Sentence diagramming can be a useful visual tool to help students understand, identify, and apply the parts of a sentence. Most students find that the visual representation of how these parts of the sentence fit together makes the abstract features of English grammar more concrete. With practice, students can use diagramming to diagnose and fix their own grammatical mistakes and add variety to their writing.
If you've never tried sentence diagramming, these three ten-minute lessons are a great introduction to this instructional grammar tool.
In three ten-minute lessons, students will learn how a sentence diagram depicts the subject, predicate, direct object, modifiers (adjectives and adverbs), indirect objects, and prepositional phrases.
Preparation and Materials
Students will need binder paper, pencils, and rulers. The teacher will use the display projector or board to model the procedures.
The teacher draws and explains each component of the sentence diagram and students copy it. Simple!
Want grammar lessons with simple sentence diagrams? Check out the author's Teaching Grammar and Mechanics and the Teaching Grammar and Mechanics Interactive Notebooks here on TpT.