An Ideal Sequence for KISS Grammar

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Book 3
 
     This book was designed as a model for third-grade classrooms. As you can see below, in addition to the grammar, it includes sections on vocabulary, style, reading, and writing. The book and the Teachers' Guide were close to or over 200 pages each--the table of contents was about five pages long. That length itself was one reason for thinking about breaking the book into parts. 
     There are, however, additional reasons. Unit 1 (the review section) itself is 19 pages long, and some people may not need to use it. If you are working with older students, you might want to use just: Unit 3 (subordinate clauses as direct objects); Unit 5 (the distinction between finite verbs and verbals), and Unit 9 (on verbals, modification and chunking). These are the concepts that are most important for understanding Book 4, and they are the concepts that have been added to the mid-term and final tests. (You might want to look at those sections first.)
     It would probably be a good idea to make sure that the students understand the concepts in Unit 4 (person, number, case, and tense), but they are most important as vocabulary. The two units that focus on vocabulary (6 and 10) introduce concepts that are built on in later grades, but teachers should determine their own objectives. [If you are wondering about the separation of similar concepts into two units each, it's a reflection of what educational psychologists call "interleaving"--instead of spending a long time on one topic, topics should be broken into smaller sections and returned to.]
     Most of the units have "Reading, Writing, Vocabulary & Style" sections that add considerably to their length. All of these sections are based on a story from James Baldwin's The Fairy Reader, the KISS edition of which is available below. In addition, many of the grammatical exercises are also based on sentences from Baldwin's text. How you want to use this is, of course, up to you.
     The individual booklet for each unit should make it easier for you to skip or delete the material that you do not want to use. Classroom teachers might also want students to create exercises that can replace those in this book, exercises that the students read for their courses.
   
James Baldwin's The Fairy Reader 66 pg     
Introduction & Unit 1 - Review 19 pg AK 28 pg

Constructions
Nouns Used as Adverbs, Interjections, and Direct Address 
     Ex. 1 - From The Tale of Samuel Whiskers 
Verbs 
     Ex. 2 - Helping Verbs -- Adapted from The Velveteen Rabbit 
     Ex. 3 - Phrasal Verbs from My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales 
     Ex. 4 - Palimpsest Patterns from The Fairy Reader 
     Ex. 5 - Varied Positions in S/V/C Patterns from My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales 
Prepositions 
     Ex. 6 - Is It a Preposition? from My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales 
     Ex. 7 - The “To” Problem - The Velveteen Rabbit 
     Ex. 8 - The Meanings of “Too” from Pinocchio 
     Ex. 9 - Writing Sentences with “To” and “Too” 
     Ex. 10 - Embedded Prepositional Phrases from The Velveteen Rabbit 
Mixed Complements 
     Ex. 11 – From Pinocchio 
     Ex. 12 – Mixed Complements based on Baldwin's “The Cat and the Fox” 
Clauses 
     Ex. 13 - Compound Main Clauses Adapted from The Velveteen Rabbit (#1) 
     Ex. 14 - Just for Fun: Q&A Puns 
Punctuation and Writing 
     Ex. 15 - Apostrophes for Possession from The Fairy Reader 
     Ex. 16 - Apostrophes in Contractions from Pinocchio 
     Ex. 17 - Fix the Punctuation - Baldwin's "Cat and the Fox" 
     Ex. 18 - Writing Assignments - "Cat and the Fox" -> In AK 
 
Unit 2 - Studies in Branching, Ellipsis, and Style 17 pg AK 17 pg

Constructions
Left, Right, and Mid-Branching 
     Ex. 1 - From Pinocchio, The Tale of a Puppet 
     Ex. 2 - From Pinocchio, The Tale of a Puppet 
Ellipsis (Prozeugma)
     Ex. 3 - Ellipsed Verbs from Pinocchio (#1) 
     Ex. 4 - Ellipsed Verbs from Pinocchio (#2) 
     Ex. 5 - Just for Fun: Q & A 
Reading, Writing, Vocabulary & Style 
 Rewriting Adjectives and Adverbs as Prepositional Phrases
     Ex. 6 - From Pinocchio, The Tale of a Puppet (1) 
     Ex. 7 - From Pinocchio, The Tale of a Puppet (2) 
Sentence Combining and De-combining 
     Ex. 8 - Sentence-Combining and De-combining from “The Moon’s Story” 
     Ex. 9 - Sentence-Combining (Compounds) from “The Goose Girl” 
     Ex. 10 - Branching ("The Moon's Story") 
     Ex. 11 - FiB - ("The Moon's Story") 
     Ex. 12 - Fixing Punctuation from "The Moon's Story" 
     Ex. 13 - Writing Exercise -- Baldwin's "The Moon's Story" -> In AK 
 
