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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.
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!
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|Section 1: Grammar Review and Intoduction|
|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!
|Section 2: Learning to Diagram|
|A simple subject or verb can be diagrammed quite easily. Start here to learn to basics of diagramming a kernel sentence.
|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.
|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?
|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.
|Now that we've covered subjects, verbs, modifiers, and objects, let's talk about how to diagram interrogative sentences, more commonly known as 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.
|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.
|Sometimes a prepositional phrase can also behave like a noun. In this lesson we look at prepositional phrases that are used like nouns.
|Wow! This course, Sentence Diagramming, is starting to wrap up. Can you find the interjection and the appositive in the previous sentences?
|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.
|Section 3: Follow Up|
|Lecture 13||31 pages|
|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.
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.