the 8 Simple Steps to Sentence Sense.
If this is your first introduction to Simple Steps to Sentence Sense, be sure to take a look at the edition designed for high school students and adults. The lesson notes, lesson practice sheets, and overhead projector sheets are exactly the same as in this middle school version of the book, but the group practice exercises, the individual practice exercises, the writing connection pages, and the tests are all different from those included in the middle school edition. In addition, the high school edition contains advanced steps to help students prepare for A.P. exams.
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Charlene Tess taught English and creative writing to high school students and adults for over thirty-five years. She is listed in Who's Who in America. She has worked as an educational consultant helping other teachers use her Simple Steps to Sentence Sense grammar books and writes for several educational web sites.
Since she retired from teaching in public schools, she devotes her time to writing educational materials and writing fiction and teaching fiction writing to adults. She is the author of eight novels and four nonfiction grammar eBooks.
Charlene is a native Texan. She is currently homeschooling her grandson. She and her husband Jerry spend their free time traveling to promote her books and visiting with their two daughters and their three grandsons.