Updated 6/7/05
KISS Grammar Workbooks
Level Three Instructional Material
Clauses (Subordinate and Main)
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      Because it relies on students' ability to recognize S/V/C patterns, the KISS Approach differs significantly from most other approaches, including the traditional. A clause is a subject / finite verb / complement pattern and all the words that chunk to it (modify it). As a result, students can simply look at the S/V/C patterns that they have identified in a sentence in order to determine the number of clauses in that sentence. They can then follow a relatively simple analytical procedure to analyze (explain) the clause structure within the sentence. Although some students do very well without lots of examples, others find them helpful. The following are the basic instructional handouts:

Instructional Material
[Notes for Teachers and Parents]
For Students For Teachers and Parents
Identifying Clauses
The Types of Clauses Notes
Identifying Clauses -- The Procedure
Examples of Clauses within Clauses Notes
"So" and "For" as Conjunctions Notes
Ellipsis in S/V/C Patterns  
Semi-Reduced Clauses  Notes
  Problems in Defining 
a "Main Clause"
The Punctuation & Logic of Clauses
Clauses and Logic: 
Combining Main Clauses
The Logic of Subordinate Clauses  Notes
Restrictive and Non-Restrictive Constructions  
Punctuation Rules 
for KISS Level Three
  Errors  Related to Clauses
Clauses and Style
Changing Main Clauses into Subordinate, and Subordinate into Main Notes
  Clauses and Style
A Study in Subordinate Clause Fragments
The "Which" Fragment


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