Unit 3 - Subordinate Clauses as Direct Objects 14 pg AK 8 pg

Constructions
Instructional Material 
     Ex. 1 - Subordinate Clauses as Direct Objects from The Velveteen Rabbit (#1) 
     Ex. 2 - Subordinate Clauses as Direct Objects from Pinocchio (#1) 
     Ex. 3 - Subordinate Clauses as Direct Objects from Pinocchio (#2) 
Quotation Marks to indicate words that are spoken (Passages) 
     Ex. 4 - “In the Garden” (Part 1) From Ben and Alice 
     Ex. 5 - “In the Garden” (Part 2) From Ben and Alice 
     Ex. 6 – “Come to My Party” (Part 1) From Ben and Alice 
     Ex. 7 – “Come to My Party” (Part 2) From Ben and Alice 
     Ex. 8 - Just for Fun: A Murder Mystery 
Reading, Writing, Vocabulary & Style 
     Ex. 9 - Adding Prepositional Phrases of Time and Place 
     Ex. 10 - Fill in the Blanks (Baldwin's "The Wolf and the Man") 
     Ex. 11 - Sentence Combining and De-combining "The Wolf and the Man") 
     Ex. 12 - Fixing Punctuation ("The Wolf and the Man") 
     Ex. 13 - Writing Topics ("The Wolf and the Man") -> In AK 
 
Unit 4 - Person, Number, Case and Tense 19 pg AK 14 pg

Constructions
Antecedents of Pronouns 
     Ex. 1 - From Maxwell’s Grammar 
     Ex. 2 - From Maxwell’s Grammar 
The “Person” in Personal Pronouns: Person, Number, and Case 
     Ex. 3 - Adapted from Wonderwings 
     Ex. 4. - Adapted from English for Use -- Book Three 
     Ex. 5 - “The Story of the First Diamonds” by Florence Holbrook 
Tense 
     Ex. 6 – Identifying Tenses from Pinocchio 
     Ex. 7 - Identifying Tenses from “Cinderella” 
Person, Number, Case, and Tense 
     Ex. 8 - Person, Number, Case, and Tense from “Hansel and Grethel” (1) 
     Ex. 9 - Two Just for Fun 
Reading, Writing, Vocabulary & Style 
     Ex. 10 - Adding Prepositional Phrases of Time and Space 
     Ex. 11 - Fill-in-the-Blanks (Baldwin's "The Fox and the Horse" 
     Ex. 12 - Sentence Combining and De-combining ("The Fox and The Horse") 
     Ex. 13 – Fix the Punctuation  ("The Fox and The Horse") 
     Ex. 14 - Writing - ("The Fox and the Horse") -> In AK 
 
Unit 5 - Finite Verb or Verbal? 31 pg AK 24 pg

Constructions
Introduction 
The Importance of Working Systematically 
1. Common Verbals That Function as Direct Objects 
     Ex. 1 – Common Verbals based on Pinocchio 
     Ex. 2 – Common Verbals based on Pinocchio 
2. The Noun Test 
     Ex. 3 – The Noun Test based on Pinocchio: The Story of a Puppet 
     Ex. 4 – The Noun Test from The Fairy Reader 
3. The “To” Test 
     Ex. 5 - “To” – Preposition, Verbal, or Part of a Finite Verb Phrase? from Pinocchio 
     Ex. 6 - From Pinocchio 
     Ex. 7 - “To” Test from The Fairy Reader 
4. The Sentence Test 
     Ex. 8 – The Sentence Test from Pinocchio 
     Ex. 9 - From The Velveteen Rabbit 
     Ex. 10 – The Sentence Test from The Fairy Reader 
5. The Three Tests (Summary) 
     Ex. 11 – The Three Tests from Pinocchio 
     Ex. 12 - From The Velveteen Rabbit 
     Ex. 13 – Mixed Verbals from The Fairy Reader 
     Ex. 14 – A Passage for Analysis from Pinocchio 
     Ex. 15 - Just for Fun 
Reading, Writing, Vocabulary & Style 
     Ex. 16 - Branching ("The Little Fir Tree") 
     Ex. 17 - Fill in the Blanks  ("The Little Fir Tree") 
     Ex. 18 - Sentence Combining and De-combining  ("The Little Fir Tree") 
     Ex. 19 - Style Models from Pinocchio 
     Ex. 20 – Fix the Punctuation ("The Little Fir Tree") 
     Ex. 21 - Writing Topics ("The Little Fir Tree") -> In AK 
 
