The Printable KISS Grammar Workbooks The KISS Workbooks Anthology
A Study in Left-, Right-, and Mid-Branching

The Sheep and the Pig
from The ÆSOP for Children
with Pictures by Milo Winter

     To explore adding variety to writing, on a sheet of paper, write each of the numbered sentences three times. First, write it as it is in the text. Then rewrite the sentence to make the adverbial prepositional phrase (in bold) branch in a different way. The third time, make it branch in still a different way. 
     Label each version (L, M, or R). Your teacher may also also ask you to rate each version on a scale of ten (as in the instructional material) and to briefly explain any effects in emphasis caused by the branching.

     One day a shepherd discovered a fat Pig in the meadow (1) where his 

Sheep were pastured. He very quickly captured the porker, which 

squealed at the top (2) of its voice the moment the Shepherd laid his hands

on it. You would have thought, to hear the loud squealing, that the Pig 

was being cruelly hurt. But in spite (3) of its squeals and struggles to escape,

the Shepherd tucked his prize under his arm (4) and started off to the 

butcher's in the market place.

     The Sheep in the pasture were much astonished and amused at the Pig's 

behavior (5), and followed the Shepherd and his charge to the pasture gate (6).

     "What makes you squeal like that?" asked one of the Sheep. "The 

Shepherd often catches and carries off one of us. But we should feel very

much ashamed to make such a terrible fuss about it like you do."

     "That is all very well," replied the Pig, with a squeal and a frantic 

kick (7). "When he catches you he is only after your wool. But he wants 

my bacon! gree-ee-ee!"

     It is easy to be brave when there is no danger.