March 5, 2021
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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
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.
Using KISS Instructional
Instruction with KISS can begin
as early as first grade, or in college. The site was started around 2003,
and since then it has grown. There are, therefore, parts of the site that
need to be completed, revised, condensed, or replaced. The options now
include several one-year (or semester) sequences and also two multi-year
designs. The options are large enough that I have moved them to their own
links to the free KISS Instructional Sequences
Codes for the Teachers' Answer Keys
There have been a few minor changes
in the codes, but this guide will help you understand a complete KISS analysis
for all the exercises so that you can be ahead of your students and answer
the majority of their questions.
This model changes the study of
grammar from the study of isolated constructions and a bunch of "don't"
rules to a study of how our brains do process sentences by chunking
words into phrases and phrases into clauses. It thereby explains why "errors"
are (or are not) problems.
Master Collection of Exercises
includes links to the instructional materials and most of the exercises
for each of the original KISS levels. You can use it to find supplemental
or optional exercises for your students.
KISS Grammar Game
My students surprised
me with their enthusiasm in playing this gane.
* 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.