KISS Grammar Workbooks 2004 North Carolina Trainer Manual

Sample G 7: A Surprise Breakfast

1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline finite verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements (PA, PN, IO, or DO).
3. Place brackets [ ] around each subordinate clause. Draw an arrow from the opening bracket of adverbial and adjectival clauses to the word that the clause modifies. Label the function of noun clauses.
4. Place a vertical line after each main clause.
5. Label each interjection ("Inj"), each noun used as an adverb ("NuA"), and each example of direct address ("DirA").

     A time I tried something new is when my sister and I tried to cook a surprise

breakfast for my mom and dad. It was a surprise but not a very pleasant surprise.

     It was morning when we started. I was putting the bacon in the microwave

when my sister asked Alice and me how high she should put the eggs on. "Low or

High," she asked. "High" we answered. So she put it on high. Soon we started

smelling smoke. It was the eggs! The burner was red. The eggs were black. Alice

started trying to turn off the stove, but she couldn't reach it. Then I tried to turn it

off, but every time I tried, it felt like I was going to get burnt. Sarah tried too, but

she felt the same way I did. We went up to my dad's room and told him. He just

told us to turn it off. We told him that we might get burnt. He said, "No you won't."

We went back downstairs when the fire alarm went off. We ran back upstairs and

asked dad if he would please come downstairs and turn off the stove. So he came

downstairs and turned off the stove. When dad tried to take the pan off the

stove, we realized that the pan was melted to the stove.

     So never try to cook a surprise breakfast unless you know how.

Second: Graphing Words per Main Clause [Click here for the table.]

     Use the table to make a graph of the number of words in each of the first thirteen main clauses. Use one column for each main clause. If a sentence has one main clause, or if the main clause is the first in a sentence, for each word in the clause color one block in its column blue. If a main clause is the second (or later) in a compound sentence, color the blocks light blue.