from "The Little Match Girl,"
by Hans Christian Andersen
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Selection # 1 should be a good assessment
quiz, and selection # 2 should make a good exercise for third graders.
It could also be used for initial work on clauses.
Selection # 3 may present some problems. Its
advantages are that it includes a fair number of prepositional phrases,
including one that begins with "but." It also has interesting S/V/C patterns,
including two in which the subject appears after the verb. The problems
are in the clauses. Students working on S/V/C patterns will probably be
totally confused by the clause that functions as a subject of "was." You
might want to analyze that pattern for the students before you give it
to them as an exercise. With that done, this could be a good supplemental
exercise for all students. Recently, I received an e-mail asking for help
from a teacher. The mother of one of her students was complaining that
her son was not challenged enough in school. That type of student would
find this exercise challenging -- especially if the noun clause that functions
as a subject is not explained first.
Selection # 4 is a good exercise for third
graders, neither too simple, nor too complex, and thus would make a good
The two gerundives, the infinitive, and some
unusual S/V/C patterns and clauses will make Selection #5 a challenge for
Questions for Discussion and Writing
1.) Find at least five different things in the story that show that
the little girl was really poor and not just running away from home because
of an argument with her parents.
2.) Is there anything in the story that suggests who is responsible
for the situation of the little girl?
2.) Pretend you are writing this story, and, without looking at the
text, write your version of the story in as much detail as you can. [The
objective of this assignment is to get the students to write as much as
possible. Asking them to retell a story like this avoids their problems
in figuring out what to write.]
This background is based on an illustration
Jan Marcin Szancer (1902-1973) (Polish)
[For educational use only.]
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