Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children
by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
As I try to improve the KISS instructional
materials, I have been working toward linear books that would, to a large
degree, serve as the basic grammar text for an entire year. This is another
move in that direction, in this case, it is an entire book, aimed primarily
at KISS Level Two, that revolves around Marshall's Stories
of Robin Hood Told to the Children. The result is a large number of
exercises that are divided into parts. Here, each part has it own page:
The primary focus of this section is Part II,
but some fifth grade students will be working with clauses, and the text
provides some nice examples of simple clause constructions. Thus Part III
is for those students and teachers.
All the exercises in
this section are based on Marshall's text. But because the primary objective
of this book is to solidify students' command of some fundamental constructions,
some sentences have been simplified. The entire text is available at the
Baldwin Project: http://www.mainlesson.com.
KISS Level Two (S/V/C Patterns)
|Suggestion: The punctuation (? capitalization) exercises in
this book are based on the opening sentences of each chapter of Marshall's
text. Have the students do (and discuss) this exercise first. Then have
them analyze the text for the following "Study in Style." Note that the
"Original Text" is the same document that they will use for the study in
style, For more on most KISS punctuation exercises, click
Writing Assignment: Describing a Character
Have the students write a paragraph
(or more) that describes one of the characters in Marshall's Stories.
See the KISS Writing
Verbals that function as nouns give students
who have been working within the KISS Approach little, if any, trouble
because the students have already been marking these words as subjects,
direct objects, objects of prepositions, etc. Thus this workbook includes
only one brief exercise on them. Distinguishing infinitives and gerundives
from finite verbs is more difficult, so there are several short (usually
five-sentence) exercises here.
Using the Noun Test to Identify Verbals [Lesson]
Using the "To" Test to Identify Verbals [Lesson]
Using the Sentence Test to Identify Verbals [Lesson]
Mixed Exercises [A
Summary Sheet of the Tests]
|Complications, Variations, and
Understood "You" as Subject
Varied Positions in S/V/C Patterns
Writing Assignment: Summarizing the plot
Have the students read (or reread)
one of the stories. Then have them write the same story in their own words
without looking at the original text.
Analyzing my own Writing
Have the students analyze their summaries
(above), just as they would any other analysis exercise. If you wish, you
can extend this to a statistical "Study in Style"
Expletives (Optional Concept)
Rewriting Passive Voice to Active and Active to Passive
A Study in Ellipsis
Passive Voice or Predicate Adjective?
This border is based on an illustration by Howard
Pyle and Walter Crane
for Howard Pyle's The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.