August 7, 2013
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KISS Level 2.1.1 Understood "You"

Notes for Teachers

     When they see a sentence such as "Close the door," some students can figure out on their own that "You" is the understood subject of "close." However, brief instruction and an exercise or two should make this clear for all students. Traditional grammars refer to these sentences as “Imperatives” or the “Imperative Mood.” Some grammars simply use the term “Commands.” Obviously, you can, if you wish, teach students these names, but remember that the primary problem in the teaching of grammar is an overabundance of terminology.
Instructional Material
Suggested Directions for Analytical Exercises
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase. Draw an arrow from the preposition to the word that the phrase modifies, and above the phrase write “Adj” for “adjective” or “Adv” for “adverb.”
2. Write in the understood “you” in each sentence.
3. Underline verbs twice, their subjects once, and write “C” above any complements.
Probable Time Required
     An exercise done in class is probably all that most students will need to master this idea.

Bunny Rabbit’s Diary by Mary Frances Blaisdell Ex # 1 AK ToC G2; IG1
Bunny Rabbit’s Diary by Mary Frances Blaisdell, Ex # 2 AK " G2; IG1
From Smythe's Old-time Stories AK ToC IG2
From Ben and Alice AK ToC -
From the KISS Beatrix Potter Collection
Ex # 1 from The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck AK Text ToC G3
Ex # 9 from The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan AK Text ToC -
Ex # 11 from The Tale of Samuel Whiskers AK Text ToC -
From Vredenburg's "Hansel and Grethel" AK ToC G3
"Shall I Sing?" (Kate Greenaway) AK ToC G4
From Vredenburg's My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales AK ToC G4
"You" Understood (Marshall's Robin Hood) AK ToC G5
From Heidi by Johanna Spyri AK ToC G6
"If My Dog Could Teach Me" AK ToC G6