July 2, 2015
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     "A just and severe censure has been inflicted on the law which prohibited the Christians from teaching the arts of grammar and rhetoric."
- Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Vol. 1, N.Y.: Heritage, 1946, p. 686.
Grade-Level Workbooks

     These are the books in the original curriculum sequence. To jump right into KISS instruction, all you need is a Level One workbook for the students (from the "doc" column) and its corresponding teacher's analysis key (AK) book (for you). 

     The Grade-Level organization has confused many people. You definitely do NOT want to do all the Levels in every grade. The instructional materials in the sections of these books are identical across grade levels; the differences are entirely in the sentences (vocabulary) in the exercises. In other words, you can work in any of the KISS Levels and then, in the following year, start at that year in the next highest Grade Level. 

     For example, suppose you start in third grade with Level One and get through Level 2.1.4 (Palimpsest Patterns).  Because the fifth-grade books are not complete, the next year you can start at KISS Level 2.1.5 (Phrasal Verbs) in the sixth grade book. As of now, many of the Grade-Level books are not complete, but the sixth grade books are. Thus (unless other books are completed before you get to them), you can simply continue, year after year, with the sixth grade books.
     Note: Someone once asked why I didn't simply make three sets--for primary grades, for middle school, and for high school. My response was that many KISS exercises are based on the writing of students at each grade level. The new "Ideal Sequence" (also under construction) is specifically designed as one sequence that begins in first grade and each grade builds on that. Students' writing fits nicely in that sequence, so this sequence will be modified to three sets of books (Primary, Middle, and High School) as suggested below.

The printable KISS books (the "doc" links) are available as MS Word documents. If you do not have MS Word (or a program that can open these documents), go to the Microsoft site where you can get a free reader that will let you open and print these books.

KISS Level 1 (The Basic Concepts)
     By the time they finish this book, students should be able to identify most subjects, verbs, complements, adjectives, adverbs, coordinating conjunctions, and prepositional phrases in almost any text that they read or write.
Link to on-line materials doc Pages AK Pages Date
For Students in Second Grade doc 141 AK 98 5/11
For Students in Third Grade (Primary) doc 168 AK 136 8/13
For Students in Fourth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Fifth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Sixth Grade (Middle) doc 168 AK 153 8/13
For Students in Seventh Grade - - - - -
For Students in Eighth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Ninth Grade (High) - - - - -
For Students in Tenth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Eleventh Grade - - - - -
KISS Level 2 (Expanding the Basic Concepts)
     In addition to addressing most of the complexities of S/V/C patterns and of prepositional phrases, this book adds three simple Level Five constructions: 5.1 Nouns Used as Adverbs, 5.2 Interjections, and 5.3 Direct Address.
Link to on-line materials doc Pages AK Pages Date
For Students in Third Grade (Primary) doc 61 AK 68 1/12
For Students in Fourth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Fifth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Sixth Grade (Middle) doc 64 AK 79 1/12
For Students in Seventh Grade - - - - -
For Students in Eighth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Ninth Grade (High) - - - - -
For Students in Tenth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Eleventh Grade - - - - -
KISS Level 3.1 - Adding Clauses (Subordinate and Main)
     A clause is a subject / verb / complement pattern plus all the words that chunk to (modify) the words in the pattern. Students who have mastered KISS Levels One and Two are therefore ready to comprehend (not just be taught about) the basic types of clauses -- main, and the three primary types of subordinate clauses (noun, adjectival, and adverbial). In addition, this book focuses on the important question of embedded clauses (clauses within clauses within clauses).
Link to on-line materials doc Pages AK Pages Date
For Students in Fourth Grade (Primary) doc 87 AK 95 11/12
For Students in Fifth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Sixth Grade (Middle) doc 85 AK 100 11/12
For Students in Seventh Grade - - - - -
For Students in Eighth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Ninth Grade (High) - - - - -
For Students in Tenth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Eleventh Grade - - - - -
KISS Level 3.2 - Advanced Questions about Clauses
      This book deals with advanced questions about clauses that you probably will not find discussed in most grammar textbooks. For students who have mastered KISS Level 3.1, these questions are not very difficult. This book therefore includes four Level Five constructions: 5.4 Appositives, 5.5 Post-Positioned Adjectives, 5.6 Delayed Subjects and Sentences, and 5.7 Passive Voice and Retained Complements. All four of these have important stylistic implications. The first three are not very difficult for students who have mastered the previous KISS Levels. Passive Voice may require some time and attention.
Link to on-line materials doc Pages AK Pages Date
For Students in Fifth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Sixth Grade (Middle) doc 93 AK 130 12/12
For Students in Seventh Grade - - - - -
For Students in Eighth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Ninth Grade (High) - - - - -
For Students in Tenth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Eleventh Grade - - - - -
KISS Level 4 - Verbals (Gerunds, Gerundives, and Infinitives)
Plus KISS Level 5.8 (Noun Absolutes)
     Verbals are verbs that function as nouns, adjectives or adverbs. In KISS Level Two, students should have learned how to distinguish verbals from finite verbs (the verbs that create clauses). Having learned that, they should not have much trouble with this book which simply deals with the finer points of the three types of verbals (gerunds, gerundives, and infinitives). Students should therefore have plenty of time in a school year to also master the final Level 5 construction -- noun absolutes. Noun absolutes really need to be addressed last because they consist of a noun plus a gerundive.
Link to on-line materials doc Pages AK Pages Date
For Students in Sixth Grade (Middle) doc 63 AK 98 7/13
For Students in Seventh Grade - - - - -
For Students in Eighth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Ninth Grade (High) - - - - -
For Students in Tenth Grade - - - - -
For Students in Eleventh Grade - - - - -