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Transcript of AAAWWUBBIS
"After reading twelve pages, she looked to the end to see how many more pages there were to go: more than two hundred." -E.L. Konigsburg, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1967)
"As the candy cools, the pressurized gas is released and shatters the candy." -Steve Almond, Candyfreak (2005)
"Although the women's faces are shown from the front, their noses appear in profile to the left." [Describing how Picasso painted people abstractly.] - Claire d'Harcourt, Masterpieces Up Close (2006)
"When you first gave us this assignment, I thought it was lame." - James Howe, Totally Joe (2007)
"While I have problems feeling part of my family, I do feel a kinship with our house." - Gail Giles, Dead Girls Don't Write Letters (2004)
"Until the sixteeth century, couples could be married outside the church and without a priest." - Claire d'Harcourt, Masterpieces Up Close (2006)
"Because Ramona wanted to save the best for last, she ate the center of her sandwich -- tuna fish-- and poked a hole in her orange so she could suck out the juice. Third-graders did not peel their oranges." - Beverly Clearly, Ramona Quimby, Age 8
"If I stand in a room and no one sees me, it's like I was never there at all." - Neal Shusterman, The Schwa Was Here (2006)
"Since Roy had last seen her, she'd developed deep furrows in her forehead and an angry voice." - Peter Abrahams, Nerve Damage: A Novel (2007)
Rule 1: A complex sentence that begins with an AAAWWUBBIS needs a comma.
While I was walking to the store, I saw a shiny puppy.
I saw a shiny puppy while I was walking to the store.
"After shimmying up an old oak tree, the bark rough on his hands as he climbed, Vlad scooted out onto a long, thick branch and waited for the fourth graders while Henry stayed in the bushes." - Heather Brewer, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Eighth Grade Bites (2008)
"Before the players begin their drills, they must warm up properly." - Jeff Savage, Play-by-Play Football (2003)
Rule 2: A complex sentence that has been reversed is a SIBBUWWAAA and does not need a comma.
Advanced: A complex sentence using several AAAWWUBBIS
This is an AAAWWUBBIS:
The same sentence has been reversed.
Anderson, Jeff. 2007. "Chapter 3" from Everyday Editing: Inviting Students to Develop Skill and Craft in Writer's Workshop. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.