Help Spread the Word!
The way in which grammar
is taught in our schools is illiterate. Imagine students studying baking.
They are taught to identify all the different types of flour, sugar, spices,
etc. But they are never even shown how these ingredients work together
to make a pie, cake, or anything else. That is the way that grammar is
taught in our schools. Students learn definitions of noun, verb, clause,
etc., but they are never taught how to identify these things in real sentences!
KISS Grammar takes
an entirely different approach. First, students are taught how to identify
the basic parts of a sentence--subjects and verbs. Once they can do this,
adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases, etc. are added to their ability
to understand how sentences in real texts work. The KISS site includes
instructional materials, and thousands of exercises, each of which has
an "Analysis Key" for teachers. And everything on the site is free.
Check it out at KISSGrammar.org.
This section of the site
includes articles and other material that you are encouraged to send to
newspapers, your local school administrators, state Departments of Education,
your local state and federal legislators, and to anyone else who can help
solve the problem. In other words, you can publish anything from this page
in any publication, for free.
"Mr. 'But'-Head (Grammarian?)
Needs Your Help!"
Do you remember
being taught not to begin a sentence with "But"? More than 80% of my college
students did. Well, Mr. But-Head needs help to validate his rule. This
844-word article explains a research project that attempted to find a major
writer who obeys this rule. It includes the 33 major writers in Modern
Essays, Selected by Christopher Morley, The Federalist Papers,
the U.S. Constitution, and eight different translations of the Bible.
Three of the major writers did not use "but" to begin a sentence in their
essays in the anthology, but they did in other works. If they all break
the "rule," why can't everyone else? Help get the word out--share this
Explanations of and Data
for “Mr. ‘But’-Head (Grammarian?) Needs Your Help!”
Statistical studies are often
deceiving. This document assumes that you have read “Mr. ‘But’-Head (Grammarian?)
Needs Your Help!” For those who are interested, it contains explanations,
complications, and links to supporting spreadsheets that have the sentences
that were counted.
"What KISS Can Teach
You That Other Grammars Don’t"
This is an 82-page document that explains
what its title suggests. To my knowledge, KISS is the only grammar that
starts with subjects and verbs and then adds constructions until
students can explain (and thus understand) how every other word in a sentence
connects to a basic subject/verb pattern to make meaning. The "Table of
Contents" enables you to choose what you want to look at.