Nov. 26, 2009
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KISS Level 2.2.2 - Preposition or Subordinate Conjunction?

Notes for Teachers
Preposition or Subordinate Conjunction?
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Notes for Teachers

     Most grammar textbooks give students sanitized, simplistic sentences for exercises. Thus in an exercise on prepositional phrases (if they ever get to prepositional phrases), these textbooks will not include in an exercise a sentence in which "after" is used as a subordinate conjunction. Similarly, in an exercise on subordinate clauses, they will not use "after" as a preposition. In learning to deal with real texts, however, students need to learn to make the distinction. At this level, students need simply learn that if whatever answers the question "What?" after a "preposition" is a sentence, then the construction is not a prepositional phrase. You can tell them that it is a subordinate clause, and that they will learn more about subordinate clauses in KISS Level Three, but the focus at this point should be on their ability to identify the prepositional phrases. 
 
Suggested Directions for Analytical Exercises
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline every finite verb twice, its subject(s) once, and label any complements (“PA,” “PN,” “IO,” or “DO”).
Probable Time Required
     You can skip this altogether, or you might prefer to show your students one exercise, or you can have them do two or more exercises.
Preposition or Subordinate Conjunction?
Instructional Overhead

Preposition or Subordinate Conjunction? Ex #1 AK ToC G3; 1 Yr
From Vredenburg's My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales AK ToC G3; IG4
Preposition or Subordinate Conjunction? Ex #2 AK ToC G4; IG4
From "The Fairy Ring," by Johnny Gruelle Text AK ToC G4
From Black Beauty by Anna Sewell AK ToC G6
Based on Macdonald's At the Back of the North Wind AK ToC G6
From Heidi, by Johanna Spyri AK ToC G7
Other
“To” and “For” as Prepositions? ("Crow Talk," by Johnny Gruelle) Text AK ToC -