Sentence Diagramming - From Beginner to Expert in 12 Lessons
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Sentence Diagramming - From Beginner to Expert in 12 Lessons

A Fun Way to Improve Reading, Writing, and Critical Analysis
4.1 (69 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Amy Lynn Hess
Last updated 5/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Engage in a playful way to study grammar, including videos, Q&A, and exercises with answers!
  • Diagram imperative, exclamatory, interrogative, and declarative sentences.
  • Improve the clarity of your own sentences.
  • Read and comprehend sentences more easily.
  • Pick out and properly use prepositional and verbal phrases within sentences.
  • Analyze and diagram simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences.
  • Identify all of the parts of speech and all of the parts of a sentence.
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  • Students must be able to view PDF documents.
  • Students should have a basic understanding of grammar and the parts of speech.

This is a course that will introduce you to beginning through advanced concepts of sentence diagramming. There are 13 individual lessons and downloadable exercises for you to try. Each video lesson is between five and sixteen minutes long, and you have all the time you need to complete the exercises: Simply pause the video as necessary. Each lesson leads to the next, and you will be guided through the course in a step-by-step process that will take you through beginning concepts of grammar and diagramming through more advanced concepts of grammar and diagramming. For those who are more comfortable with written materials, a textbook is available on Amazon. However, the textbook is certainly not required. Each lesson will prepare you for the next by asking you to think critically and analytically about your interpretation of sentences before diagramming. The course also includes Q&A availability, so ask away!

Diagramming sentences is a playful, fun way to analyze everyday language! It's for all ages, from students just learning English as a second language, to students studying Language Arts, to students prepping for the SAT, ACT, or even a GRE. This course helps students learn to identify the parts of speech, locate those parts in well-constructed sentences, and see the patterns inherent in Standard English. In other words, diagramming sentences helps students become better readers, writers, and critical thinkers!

Who is the target audience?
  • Teachers who want to introduce more active learning into the classroom
  • Tutors who need a quick study in order to assist students
  • Students who need extra help with their English or Language Arts classes
  • Adult learners looking for a fun way to learn a new skill
  • Kinesthetic and visual learners looking for a new way to study grammar
  • Second language learners (ESL) students seeking an engaging method to study English grammar
  • Parents who want to help their children learn English grammar
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
Grammar Review and Intoduction
1 Lecture 03:58
Learning a new skill can be time consuming and difficult.  Sentence diagramming is no different.  Watch or review this introduction as needed to remind yourself that not only can learning this skill help you improve your grammar, but there are several peripheral benefits, as well.  Most importantly, you will learn to unravel meaning and think more critically (thoughtfully) about how you communicate on a daily basis.  Your time and effort are well worth it!
Preview 03:58
Learning to Diagram
11 Lectures 01:41:20
A simple subject or verb can be diagrammed quite easily.  Start here to learn to basics of diagramming a kernel sentence.
Preview 09:13

Sometimes two or more people are doing the same thing or two at the same time.  Without coordinating conjunctions and compound subjects and verbs, we would have no easy way to communicate those ideas.
Diagramming Compound Subjects and Verbs

Modifiers add interest and beauty to our sentences.  Can you imagine what the world would be like if we had no way to really describe how, which, how many, when, what type, size, or color?
Diagramming Modifiers

Direct and indirect objects help complete our sentences.  Again, this is another way (just like modifiers) that we add interest and detail to our sentences.
Diagramming Direct and Indirect Objects

Now that we've covered subjects, verbs, modifiers, and objects, let's talk about how to diagram interrogative sentences, more commonly known as questions.
Diagramming Questions

After the last lesson, perhaps in the morning or in the evening, during your lunch break, or between classes, you can take a look at how and why we pay close attention to prepositional phrases.
Prepositional Phrases as Modifiers

Predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives are also parts of a sentence we use to complete our thoughts.  They are the nouns, pronouns (or words that act like nouns or pronouns), and adjectives that follow a linking verb.
Predicate Nominatives and Predicate Adjectives


Sometimes a prepositional phrase can also behave like a noun.  In this lesson we look at prepositional phrases that are used like nouns.
Prepositional Phrases as Nominals

Wow!  This course, Sentence Diagramming, is starting to wrap up.  Can you find the interjection and the appositive in the previous sentences?
Appositives and Interjections

Clauses, phrases, coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions - they're all here.  This is the lesson that will put all of your other diagramming skills to the test. 
Compound and Complex Sentences
Follow Up
2 Lectures 03:53
If you want to learn all about diagramming and then see if you can answer the question, "How will diagramming improve my grammar?" wait until the end of the course to read this lesson.  However, if you want to know right away how diagramming can help your grammar, please feel free to take a peek before you begin. 
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This bonus lecture introduces you to three additional resources for diagramming sentences.

•Optional Textbooks on Amazon: Diagramming Sentences: A Playful Way to Analyze Everyday Language and Additional Exercises for Diagramming Sentences by Amy Lynn Hess

•Gypsy Daughter Essays blog at

•Facebook page @Diagrammingsentences


Bonus Lecture: Additional Resources
About the Instructor
Amy Lynn Hess
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Assistant Professor of English

Amy Lynn Hess is an Atlanta area poet, painter, potter, publisher, professor, and dramaturg. She holds a B.S. in Theatre and Interpretation from Central Michigan University, an M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism from Ohio University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She has published three chapbooks of poetry and a textbook about sentence diagramming, and she is the editor-in-chief for her small poetry publishing company, Gypsy Daughter. She has been an English and General Education Professor since March of 2008, having previously held jobs as an administrative assistant, bookkeeper, sales clerk and product expert at an art supply store, librarian, high school teacher, tutor, properties manager, costumer, make-up artist, and managing director at a non-profit playhouse.

You can read more of Amy Lynn's work on her blog, Gypsy Daughter Essays, or see her work online on Etsy.