Diagramming sentences

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  1. hammer2

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    Does anyone still use diagramming of sentences to teach grammar? I used it several years ago but then quit. I did find that almost any student could identify parts of a sentence easier by using that method. I teach 7th grade. Any thoughts?:thanks:
     
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    I absolutely use it. I didn't even learn using diagramming when I was in school, but when I was exploring how to teach grammar, this jumped out as logical and visual. I did it last year and loved it.
     
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    I've been wondering about that as I study for my certification and have been doing some of it myself. I find it to be a very enjoyable way to learn grammar, so I can't understand why it ever got scrapped, but I didn't learn to do it in school either. Do your kids enjoy diagramming and does your principal approve? I'm thinking seriously about teaching that way, but I'd like to hear more from you guys.
     
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    We use diagramming in our school as a way to get students to see how the parts of speech work together. Then we can work on sentence variety and sentence combining.
     
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    Diagramming per se can work for this, and so can phrase structure trees.
     
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    O.K. I'm going to show my ignorance here: TeacherGroupie, could you please tell me what a phrase structure tree is?
     
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