KISS Grammar Workbooks 2004 North Carolina Trainer Manual

Sample TA - 3 -- Swimming

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 hot summer day my mom told me that we were going swimming. I got a

little scared because I didn't know how to swim. But my mom took me to

swimming lessons so one day I can go swim. My coach's name was Miss. Stacy.

Every Monday I went to her gym, and my mom went with me to see how good I

am about swimming. One day my mom and Miss. Stacy had a little talk about how

I was in her class, and if I was a little scared about swimming. I was because I

thought I was going to go all the way down in the pool, but I really wasn't. My

mom said that everyone gets scared sometimes. So we went home after that.

     While my mom was in the car driving, she said to me that I was getting good in

swimming lessons, and because of that "you and I are going to the real one,

okay?" The next morning I knew we were going swimming so that day had come,

and in the afternoon my mom and I were going to the swimming pool. In the

afternoon my mom and I went there, but it was closed, and my mom told me,

"We will go back there before dark time comes."

     A little bit later, my mom and I went back there and it was opened, so we went

in the girls' rest room and got in our bathing suits, and after that we went in the

pool. I looked at the water and jumped in and started to swim. I saw some little

kids in there with their mom, and so I went over and said "Hey" to all of them and

went back to my mom. I told my mom, "Do you want to race with me?" So she

said, "Yes, I will swim with you." So we started, and I won.

     Later I heard a little kid crying because of something, so I went over to try to

keep her safe, and I got her out of the pool. Someone came over to me and said,

"What a good job you just did. That is wonderful." I asked my mom, "Can we go

home?" She told me yes before the person's mom came and told me thank you for

saving my kid. And she gave me twenty dollars, and I gave it to my mom to hold it

for me. We went home, but before that we went to the gym, and my mom told

Miss. Stacy what I had done.

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. If there are more than 30 words in a main clause, color in the column and then write the number of words in the box above that column.