Unit 6 - Vocabulary (1) 18 pg AK 10 pg

Abstract and Concrete Words 
     Ex. 1 - Adapted from Child-Story Reader (#1) 
Synonyms and Antonyms 
     Ex. 2 – Synonyms from Child-Story Readers (#1) 
     Ex. 3 - Antonyms from Child-Story Readers (1) 
Fill in the Blanks 
     Ex. 4 - Adapted from The Mother Tongue 
Word Families - Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots [IM] 
     Ex. 5 - An Introduction to Roots 
     Ex. 6 - An Introduction to Suffixes (-ful, -able, -ly) 
     Ex. 7 – The Prefixes  “Re-” and “Un-” 
     Ex. 8 - Just for Fun: 
Reading, Writing, Vocabulary & Style 
     Ex. 9 - Adding Prepositional Phrases of Time and Place 
     Ex. 10 - Adding Modifiers ("The Ugly Duckling") 
     Ex. 11 - Combining and De-combining (“The Ugly Duckling”) 
     Ex. 12 - A Writing Model: Abstract and Concrete (“The Ugly Duckling”) 
     Ex. 13 - Fix the Punctuation (the opening of Baldwin's "The Ugly Duckling") 
     Ex. 14 - Writing Topics ("The Ugly Duckling")  -> In AK 
 
Unit 7 - Statistical Stylistics (1)    AK  

These have yet to be done.
     Ex. 1 – Edit a text 
     Ex. 2 – Statistical Analysis of a Student’s Writing 
     Ex. 3 – Writing in Response to a Prompt 
     Ex. 4 – Statistical Analysis of My Own Writing (in Ex. 3) 
     Ex. 5 – Sentence Building with Modifiers 
     Ex. 6 – Sentence Combining & De-Combining 
     Ex. 7 – Fix the Punctuation 
 
Mid-Term Assessment Tests (In the AK book) -> 8 pg AK 19 pg

The directions, the sample test, and the texts on which the tests are based are all in the students' version. The Answer Keys and more tests are in the teachers' AK.
Directions
     MT Sample - Based on "Golden Memories" 
     MT Q1 - Based on "Golden Memories" 
     MT Q2 - Based on Aesop's "The Frogs and the Ox" 
     MT Q3 - Based on Aesop's "The Bear and the Bees" 
 
Unit 8 - The Logic of Modifiers 14 pg AK 12 pg

Adjectives and Adverbs 
     Ex. 1 - Adapted from “Wonderwings” 
     Ex. 2 - The Logic of Adjectives and Adverbs ("The Lost Spindle") 
The Logic of Prepositional Phrases 
     Ex. 3 - The Logic of Prepositional Phrases from My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales 
     Ex. 4 - The Logic of Prepositional Phrases (“The Lost Spindle”) 
     Ex. 5 - Just for Fun: 
Reading, Writing, Vocabulary & Style 
     Ex. 6 - The Suffixes “-er” and “-or” 
     Ex. 7 - Adding Modifiers of Time and Space  ("The Lost Spindle") 
     Ex. 8 - Branching  ("The Lost Spindle") 
     Ex. 9 - Sentence Combining and De-combining  ("The Lost Spindle") 
     Ex. 10 – Fix the Punctuation ("The Lost Spindle") 
     Ex. 11 - Writing topics ("The Lost Spindle") -> In AK 
 
Unit 9 - Verbals (Modification and Chunking) 23 pg AK 16 pg

Introduction 
1. Verbals as Subjects and Complements 
     Ex. 1 – Verbals as Subjects and Complements from Pinocchio 
     Ex. 2 – Verbals as Subjects and Complements from The Fairy Reader 
2. Verbals as Objects of Prepositions 
     Ex. 3 – Verbals as Objects of Prepositions from Pinocchio 
     Ex. 4 – Verbals as Objects of Prepositions from The Fairy Reader 
3. Verbals as Adjectives or Adverbs 
     Ex. 5 – Verbals as Adjectives and Adverbs from Pinocchio 
     Ex. 6 – Verbals as Adjectives or Adverbs from The Fairy Reader 
     Ex. 7 - Verbal or Prepositional Phrase? 
4 Ellipsis in Some Verbals 
     Ex. 8 – Ellipsed Verbals based on Pinocchio 
     Ex. 9 - Ellipsed Verbals as Complements 
     Ex. 10 – A Passage from Pinocchio 
     Ex. 11 - Just for Fun 
Reading, Writing, Vocabulary & Style
     Ex. 12 - Adding Prepositional Phrases of Time and Space 
     Ex. 13 – The Suffix “-less” 
     Ex. 14 - Fill in the Blanks from “The Little House in the Woods” 
     Ex. 15 - De-combining Sentences from “The Little House in the Woods” 
     Ex. 16 - Combining Sentences from “The Little House in the Woods” 
     Ex. 17 - Writing Model (Abstract and Concrete) from Pinocchio 
     Ex. 18 – Fix the Punctuation ("The Little House in the Woods") 
     Ex. 19 - Writing Topics ("The Little House in the Woods") -> In AK 
 
