1. Ignore the words in bold. You’ll learn about them later. The words that are in parentheses are speaker tags. In each case, the complement of “says” is the sentence in which the tag appears. In these tags, just underline the subjects and verbs. Note that many sentences have more than one subject/verb pattern.
2. Place parentheses around each prepositional phrase.
3. Underline subjects once, verbs twice, and write “C” over each complement.
A Hare jeered at a Tortoise for the slowness of his pace. But the
Tortoise laughed and said that he would run against her and beat her
any day. “Come on,” (said the Hare), “you shall soon see what my
feet are made of.” They agreed to start at once. The Tortoise jogged
along, without a moment’s stopping, at his usual steady pace. The Hare
treated the whole matter very lightly. She would first take a little nap
(she said), and she should soon overtake the Tortoise. Meanwhile the
Tortoise plodded on, but the Hare overslept and arrived at the goal late.
The Tortoise had got in before her.
Slow and steady wins the race.