Level Three Instructional Material
Clauses (Subordinate and Main)
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:
This background is based on an illustration by Walter Crame for
Flowers from Shakespeare's Garden, 1st. ed..
The Elisabeth Nesbitt Room, University of Pittsburgh
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