The Printable KISS Workbooks Shakespeare's Plays

A Study in the Manipulation of Clauses:
from Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by E. Nesbit
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This set of exercises is available as a printable book. [Click here.]

     The primary purpose of this set of exercises is to give students practice in changing subordinate clauses into main, and main into subordinate. (The famous cognitive psychologists Piaget and Vygotsky both claim that true mastery involves reversibility.)  Unlike many of the KISS collections, this one includes many sentences that have been simplified from the original text. Vygotsky's concept of the "zone of proximal development" suggests that students will have enough of a challenge in manipulating these clauses without having to deal with the longer, more complex structure found in many of the originals. 
     In exploring the sentences in Nesbit's text, I also noted two relatively unusual noun clauses, so you may want to have your students look at them.

Two Unusual Noun Clauses
Exercise AK - L3.1.2 Sub Cl
Rewriting Subordinate Clauses as Main
and Main as Subordinate
Exercise #1 AK G9 L3.1.2
Exercise #2 AK G9 L3.1.2

      As I continue to analyze texts, I continue to be amazed at the frequency with which "so" and "for" are used as conjunctions. Most grammar textbooks don't even deal with this question (which is another indication that they do not even try to help students analyze real texts). The following is a six-sentence exercise based on sentences as I found them in Nesbit's text.
"So" and "For" as Conjunctions
Exercise AK G8; IG5 L3.2.2. SC So/For

Suggested Writing Assignment

    In Nesbit's version of the story, was Pericles lucky or unlucky? Was he worthy of his final fate, or not? What in the story supports your view? What is the moral of this story?
Some Exercises for KISS Levels Four and Five

     Although gerundives, appositives, and post-positioned adjectives are KISS Level Four and Five constructions, one way of looking at them is as a continuation of the reduction involved in the primary exercises in this set. Just as a subordinate clause can be seen as a reduction of a main clause (in meaning, if not in structure), so many gerundives, appositives, and post-positioned adjectives can be seen as further reductions of subordinate clauses. (See the Instructional Material.) 

From MC to SC to Gerundive AK G8 L4
From MC to SC to Appositive AK G8 L5.4
From MC to SC to PPA AK G8 L5.5

Almost all the sentences in these exercises have been adapted from Nesbit's text to remove "clutter" -- additional clauses and other constructions that would tend to confuse students. Because post-positioned adjectives are far less frequent than are gerundives and appositives, the sentences in that exercise were created based on sentences in Nesbit's text.