This 12-chapter textbook teaches sentence diagramming from beginning concepts to advanced sentence structures. It was written and designed by an experienced teacher of Developmental English. The methods and lessons have been classroom tested, revised, and published here as effective teaching aids. In addition to examples and explanations, there are 10 exercise sentences for students to study and diagram per chapter, and there are additional questions for review that cover all levels of the Taxonomy. Answer keys appear in the text! There are also four comprehensive quizzes included at the end of the text that can be used as pretests or exams. This text is appropriate for language learners from age 9 to 99, making it a great tool for teachers, parents, students, and lifelong learners. Look for the supplemental materials text called Additional Exercises for Diagramming Sentences. It contains 150 additional sentences and answer keys, comprehensive exercises, and additional examples that follow the main text, chapter by chapter. Specific topics include simple and compound subjects and predicates, modifiers, direct and indirect objects, object complements, predicate adjectives and predicate nominatives, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences, interrogative sentences, appositives, direct address, existential constructions, prepositions and prepositional phrases, gerunds and gerund phrases, noun and modifying clauses. Professor Hess has been teaching English and Critical Thinking since 2008, developing, refining, and creating the materials contained in this book: Twelve chapters packed full of illustrations, explanations, practice sentences, and review materials.
Unlock the mysteries of sentence diagramming with this simple Reed and Kellogg primer. Learners of all types can benefit from this alternative presentation of grammatical principles. Sentence diagramming aids students in seeing the connections of the words within sentences and solidifies the functions of each part in the learner’s memory. Dr. Judith Coats breaks down the process step-by-step with careful explanations. The method of sentence visualization can be fun, effective, and relevant to every learner. Why not give it a try? Become a better writer by understanding the parts of the English language and how they all work together as a whole.
Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Middle School
Author: Jane Bell Kiester
Publisher: Maupin House Publishing, Inc.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Jane Bell Kiester, author of the popular Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle series, has adapted her effective and fun approach to meet the specific learning needs of middle-school students. This resource improves writing and editing skills, raises test scores, engages students, and creates classrooms filled with giggles! Giggles in the Middle offers middle-school teachers all the benefits of the previous Caught'ya! books, plus some helpful "extras" created especially for the middle-school student. You'll find: One continuous story, "The Bizarre Mystery of Horribly Hard Middle School," divided into three parts, each with enough sentences for an entire school year; Classroom-tested writing assignment suggestions, mini-lessons, and teaching tips; "Almost-midterm" and final exam tests for each grade, with teacher keys; Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions; Complete vocabulary lists for words used in each story; and A CD with the Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics Guide for easy reference and duplication; the complete, uninterrupted story in narrative form; and the Caught'ya! sentences. Giggles in the Middle gives middle-school teachers the perfect alternative to boring grammar books and dry lectures. With this flexible, proven approach to developing grammar, usage, and mechanics (GUM) skills, as well as vocabulary, everyone has fun while they learn!
A Step-by-step Approach to Learning Grammar Through Diagramming
Author: Marye Hefty
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Rooted in a deep and successful tradition of understanding the parts of speech and the relationships of sentence components, Sentence Diagramming combines solid grammar instruction with extensive sentence diagramming exercises to improve writing.
The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences
Author: Kitty Burns Florey
Publisher: Melville House
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Once wildly popular in grammar schools across the country, sentence diagramming has fallen out of fashion. But are we that much worse for not knowing the word-mapping method? Now, in this illustrated personal history that any language lover will adore, Kitty Burns Florey explores the rise and fall of sentence diagramming, including its invention by a mustachioed man named Brainerd “Brainy” Kellogg and his wealthy accomplice Alonzo Reed ... the inferior “balloon diagram” predecessor ... and what diagrams of sentences by Hemingway, Welty, Proust, Kerouac and other famous writers reveal about them. Florey also offers up her own common-sense approach to learning and using good grammar. And she answers some of literature’s most pressing questions: Was Mark Twain or James Fenimore Cooper a better grammarian? What are the silliest grammar rules? And what’s Gertude Stein got to do with any of it?
These exercises teach you step-by-step how to diagram the eight parts of speech, independent clauses, dependent adverb clauses, dependent noun clauses, dependent adjective clauses, verb phrases, prepositional phrases, gerunds, infinitives, participles, and more. You'll learn grammar and diagramming with these short, simple lessons and exercises, and you'll find all of the answers in the back so that you can easily check your work. These grammar exercises will work for you whether you're a teacher, a student, a writer, an editor, a businessman, a parent, a grandparent, or just a person who loves learning. When you're done with this book, you'll possess a powerful tool for using and understanding language. You'll be able to write with clarity, and you'll actually enjoy grammar. My son just started diagramming sentences. He really enjoys it and says grammar is now his favorite subject! Thanks for inspiring my son and me. - Margaret, Homeschool Mom I have started using your grammar exercises in my writing classes, and the students are quite engaged. - Susan, ESL Teacher I didn't "get" grammar at all growing up, and I was scared of it. Teaching it is terrifying for me. However, diagramming is helping me, so I am teaching it to my students as well. Thank you for inspiring me to love grammar and to feel more confident. - Megan, High School English Teacher I have all your materials, and I think it's all superb. It is a great way to make grammar tuition more dynamic/interactive and less didactic. It also appeals to visual learners. - Terry, Literacy Program Coordinator When I think of the complete breezing-over of this subject in my school years, I'm amazed I can communicate at all. Although I actually get paid to write, I have always felt that my underlying grammatical strength was missing. I love the fact that this material is a confidence-boosting exercise as well as an educational one. I feel more equipped to explore a whole new world of knowledge, simply because I am armed with a fuller understanding of how the sentence works and what the author is saying with style, content, and syntax. - Phil, Writer I find sentence diagramming fun, and my confidence is slowly but surely growing. I think I've missed out on a lot since my teachers never taught me this brilliant way of learning English when I was in school! I would definitely recommend my friends use this method. - Carol, Grammar Lover To be honest with you, the only only way I can stomach studying grammar is through sentence diagramming. I have a "normal" grammar book, but I get so fed up trying to learn all of the rules and the exceptions to the rules. - Elizabeth, (Reluctant) Grammar Lover