1. Underline every subject once and every verb twice.
2. Circle every adjective and draw an arrow from it to the word it modifies.
3. Put a box around every adverb and draw an arrow from it to the word it modifies.
In the humming heat of a midsummer afternoon the little boy Jody
listlessly looked about the ranch for something to do. He had been to
the barn, had thrown rocks at the swallows' nests under the eaves until
every one of the little mud houses broke open and dropped its lining of
straw and dirty feathers. Then at the ranch house he baited a rat trap
with stale cheese and set it where Doubletree Mutt, that good big dog,
would get his nose snapped. Jody was not moved by an impulse of
cruelty; he was bored with the long hot afternoon. Doubletree Mutt put
his stupid nose in the trap and got it smacked, and shrieked with agony
and limped away with blood on his nostrils. No matter where he was
hurt, Mutt limped. It was just a way he had. Once when he was young,
Mutt got caught in a coyote trap, and always after that he limped, even
when he was scolded.