The KISS Grammar Game

Downloading & Using  the Editions

     You may, of course, use, free of charge, any pages from this web site, but you may not sell them. (That is why they are copyrighted.) This page provides direct access to basic game materials that you will need for either the classroom or the formal versions of the game. To get materials for a specific edition, go to that edition.

     There are several ways to get and use materials from the net.

Getting Texts:

     Often, the simplest is to go to the document you want and print it from your browser. That may not, however, give you the page layout that you want. You may want to save a document to disk as a text file. You can then open the file in your word processor and format it however you wish. As you may know, texts on the net include mark-up codes (directions in brackets which tell your browser what to do with the text for the screen, etc.) If you simply save a file, you will get all the codes with it. Your browser may, however, let you save just the text without the codes. In Netscape's Communicator 4.0, for example, you can do this by choosing "Save as." Choose the directory you want to save to. Then, from the "Save as type:" option, choose "Plain text (*.txt)." Unfortunately, if you simply click on "Save," you will probably still get all the codes. (I do.) To avoid that, click and drag over the ".htm" extension in the File Name, and replace it with ".txt". Then click on "Save." Your saved file should include all the text in the original document, but none of the mark-up codes.

Getting Graphics:

      Because different browsers portray things differently on the screen, because people's computers have different screen resolutions, and because the answer keys require a lot of arrows, boxes, etc. which would be all out of whack if I did them in mark-up language (assuming that I could learn how), the question and answer sheets are all provided here as graphics. You may be able to print them directly from your browser, but you may want to save them as graphic files to a disk and then print them from a different program. (This will give you much more control over size and placement on a page.) To save a graphic from the net, click on the graphic with the right mouse button. From the menu that pops up, choose "Save Image as." Select the directory you want to save it to, and then click on "Save."
     Graphics are saved here in either GIF or JPG format, whichever consumes the least disk space. If your word processor or other page layout program will not accept these types of graphics files, there are a number of file conversion programs available on the web.

For the Quick, Classroom Version

 For the Longer, Formal Version

Keeping Your Costs Down

       Overhead transparencies for a plain paper copier can cost $.30 each; transparencies for a printer, $.80. And that does not include the cost of xeroxing or printing. You might be able to get an office supply store to make you colored transparencies for $1.50 each. To make a complete set of answer keys just for the Biology Edition (Levels 3 - 6), you would need 76 transparencies ($114, at $1.50 each). If we add $11.60 for a set of 29 question sheets ($.30 + $.10 -- for xeroxing = $.40 each x 29), then making the overheads for the Biology Edition would cost $125.60.
     You could, however, make and get what you need for about $25. Make TWO sets of question sheets ($23.20), and buy a few washable ink markers. Use the markers to turn one set of question sheets into the Answer Keys for whichever level you want your students to work at. [This will also give you the opportunity to change whichever of my suggested answers that you disagree with.] To change the Keys to a simpler level, simply wash the sheets and re-mark them.