Gutenberg Exchange Lesson Twelve: Analyzing Complex Sentences
There is an alternative version of lesson 12 which does not emphasize HTML coding. We recommend that you switch to the NO-HTML version unless you are in an advanced class.

Computer Literacy Objectives: In this lesson you will work with HTML links, and you will learn how 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 the main clause and name the free modifiers, you will put links from these structures to pages explaining them, and you will arrange the sentences in a schematic pattern using HTML coding.


  1. Review Lesson 11; remind yourself how to make links in HTML.
  2. Look at a list of complex sentences, and a list in which two of the sentences have been schematized.
  3. Look at an explanation of how to schematize sentences.
  4. Your assignment is to:
    • Save to disk the pages that contain explanations of the free modifiers.
    • Save to disk the page containing two schematized sentences.
    • Open the schematized list document in Notepad and complete the schematizing and naming process exemplified in the first two sentences, putting in links to the pages that explain the structures. Notice that the link to the explanations for main clauses and subordinate clauses is an "file#name" link. Also notice that an un-numbered list command "ul" without the "li" commands have been used to create indentations (view the source document for companal.html).
    • Load the completed and saved HTM file in Netscape and test the links.
    • Have a classmate check your page and links.
    • Print out the completed Netscape version of your schematized sentences, put your name on it, and hand it in.
  5. When you have completed the assignment, close your open programs and logout.

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