We began sentence diagramming today (truly, that is; we have been studying grammar in the TALONS class now for almost two weeks, but that was all groundwork for today). Hopefully this driest of units (grammar) will eventually become a competitive and illuminating investigation of language that will help frame our spring-push through the English 9, 10 & (for some) 11 curriculum.
For some, this will be enough. But in the vein of providing as much information, and as many resources as possible – such that, in my wildest fantasies, my students while away their evenings buried in syntax, prepositional phrases, and gerund-subjects – I offer this post as a means of preparing a compilation of grammar helpers for my young charges that I hope you will be able to help us compile into a Master List.
First off, everyone would do well to peruse the goings on in Mr. A’s class when it comes to sentence diagramming. Not only does he do a great job in the video below setting out the basics of our upcoming task, but has his class race one another in diagramming sentences, lending a special zest to this – less than titillating – English task.
- Basic Sentence Parts & Patterns – a great look at most of the basic formations one will encounter in diagramming most basic sentences.
- Step by Step Rendering of How To Diagram a Sentence – 7 steps. That’s it (of course, this is just the beginning…).
- Some Amusing Political Sentences Diagrammed – All the heavy hitters are here: Bush, Obama, Lincoln, Jefferson (some of them fare better toward English grammar than others; you can decide where they sit).
- Parts of Speech, Reviewed – What is a noun? What is a verb? The University of Ottawa has an astoundingly comprehensive and interactive Grammar Resource Centre, that is worth a look for its bevy of exercises, reviews and simple features. Highly recommended.
Hopefully, this is merely a start. Please join us in the comments as we move forward with this unit, and share your own favourite grammar resources in the comments (students: you too)!