A diagram is a visual outline of a sentence. It shows in a graphic manner the relationships among the various words or groups of words in a sentence. Diagramming serves two purposes. First, it helps you understand how a sentence is put together. Second, it identifies errors in a sentence and makes clear why they are errors.
What do I tell parents and students who don’t see the value in diagramming sentences?
Diagramming sentences offers a different approach to learning complex grammar concepts. This is a great way for students to “see” how different sentence structures are used and how individual parts of speech function as a whole. Ask parents and students to think about a time when they have assembled something using visual directions. This will help them appreciate diagramming.
Diagramming Compound Parts
What sentences seem to be the most difficult for students to diagram? Do you have an example?
Students often need help diagramming sentences with compound parts. Here is an example: