A big thought may need a long sentence, but human awareness is limited to 4–7 chunks of information. A cumulative-generative sentence starts with the subject AND predicate and then adds modifying phrases after that. This kind of word-ordering allows the reader’s mind to pause and super-chunk the first part, and then add the supplemental ideas. The original “We the people…” sentence separates the subject and predicate and makes it more difficult for the reader to process the thought—the mind’s short-term memory is overwhelmed. So if you want to get a lot of stuff into a sentence, say the important stuff first and then tack-on the less important modifiers. Also, sentences are complete thoughts; if you can’t visualize that thought, how could your reader? So, a sentence diagram is included. We’re not really amending the Constitution… just suggesting a more readable first sentence
. Image size 960×720 (file size 589 KB). This 6-frame (9-seconds each) animated GIF can be used as a slide within a PPT presentation about sentence grammar, essay writing, or related issues (PPT must be in Slide-Show mode to activate the slow, looping animation which can be paused with a right-click and resumed with a left-click) or as a non-animated graphic in a handout; can be resized as needed.
Used/tested and engaging with English Composition, English 101.
Bonus: the 6-slide PPT is included in the bundle and may be used independently of the animated GIF.
To learn how to make such animated GIFs using PowerPoint and a free online AGIF maker, see PowerPoint slide show Animated GIFs—How to Make and Use