As I suggested in my description of my packet on parts of speech, laughter is essential to good teaching, especially in middle school. While the stories in these exercises will not cause hysteria in your classrooms, I do hope they elicit an occasional chuckle.
As the table of contents indicates, I have included guidelines for locating subjects, verbs and complements in various types of sentences from commands to questions, four exercises on finding subjects and verbs, six exercises on finding subjects, verbs and complements, and three tests on finding subjects, verbs and complements. While many of the stories in the parts of speech packet are based on real events, most of the stories in this packet are fictitious, like the one about Hank, the two headed heifer, and her partner, J.J. the Jet, who travel to the moon and discover that it is indeed made out of cheese.
Once again, the main reason this packet is so long is that the easiest way to include answer sheets is to reproduce each exercise or test with the correct underlining or circles. The reason I have included so many exercises is that repetition has always seemed to me to be the key to success with grammar, and when I was teaching, I was always running out of new exercises. I hope you find more than enough here!
The circles I used to identify complements on the answer sheets do not look as bold as they might in the pdf. format, but when you actually print the answer sheets, the circles look just fine. Unfortunately, that same format change slid two circles on the answer sheet for Exercise 9, Sentence 10 slightly to the left so that rather than “inches” and “Limburger”, which are both direct objects, the circles came to rest on “few”, an adjective modifying “inches” , and “tasted”, an action verb preceding “Limburger”. Try as I might, I couldn’t figure out how to correct the slippage.
Slippage or not, I certainly hope you and your students enjoy the packet. Best wishes for another successful academic year!