July 2, 2015
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The Master Collection of KISS Exercises
    Almost all of the exercises and instructional materials on the KISS site are cataloged in this "Master Collection." You can use it to find alternative or supplemental exercises for any KISS level. These are organized to match the organization of the original KISS Levels. The following is an example of a listing for an exercise on prepositional phrases as indirect objects in KISS Level 1.5:
Based on Pinocchio, by C. Collodi (# 2) AK ToC G5; IB2
The first link gives the name of the exercise. The "AK" link leads to the "Analysis Key." These keys include probable answers and notes for teachers. The "ToC" entry leads to the Table of Contents of all exercises from that source, in this case, Collodi's Pinocchio. The last column includes links to this exercise in the workbooks: "G5" goes to Level 1.5 in the fifth "Grade-Level" workbook, and "IB2" leads to the links to the Ideal Books.
Level 1 - The Basic Concepts
1.1. - Identifying Subjects and Verbs
1.2. - Adding Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, and Phrases
1.3. - Adding Complements (PA, PN, IO, DO)
1.4. - Coordinating Conjunctions, Compounds, and Style
1.5. - Adding Simple Prepositional Phrases
1.6. - Pronouns (Case), Number, and Tense
1.7. - Focus on Punctuation and Capitalization
1.8. - Vocabulary and Logic
Level 2 - Expanding the Basic Concepts
2.1 - The Complexities of S/V/C Patterns
     2.1.1 - Understood "You"
     2.1.2 - Varied Positions in the S/V/C Pattern
     2.1.3 - Expletives (Optional)
     2.1.4 - Palimpsest Patterns
     2.1.5 - Phrasal Verbs (Preposition? Or Part of the Verb?)
     2.1.6 - Distinguishing Finite Verbs from Verbals
     2.1.7 - The KISS Perspective on the Subjunctive Mood
2.2 - The Complexities of Prepositional Phrases
     2.2.1 - The "To" Problem and Verbs as Objects of Prepositions
     2.2.2 - Preposition or Subordinate Conjunction?
     2.2.3 - Embedded Prepositional Phrases
     2.2.4 - Advanced Questions about Prepositional Phrases
2.3 Adding Three Level Five Constructions
     [Nouns Used as Adverbs; Simple Interjections; Direct Address]
Level 3 - Adding Clauses (Subordinate and Main)
3.1 - The Basics of Clauses
     3.1.1 - Compound Main Clauses (Punctuation and Logic)
     3.1.2 - Subordinate Clauses
     3.1.3 - Embedded Clauses and the Analytical Process
3.2 - Advanced Questions about Clauses
     3.2.1 - Ellipsis in Clauses
     3.2.2 - "So" and "For" as Conjunctions
     3.2.3 - Interjection? Or Direct Object?
     3.2.4 - "Tag" and Other Questions about Clauses
5.4 - Appositives
5.5 - Post-Positioned Adjectives
5.6 - Delayed Subjects and Sentences
5.7 - Passive Voice and Retained Complements
Level 4 - Verbals (Gerunds, Gerundives, and Infinitives)
4 - Verbals (Gerunds, Gerundives, and Infinitives)
Level 5 - The Final Construction
5.8 - Noun Absolutes
Level 6 - Advanced and Additional Exercises doc Pages Date
     As users of KISS know, the KISS is designed as a sequence that should be spread over several years and applied each year after students have finished it. Application may include a variety of things--the analysis of passages, poems, etc,. studies in punctuation, statistical projects (including the students' own writing), and/or applications to writing. The biggest weakness of that sequential design is that KISS presents a particular concept in one level and does not directly return to it in later levels. 
     For example, in KISS Level 3, students explore the use of semicolons for comparison/contrast writing. It would be much better for students, however, if they were expected to practice a comparison/contrast writing assignment at least once a year after they have finished KISS Level 3. In younger grades, this could be a simple paragraph; in later grades a short paper. KISS Level 6 provides exercises that teachers and parents can use for these purposes.
6.1 Studies in Punctuation doc  87 7/12
6.2 Style- Focus, Logic, and Texture doc  56 7/12
6.3 Style - Sentence-Combining and De-Combining doc 42 7/12
6.4 Research Projects in the Study of Grammar doc 17 8/12
6.5 Statistical Stylistics and Advanced Analytical Questions
[Needs revision]
doc 55 6/09
The Statistical Study That Accidentally Killed Grammar Instruction? 
     This is a semi-scholarly study that expresses my debt to the work of Kellogg Hunt, while still challenging some of  his conclusions, in particular, that professional writers average 20.3 words per main clause. It reviews the damage done by "horse-race" studies that abused Hunt's work by misinterpreting it, thereby leading to NCTE's absurd resolution against teaching formal grammar. It then presents a detailed analysis from samples of the writing of the 33 professional authors included in Modern Essays. Selected by Christopher Morley. These writers averaged only 17.5 words per main clause.
doc 171 5/13
     44 Samples of the In-class Writing of College Freshman doc 80 8/12
     The Openings of Six Novels doc 20 8/12
6.6 Syntax and Writing [Needs revision] doc  59  7/10
6.7 Syntax in Research Papers [Needs revision] doc    
6.8 Mixed Review and Additional Passages for Analysis  doc 77 7/12
6.9 Assessment Quizzes [Needs revision]  doc  18 12/09