Diagramming sentences is not a life skill. Diagramming is simply a tool; a means to an end. For our purposes, it reinforces vital information presented in our Clause Cruncher Sentence Analysis Graphic Organizer and presents it in a visual learner-friendly format.
However, diagramming is a superb learning tool. If anything, it forces student members of the fast-food/instant gratification generation to stop and smell the roses. It takes some time and some thought to diagram a sentence. The wheels turn and learning occurs. Reed-Kellogg diagram strategies reinforce the logical and systematic Clause Cruncher approach to sentence analysis; they provide an unchanging means of illustrating the syntactic properties of English phrases and clauses; and they consistently offer an effective way to review and introduce material.
It’s always a great idea to progress from the familiar to the unfamiliar. Accordingly, students should be able to “crunch” each sentence before diagramming it to identify its basic components. Once this step is completed, diagramming is a simple matter of hanging ornaments on the tree.
This portfolio contains six pages of illustrated Background Information; four pages of Options for Options; eight Practice Worksheets; eight Practice Worksheet keys; and our two page Diagramming 101 Desktop Resource.
The author grants the purchaser of this lesson permission to make one classroom set (not to exceed 50 copies) of the resources listed above.
Today's language arts textbook publishers encourage splashing, not swimming. They are far too stingy with the crucial resources required to introduce, reinforce, and maintain a viable language arts curriculum.
Practice does indeed make perfect, and our learners are basically stranded high and dry on the banks until textbook publishers and other members of our education community learn to present the language arts curriculum in a logical and sequential order, provide abundant skill building and practice opportunities, and supply generous review and skill maintenance options.
Syntax for Sailors features logical and sequential lesson presentation; abundant skill building and practice opportunities; and generous review and skill maintenance options.
In way too many learning environments, teachers simply do not have the resources they need to get the job done right!