January 27, 2013
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KISS Level 3.2.2 - "So" and "For" as Conjunctions

Notes for Teachers
Some Theoretical Observations
Notes for Teachers

     Except for statistical studies, where it may be of major importance, this topic is just a matter of definitions. The problem is that some grammarians consider “so” and “for” to be coordinating conjunctions, whereas others consider them to be subordinating conjunctions. The KISS approach to this problem is explained in the instructional material. Justification for that approach is provided in “Some Theoretical Observations.” 
     By the time that students get to this level, the KISS "so"/"for" distinction should be very easy to master.

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”).
3. Place brackets [ ] around each subordinate clause. If the clause functions as a noun, label its function. If it functions as an adjective or adverb, draw an arrow from the opening bracket to the word that the clause modifies.
4. Place a vertical line after each main clause. 

Probable Time Required: Students who are very comfortable with the analysis of clauses should need no more than two exercises that focus on this question. However, because not all texts use these two conjunctions, you might want to do a “review” exercise or two once a year.
Exercises 1 a & b
Instructional Material
"For" - Conjunction or Preposition? (Lang's Thumbelina, Ex 1) Text AK ToC -
"For" - Conjunction or Preposition? (Lang's Thumbelina, Ex 2) Text AK ToC -
From "How Johnny Cricket Saw Santa Claus," by Johnny Gruelle (S 5) Text AK ToC -
"So" and "For," Ex # 1 from "Little Thumbkins' Good Deed," by Johnny Gruelle Text AK ToC G5
"So" and "For," Ex # 2 from "Little Thumbkins' Good Deed," by Johnny Gruelle Text AK ToC G5
From Lang's "Brave Walter" (S 3 on "for") Text AK ToC -
Famous Quotations - Ex # 1 (S 5)
Includes "so" and "for" as both coordinating and as subordinating conjunctions.
From Vredenburg's My Favorite Fairy Tales AK ToC G6; IG5

From "Pericles," by E. Nesbit (S 6) Text AK ToC G8; IG5
From A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens AK ToC G9
From The Master of Ballantrae, by R. L. Stevenson AK ToC G9
Golding, William, "Thinking as a Hobby," Ex # 6
("For" as a Coordinating Conjunction)
Text AK ToC -