KISS Grammar Workbooks 2004 North Carolina Trainer Manual

Sample TA-6 - Making Pizza

1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline finite verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements (PA, PN, IO, or DO).
3. Place brackets [ ] around each subordinate clause. Draw an arrow from the opening bracket of adverbial and adjectival clauses to the word that the clause modifies. Label the function of noun clauses.
4. Place a vertical line after each main clause.
5. Label each interjection ("Inj"), each noun used as an adverb ("NuA"), and each example of direct address ("DirA").

     One warm summer evening in Wilmington, North Carolina, my sister and I

tried something new. We were going to try something that we never did before.

We were going to make our own pizza! And this is what happened.

     My sister found the ingredients. I found the rolling pin. We had all the

ingredients, and then the man on TV was going to tell us how to make delicious

pizza. We were so eager we couldn't wait to begin.

     Shortly after Carol and I finished washing our hands, we started to make the

pizza. We were just in time when the man started talking. As he was talking, we

started making the yummy, tasty pizza. We were missing only one ingredient, but

it was a very important ingredient; it was the flour. So we skipped the flour part

and started finishing the pizza without that very important ingredient. After that

we put the poor pizza (because it was missing an ingredient) in the hot crispy oven.

     We took it out of the hot oven and stared sadly at our burnt and ruined pizza.

It was such a sorry sight too. We started eating our nasty pizza. It tasted so

horrible that we got very mad at ourselves for not calling our mom on the phone

to buy some flour. But it was too late. We probably got so mad that we could have

punched ourselves into the New Hanover County jail and paid a $3,000 bond for

doing something bad.

     That was the worst slice of pizza I ever had. That disgusting slice of pizza

almost made me vomit! But it didn't happen. Thank God for that.

Second: Graphing Words per Main Clause [Click here for the table.]

     Use the table to make a graph of the number of words in each of the first thirteen main clauses. Use one column for each main clause. If a sentence has one main clause, or if the main clause is the first in a sentence, for each word in the clause color one block in its column blue. If a main clause is the second (or later) in a compound sentence, color the blocks light blue.