When we come across a complex sentence, we will often want to diagram it. This helps us understand the parts of speech and the grammatical tools that are present within the sentence. In order to diagram sentences correctly, students must have a good grasp of the parts of speech and their functions within the language that is present. Fun Project Idea: Have your students team up and choose famous movie quotes, sentences from favorite books, or advertising slogans, then challenge other teams to diagram them. The following activity sheets will help your students learn how to identify the most important parts of a sentence, and place them on diagrams depending on their roles within that sentence. The difficulty level ranges from very simple to slightly complex.
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Subjects and Predicates
Read each sentence below. Identify the subject and the predicate. Place each word on the diagram.
Identify any other nouns (N), pronouns (P), articles (A), adjectives (ADJ) or adverbs (ADV).
Simple Compound Sentences
Identify the verb. Identify the subject. Then draw a line between each subject and its verb.
Place the words from each sentence on the diagram that is provided. This will help you begin to develop the necessary skills.
Everything is fish related in this set of sentences. Fit these statements into brackets and slants properly.
Simple Subjects and Predicates
When you break down sentences, write the subject and predicate on a line, with a line between them, like this: I wonder.
Match each diagram with the sentence it belongs to. Then fill in the diagrams with the words from the sentences.
An appositive is a noun or pronoun that identifies another noun or pronoun in a sentence. To diagram a sentence with an appositive, place the appositive immediately after the word it identifies, and enclose it in parentheses.
Diagramming Compound Subjects, Predicates and Objects
Mom and Dad planted vegetables and grew flowers with Tim and Joe. We work this on all different makeups of sentences and statements.
Nouns and Verbs
Read each sentence below. Identify the verb. Identify the subject. Then draw a line between the subject and the verb.
Match each sentence to its correct diagram. You can either draw a line or just label the letter that represents it.
Recognizing Subjects and Predicates
For each sentence, write the subject and predicate on the line provided. Draw a line between the subject and the predicate.
Diagram the subject, linking verb, predicate adjective and any articles and adjectives in each sentence.
Infinitives Used as Nouns
When diagramming a sentence in which an infinitive is used as a noun, the infinitive goes in the same place that the noun would normally go.
Diagramming Adjectives and Adverbs
Diagram the following sentences in the space provided. Use the correct form of the terms.
How Do You Diagram a Sentence?
Diagrams are not a sole component of arts and crafts but also a key component of Linguistics. Language is no less than the art itself, and to organize it in a creative yet logical manner; we require diagramming sentences. By making sentence diagrams, you are visually representing your language.
Why you chose to put a specific pronoun before a particular article is a scientific, artistic explanation of grammar. They are known as one of the oldest graphic organizers; diagramming sentences traces back to 1847. This allows learners and speakers to create simple and complex sentences without significant grammatical errors.
Highlighting Proper Grammar
Similar to how we organize formulae in Mathematics, we organize grammatical concepts in Linguistics. By making sentence diagrams, we can highlight proper grammar as it focuses on which component comes after which component and how well these components work together in a defined order.
Back to Basics
The primary two components of all sentences are the Subject and Verb. A subject usually "does" something in a sentence, which gives us a full glimpse of what the sentence is formed for. You can draw a diagram by writing the subject on a horizontal line followed by the verb with a vertical line separating them.
For example, the subject "Sarah" will be placed on the left side, and the Verb "Runs" will be placed on the right. Similar practices will be followed for all components, and they will be set accordingly.
E.g., For the sentence "Sarah is running," with the addition of an article "is," Sarah will be placed on the left side, and "is running" will be placed on the right side.
The first step to making a sentence diagram is identifying the grammatical components. For example: Include conjunctions, verbs, nouns, pronouns, linking verbs, etc.
Now, you must identify which component comes before which component. For example: Pronoun -> Article -> Adjective -> Noun
If the following words are structured in a bubble diagram, it will be easier to remember the association and order.
If a new learner places a Noun before the Adjective, they will immediately be able to identify their mistake once they try to make a diagram. According to the diagram, an article must come before the Adjective. The proper order would be "She is running" instead of "She running is."
Making An Effective Diagram:
As key components of sentence diagrams, these ensure that your vocabulary is not going to waste. By reviewing different parts of speech, you get an insight into grammatical structures. A simple review of parts of speech enables you to establish a connection with the grammatical order once you place the components together for a diagram.
If you cannot recall the parts of speech, creating a complete diagram might become a little challenging, as all components are needed to complete one diagram.
How are These Diagrams Helpful?
When a child or new learner practices diagram sentences, he can identify his errors and correct them effectively. Sentence diagrams are great learning for all learners of the English language. You will find this method exciting and creative if you are a beginner.
But if you are a fluent speaker or writer, this method will still help you as it enables people to identify and correct the grammatical nuances which often go ignored.
We hope this short article helped you understand diagram sentences better! Be sure to use them yourself and see the magic of creative learning.