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The Hind in the Wood
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KISS Workbooks are passages from texts in the public domain. You can find
links to collections of exercises based on different authors here.
Adams, Henry. The
Henry Adams Page
"Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp"
Andersen, Hans Christian (1805-1875) "The
Little Match Girl"
_____. Stories from Hans Andersen
with illustrations by Edmund Dulac.
Anderson, Sherwood, "The Egg"
Austen, Jane: The KISS
Grammar Jane Austen Page
Selections from Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey,
and Pride and Prejudice.
Aym?, Marcel. from "The Walker-Through-Walls"
Baldwin, James. "Cornelia's
Barrie, J. M. Selections
from Peter Pan
Bashford, Herbert. "Alice"
Bawden, Nina. from Carrie's War
B-I-N-G-O ("There was a farmer")
Biographical Sketches Page
Bird, Robert. "The Fairy Folk"
Blaisdell, Mary Frances. Bunny
Blake, William. "London"
Blanden, Charles G. "A Song the Grass
Brome, Alexander. "Why I Love Her"
Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights
Brooks, Phillips. "O Little Town of
Bryant, Lorinda Munson. From The
Children's Book of Celebrated Pictures
Burgess, Thornton W. The
Thornton Burgess Page
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The
Burroughs, John. From
"The tragedy of the nests"
Carroll, Lewis The KISS Grammar
Lewis Carroll Page
Cather, Willa. The
KISS Willa Cather Page
Chekhov, Anton. The Anton
Chodzko, Alexander. "The Twelve
Months -- A Slav Legend"
Christie, Agatha. The KISS Grammar
Agatha Christie Page
Churchill, Winston - The KISS Grammar
Winston Churchill Page
Clifford, Ethel. "The Last Hour"
Collodi, C. Pinocchio --
The Tale of a Puppet
The Children of Odin
Conrad, Joseph. The Joseph Conrad
Opening of The Golden Fleece
Cooper, James Fenimore. The James
Fenimore Cooper Page
Coppee, Francois "The Wooden Shoes
of Little Wolff"
Cram, Ralph A. From "In Kropfsberg
Crane, Stephen. The Stephen
The Declaration of Independence
(The Opening Paragraph)
Dickens, Charles. The
Charles Dickens Page
See also: "A Child's Dream
of a Star"
Donne, John "Holy Sonnet XIV"
"There is No Frigate Like a Book"
Exercises based on books from
Dreiser, Theodore. "The Lost
Eco, Umberto, The Name of the
"Hansel and Gretel"
"Jack and the Beanstalk"
"Little Red Riding Hood"
Fawcett, Edgar. "To an Oriole"
Frost, Robert -- The
Robert Frost Page
Gates, Doris. Selections from Blue
Edward. From The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Deeds: Stories from History
Greenaway, Kate. "Shall
Gruelle, Johnny, Friendly Fairies.1919.
Hackworth, David H. from
"The Fighter's Badge"
Harte, Bret, The Queen of the
Hawes, Charles Boardman. Three selections
from The Dark Frigate
The Scarlet Letter
Heilbroner, Robert L. from
The Short Stories Page
Herford, Oliver. [The KISS Oliver
Higginson, Ella. "Four-Leaf Clover"
Florence. From The Book of Nature Myths
"House That Jack Built, The"
Howes, Edith. Wonderwings
and other Fairy Stories
Irving, Washington. The KISS
Washington Irving Page
James, Henry. The Opening
Paragraph of Daisy Miller
James, William. "The Ethical
and Pedagogical Importance of the Principle of Habit"
Jerome, Jerome K..Four Selections
from "Cheeses," from Three Men in a Boat,
Kay, Guy Gavriel. from A Song
Key, Francis Scott (1779 - 1843). "The
Kilmer, Joyce. "Trees"
King, Jr., Martin Luther. from "A
Letter from Birmingham Jail"
The Heroes, or Greek
Fairy Tales For My Children
Kipling, Rudyard. Just So Stories
"Young and Old" (from The
Knight, Eric. Lassie, Come
Lang, Andrew, The KISS Andrew Lang Page
Lang, Jean. A Book of Myths
Le Fanu, J. Sheridan. "Squire
Lincoln, Abraham. "The Gettysburg
London, Jack. The Jack London Page
Lowry, Lois. The Lois Lowry Page
MacDonald, Betty. The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
Macdonald, George. At
the Back of the North Wind, Simplified by Elizabeth Lewis
Mansfield, Katherine (Page)
Marvell, Andrew. "To His Coy Mistress"
Maupassant, Guy de "The Necklace"
Carroll Lewis. Representative Narratives
Melville, Herman. The Herman
