Sept. 9, 2019
We are having a problem with accessing the Yahoo KISSGraammarGroup and are trying to resolve it.
Everything on this site is free: there are no materials for sale.
Many of the documents on this site are now being made in MS Word. If
you do not have MS Word (or a program that can open these documents), go
to the Microsoft
site where you can get a free reader that will let you open and print
them, or you might want to find and try the free "OpenOffice" software
on the web.
Most approaches to grammar cover individual constructions (subjects and verbs, for example), give students a few simplistic exercises, and then ignore subjects and verbs to move on to another construction. They never put all these constructions together such that students can understand how sentences work. KISS, however, is a group of carefully designed sequences of instructional materials and exercises in which students build on what they have previously learned. Ultimately, the KISS sequences can enable students to identify and discuss the function of almost every word in anything that they read or write. Along the way, KISS enables students to understand major questions of errors, style, and logic.
Originally, KISS materials were organized into five "levels" that more or less follow the way in which these constructions naturally develop.
Level 1. The Basics: simple subjects, verbs, complements (predicate noun, adjective, direct and indirect objects), adjectives and adverbs, compounds, and prepositional phrasesAs KISS was being developed from real, randomly selected texts, complications were found that are not addressed in most textbooks. As a simple example, "to" can function as a preposition ("to the house"), or it can function as the sign of an infinitive ("to go"). This confuses students, so KISS devotes exercises to such complications, exercises that you will not find in most textbooks. Over the years, these complications became sub-levels in the original five.
* Although I am somewhat embarrassed to note it, you may find grammatical and spelling errors on this site. I do my best, but I teach five sections of Freshman composition/Introduction to Literature every semester. As a result, I often have to rush to get something onto this section of the site, or I have to drop it before I would like to, so that I can prepare for my classes. That is not a good excuse, but it is, I hope, justification for a plea for help. Someone once sent me an e-mail to tell me that she found several spelling errors "on the site." The "site," however, consists of several hundred documents, and if I take the time to reread/edit all of them, I will have even less time to respond to questions, etc. If you find an error, please send the page to me . It will be even more helpful if you tell me what and where the errors are. Thank you.