KISS Grammar Workbooks 2004 North Carolina Trainer Manual

Sample G 8: The Local Diving Board

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").

     One summer afternoon my friends and I were going to the swimming pool.

     On the way there, my friends talked about diving off the local diving board. I

had never done it because I was scared.

     When we got to the pool, we swam in the pool for a little while.

     Later, we got out to take a little break. I had a feeling they would ask if I

wanted to dive off the diving board. And they did. I said I would stay and watch

them, but they told me it was a lot of fun and I should try it. Since I didn't want

them to think I was a fraidy cat, I decided to give it a try. It didn't look too high.

     I got in line and waited my turn.

     When it was finally my turn, I nervously climbed up the steps to the board. "It

seems a lot higher up there than it did down there!" I thought to myself. I was

getting more and more nervous. I slowly walked to the end of the board. My knees

were knocking and I had goose bumps on my arms. I slowly counted to three "1 ...

2 ... 3." I put my hands together and dove. As I came up out of the water, I had a

proud smile on my face. I did it for the rest of the day and had lots of fun.

    I am very glad and proud I tried something new.

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.