The KISS Grammar Printable Workbooks The KISS Literature Anthology
Identifying Phrases
From "The Gorgon's Head"
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
in A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys
Illustrated by Walter Crane
1. Underline every subject once and every verb twice.
2. Label every noun (N), every pronoun (PRN), adjective (J), and adverb (A).
3. Draw a box around every noun phrase and an oval around every verb phrase.
4. If parts of a phrase are separated by other words, draw a line to connect from box to box or from oval to oval to connect the parts of the phrase.

1. This fisherman was an exceedingly humane and upright man.

2. So this bad-hearted king spent a long while in considering what

     was the most dangerous thing that a young man could possibly


3. The bridal gift which I have set my heart on presenting to the

     beautiful Hippodamia is the head of the Gorgon Medusa with the

     snaky locks.

4. You must bring it home in the very best condition, in order to 

     suit the exquisite taste of the beautiful Princess Hippodamia.

5. The only good man in this unfortunate island of Seriphus appears

     to have been the fisherman.

6. Medusa's snakes will sting him soundly!

7. The three sisters were really a very frightful and mischievous

     species of dragon.

8. The teeth of the Gorgons were terribly long tusks.

9. Every feather in them was pure, bright, glittering, burnished 

     gold, and they looked very dazzlingly.

10. Not only must he fight with and slay this golden-winged, 

     iron-scaled, long-tusked, brazen-clawed, snaky-haired monster,

     but he must do it with his eyes shut.