November 2 2009
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KISS Level 2.1.2 Varied Positions in the S/V/C Pattern

Notes for Teachers

      Some students are confused when a complement comes before the subject and verb (as in "Him I respect.") or when the subject comes after the verb (as in "With deep sorrow wept mother.") These are just a few short exercises that can give students examples of this relatively uncommon structural variation in English sentences. The plan is to include two exercises in each "complete" (grade-level) book. One can be done quickly in class; the other can be assigned for homework.
      In the "complete" workbooks, the first exercise is different for each grade. The second and third exercises are the same in all of the "complete" workbooks. The second is a short passage that includes two varied S/V/C patterns. The third exercise focuses on those two patterns and asks students to use them as models to write similarly structured sentences.
Suggested Directions for Analytical Exercises
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase. 
2. Underline verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements ("PA," "PN," "IO," or "DO").
Probable Time Required: One exercise?
Exercises in KISS Level 2.1.2
Exercise 1
From Smythe's Old-time Stories AK ToC IB 2
From Vredenburg's My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales (#1) AK ToC G3
From Vredenburg's My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales (#2) AK ToC G4; IG4
From Marshall's Robin Hood AK ToC G5
From Lassie, Come Home, by Eric Knight AK ToC G6
From Heidi, by Johanna Spyri AK ToC G7
From The Master of Ballantrae, by R. L. Stevenson AK ToC G9
Exercises 2 and 3
* "Clytie, the Heliotrope," Adapted from Ovid Text AK ToC All
* Model Sentences Based on "Clytie, the Heliotrope" - " "