Gutenberg Exchange Lesson 12a: Analyzing Complex Sentences
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Computer Literacy Objectives: In this lesson you will work with a wordprocessing package to make indentations.

Writing Objectives: You will learn how to analyze complex sentences by naming their structures and putting them into a schematic pattern.

In this lesson, you will download a page of complex sentences, you will identify and label the main clauses and the free modifiers in each sentence, and you will arrange the sentences in schematic patterns.


  1. Look at a list of complex sentences, and a list in which two of the sentences have been schematized.
  2. Look at an explanation of how to schematize sentences.
  3. Your assignment is to:
    • Save to disk the page containing two schematized sentences.
    • Open this document in a wordprocessor document and complete the schematizing and naming process exemplified in the first two sentences, putting in names of the free modifiers and labeling the main clauses.
    • Have a classmate check your page.
    • Print out a completed copy of your schematized sentences with your name on it, and hand it in.
  4. When you have completed the assignment, close your open programs and logout.

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