"Metal King, The" (A German
Moore, Clement Clarke. "'Twas the night
Morley, Christopher, Modern Essays,
Selected by Christopher Morley
Moulton, Louise Chandler. "A Summer
Ober, Frederick A. “Old
Put” The Patriot
Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ram?e) A
Dog of Flanders
Pascal, Blaise Pensees
Perry, William G. From "Examsmanship
and the Liberal Arts"
Peters, Elis. The Ellis Peters
Picard, Barbara Leonie. Selection
from One is One
Plato. Five Selections from "The
Allegory of the Cave"
Pledge of Allegiance, The [Grade
3, March 2]
Plutarch. "Two Translations of a
Passage from Plutarch's 'Dion': A Study in Style"
Poe, Edgar Allan. The KISS
Edgar Allan Poe Page
Potter, Beatrix. The
KISS Beatrix Potter Page
Poulsson, Emilie. "The Fairy's New Year
Pyle, Hoard. "With the Buccaneers"
[Grade 6, April 17] [Grade
11, March 2]
Renault, Mary. from The King
Riley, James Whitcombe. "A
Roberts, Charles G. D. "The Frosted
Rumi, Jalaluddin. (Persian, 1207-1273) "A
Sandburg - The KISS Grammar Carl
Saxe, John Godfrey. "The Blind Men and
the Elephant: A Hindoo Fable"
Schoolcraft, Henry R."The Spring
Beauty: An Ojibbeway Legend"
Sears, Edmund Hamilton. "It Came
upon a Midnight Clear"
Sewell, Anna. Black Beauty
Shelley, Percy Bysshe. "England
Short Story Collection
Smith, Homer W. A Symbolic Paragraph
"Sing a Song of Sixpence"
Smythe, E. Louise "The Ugly
Sonnets, A Collection of
Southey, Robert. "The Cataract
Spyri, Johanna. Heidi
Steinbeck, John. The Red Pony
Augusta. Children's Classics in Dramatic Form
Stevenson, Robert Louis.
A Child's Garden
Stoddard, Richard Henry. "The Sea"
The Master of Ballantrae
"The Eagle" (A Fragment)
Thaxter, Cecila. "Little Gustava"
"Song: The Owl"
Thackeray, William Makepeace
Thoreau, Henry David. "Nature"
Thorley, Wilfrid. "Buttercups"
Tolkien, J.R.R. The J. R.
R. Tolkien Page
Opinions" Four Selections plus "A Study in Semicolons"
"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
on the Mississippi
Verne, Jules. Twenty
Thousand Leagues Under the Seas
Vredenburg, Edric. My Book
of Favorite Fairy Tales
Walker, Abbie Phillips. Sandman's
Weick, W. H. ? C. Grebner. "The Three Little Butterfly Brothers"
A German Fairy Tale
Warner, Sylvia Townsend. Selections
from Mr. Fortune's Maggot
Welty, Eudora. The opening paragraph
of "A Worn Path"
Wharton, Edith - The Edith Wharton
White, E. B.
Three Passages from Stuart
Wilde, Oscar. The Oscar Wilde Page
From The Trumpet of the
Williams, Margery. The Velveteen
"I Wandered Lonely
as a Cloud"
"My Heart Leaps Up"
"Written in March"
These are primarily used for passages for analysis and include
pictures of the art.
Konody, Paul G.
School Readers and Grammar Textbooks
Annual Mammoth Book, Florence
The Beacon Second Reader,
by James H. Fassett
Ben and Alice. American Book
Beveridge, John H., Belle M.
Ryan, ? William D. Lewis. English for Use -- Book Three
Browne, Hetty S., Sarah Withers,
and W. K. Tate. The Child's World --Third Reader
Campbell, Rev. Paul E. Voyages
in English - Fifth Year
Readers: Wonder Stories 3 by Frank N. Freeman, Grace E. Storm,
Eleanor M. Johnson, and W.C. French Illustrated by Vera Stone Norman. New
York: Lyons and Carnahan, 1927-29-36.
Chit-chat Stories for Little
The Elson Readers Primer, by William
H. Elson and Lura E. Runkel. Chicago: Scott, Foresman and Company,
Classics First Reader
Funk and Wagnall's Standard First
Growth in English, by
Carleton E. Gougls, Burton P. Gowler, Mabel E. Simpson, Mary A. Adams,
with illustrations by Marguerite Davis. New York: Newson ? Company, 1936.
Haliburton First Reader
Kittredge, George and Sarah
Arnold. The Mother Tongue, Book II
Long, Mason. The New College Grammar
H. Introductory Lessons in English Grammar for Use in Intermediate
Grades. New York: American Book Company, 1894.
First Reader, by Charles J. Barnes, et al.
Nursery Rhymes, A Collection for
to Reading: Fourth Reader, by Bessie Blackstone Coleman, Willis
L. Uhl, and James Fleming Hosic
Pennell, Mary E., and Alice M. Cusack.
Children's Own Readers - Book Three
in (from various)
Sadlier, William. Lessons in English:
Higher Course, 1893