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  1. Grammar Lesson American Literature Gallin/Fisco 12/17/12

  2. Combine these words into one sentence! • Christmas • borrowed • holiday • a • was

  3. “Christmas was a borrowed holiday.” Now add this phrase to our sentence: • when I was a child

  4. Possible answers • “When I was a child, Christmas was a borrowed holiday.” (Rosenberg, 149) • “Christmas was a borrowed holiday when I was a child.”

  5. Now combine these phrases into one sentence. • to admire our Christian neighbors’ lights • we drove in slow, loopy circles • on December evenings

  6. Possible answers • “We drove in slow, loopy circles on December evenings to admire our Christian neighbors’ lights.” (Rosenberg, 149) • “On December evenings, we drove in slow, loopy circles to admire our Christian neighbors’ lights.” • “We drove in slow, loopy circles to admire our Christian neighbors’ lights on December evenings.”

  7. Bonus challenge! Combine these phrases into one sentence: • and clung to a baggy pouch • I sat in the back seat • that had torn loose • my breath fogging the car window • of green leather upholstery • but which I believed had been placed there • who understood about children and automobiles • from the back of the seat • by some genius

  8. A little hint… Try combining the clauses in this order: • I sat in the back seat • my breath fogging the car window • and clung to a baggy pouch • of green leather upholstery • that had torn loose • from the back of the seat • but which I believed had been placed there • by some genius • who understood about children and automobiles

  9. One answer “I sat in the back seat, my breath fogging the car window, and clung to a baggy pouch of green leather upholstery that had torn loose from the back of the seat, but which I believed had been placed there by some genius who understood about children and automobiles.” (Rosenberg, 148)