Written for students in 3rd grade and up, Sentence Diagramming can actually be used all the way through college. Published by The Critical Thinking Co.™, this 68-page softcover workbook begins with the diagramming of simple subject and main verb and progresses through twelve lessons to conclude with compound predicate adjectives and nouns. Each of the twelve lessons adds a new part of speech or modifier and new slants to the diagramming format. From an easy one-line, one-slant format to the more difficult multi-line, multi-slant format, students walk step-by-step through the diagramming process in just 15 - 20 minutes a day. For my high schoolers, this was a great way to focus on basic grammar without losing interest. The act of identifying the parts of a sentence is helping them to become more organized writers.
With each lesson, students read a brief introduction to the concept of the day with examples provided. They are then instructed to find the error in diagrammed sentences and re-diagram them correctly. This is followed by diagramming specific sentences and then writing additional sentences to match given diagram formats. Plenty of practice is provided for students and answers can be found for each question in the back of the book. It is set up so that the blank diagram format is included within each lesson which is great for students who stress over perfection in lines and slants. (That's PERFECT for my house since one unnamed child tends to become bogged down in format obsession. Do you have any students like that at your house?) The only exception to this is found in the review section at the end. It contains 25 sentences to be diagrammed, but there is no blank diagram format included.
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