Unit 10 - Vocabulary (2) 16 pg AK 11 pg

Abstract and Concrete Words 
     Ex. 1 - Adapted from Child-Story Readers (2) 
Synonyms and Antonyms 
     Ex. 2 - Synonyms – From “Jack and His Golden Box” 
     Ex. 3 - Antonyms from Voyages in English (1) 
Fill in the Blanks 
     Ex. 4 - Adapted from The Mother Tongue (#2) 
Word Families - Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots 
     Ex. 5 – The Prefix “dis-” to Create Antonyms 
     Ex. 6 - The Suffix –ous 
     Ex. 7 – The Suffix –ive 
     Ex. 8 - Just for Fun: 
Reading, Writing, Vocabulary & Style 
     Ex. 9 - Adding Prepositional Phrases of Time and Space 
     Ex. 10 - FiB ("The Story of Thumbling") 
     Ex. 11 - Branching  ("The Story of Thumbling") 
     Ex. 12 - Sentence Combining and De-combining  ("The Story of Thumbling") 
     Ex. 13 – Writing Models   ("The Story of Thumbling") 
     Ex. 14 – Fix the Punctuation  ("The Story of Thumbling") 
     Ex. 15 - Writing Topics  ("The Story of Thumbling") -> In AK 
 
Unit 11 - Additional Passages for Analysis 14 pg AK 11 pg

Directions for all the exercises in this unit 
     Ex. 1 - The Young Crab and his Mother 
     Ex. 2 - The Shark and the Mackerel 
     Ex. 3 - The Kitten and the Wasp 
     Ex. 4 – The Fisherman and the Foolish Little Fish 
     Ex. 5 – A Passage for Analysis from Pinocchio 
     Ex. 6 - Just for Fun: "Terror" 
Reading, Writing, Vocabulary & Style 
     Ex. 7 – The Suffix -ness Names the Quality of 
     Ex. 8 - Fill in the Blanks 
     Ex. 9 - Sentence Combining and De-combining 
     Ex. 10 – Writing Model: Abstract and Concrete, from Pinocchio 
     Ex. 11 – Fix the Punctuation - Briar Rose 
     Ex. 12 - Writing Topic Baldwin's ("Briar Rose")  -> In AK 
 
Unit 12 - Statistical Stylistics (2)    AK  

These have yet to be done.
     Ex. 1 – Edit a text 
     Ex. 2 – Statistical Analysis of a Student’s Writing 
     Ex. 3 – Writing in Response to a Prompt 
     Ex. 4 – Statistical Analysis of My Own Writing (in Ex. 3) 
     Ex. 5 – Sentence Building with Modifiers 
     Ex. 6 – Sentence Combining 
     Ex. 7 – Sentence De-combining 
     Ex. 8 – Fix the Punctuation 
     Ex. 9 - Comprehensive Writing Assignment 
 
Unit 13 - Play "Hare & Tortoise" 9 pg AK 10 pg

THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE [text] 
     Ex. 1 - A KISS Grammar Passage for Analysis 
     Ex. 2 - Part Two 
     Ex. 3 – Rhys’ “The Hare and the Tortoise” 
     Ex. 4 –Detmold’s “The Hare and The Tortoise” 
     Ex. 5 – Herford’s THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE 
     Ex. 6 - Writing Assignments for “The Hare and the Tortoise” 
 
Final Assessment Tests (In the AK book) -> 10 pg AK 20 pg

The directions, the sample test, and the texts on which the tests are based are all in the students' version. The Answer Keys and more tests are in the teachers' AK.
Directions
     FT Sample - Based on Aesop's "The Fox and the Crow" 
     FT 1 - Adapted from "Why the Mole Is Blind" 
     FT 2 - Adapted from "The Two Squirrels" 
     FT 3 - Adapted from Aesop's "Venus and the Cat"