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Notes for
"Sing a Song of Sixpence"
Exercise AK L1.9 Literature

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     It would be interesting to know how many fourth graders would see that "were" is ellipsed in the fourth line of this poem, but I would not worry if they missed it. In the ideal KISS Curriculum, they still have two years (grades five and six) to master S/V/C patterns, and this exercise is, after all, simply a short, hopefully enjoyable, quick review. It includes a number of simple S/V/C patterns, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases that fourth graders should be able to identify.
     I might note that I added this exercise because I was interested in the functions of "Counting," "Eating," and "Hanging," but as I added it, it also made me revise my view of expletives.

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