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March 5, 2021
Why I Like KISS Grammar  From Dione and Dominique (Thank you.)
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Irene Cahen 
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1879
     Don't believe me? Show me a grammar text that enables students to apply it to the analysis of anything that they read or write. Every text that I have seen presents students with definitions of grammatical constructions, each followed by one or two exercises. A construction is then dropped and instruction goes to something different. The books never show students how these constructions work together to form meaningful sentences. At a grammar conference in the 1980s, a primary school teacher explained how she taught the parts of speech. Then a middle school teacher did the same thing, then a high school teacher, and then a college teacher.
     In 1982, I was asked to teach a grammar course for future teachers. I agreed on the condition that I could teach what I believe is what students need. In that course, students learned how to identify prepositional phrases in a student's paper. The assignment for the next class was to identify these phrases in another paper. Then we added constructions such that most students could identify main and subordinate clauses in a paper, and some students even mastered gerunds, gerundives, infinitives, and noun absolutes. Click here for an example of the KISS differences.
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Why Every Student Deserves to be Taught with a KISS-like Approach to Grammar