Excerpts from The Hunter Writing System: Sentence Sense Texts

This chart explains the verb’s parts in simple enough language that students can easily understand them.
It is the only place in the text that I have veered from traditional terminology
(though I have added two or three terms for functions that traditional teaching has omitted).

Since the “basic” spelling of the verb has fifteen or so uses in English, we mislead students when we identify
it with only one of them, the infinitive (besides, the concept “infinitive” is complex and therefore excessively
difficult to digest and keep remembered). The concept “participle” is even more abstract and is similarly difficult to
digest and keep remembered (besides, the present-participle form has at least three major uses in English, and the past-participle form has two).


Excerpt from the Text Proper

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The next two excerpts belong together; they illustrate how easy the strategies of this text are to learn.
The first excerpt is a “test” that is practical and is based on students’ spoken (and written) knowledge of English.
The second excerpt is a practice exercise for it.

Excerpt from the Text Proper

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Though this test works beautifully, you must not use it until every verb has been found. That is why it is not built into the working part of the text until after instruction on the verb.

Excerpt from the Skills Practice Book

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These next excerpts are from the Skills Practice Book, too. The first illustrates the way worthwhile values are woven into the exercises (some, as here, in paragraph form). The second excerpt is taken from the Paragraph-and-Essay Supplement.

Excerpt from the Skills Practice Book

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This next excerpt is one of the four practice paragraphs that make up students’ autobiographies.

Excerpt from the Skills Practice Book

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