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Sentence Diagramming Grammar Class, Session 1

Michael Gold
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Learn grammar by diagramming sentences! Basic sentences, prepositional phrases, adjective clauses, adverbial clauses, and more.

Class Experience

US Grade 7 - 10
  • To recognize some parts of speech: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition. To diagram simple sentences of subject and verb only. To diagram sentences containing subject, verb, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases. To know what a compound noun, compound verb, and other compound sentence element is. To know what a transitive verb is. To know what a direct object is. To know what a linking verb is. To be able to diagram sentences containing transitive verbs and linking verbs. To be able to diagram sentences containing nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases, and direct objects. To identify adverbs and adverbial clauses. To diagram complex sentences containing adverbial clauses. To identify adjectives and adjective clauses. To diagram complex sentences containing adjective clauses. To learn a bit about definitions and concepts. To learn how definitions, examples, and questions help us think better and more efficiently.
Not only do I have a degree in Philosophy, but I have taught grammar, writing, and reading on the SAT and ACT for years, and have taught writing privately to students. My background in philosophy allows me to bring an unusual breadth and depth to the subject.

What matters is not so much my credentials (which, yes!, I have, as you can see in my profile bio), but the success of my students. Those successes -- real, not just on paper -- are my real credentials. Here are some:

“My 11th grade son had never learned or heard of sentence diagramming before, and – having always felt that it was one of the most useful skills I learned in school for professional/business writing – I wanted to make sure he at least learned the basic concept. Mr. Gold was kind enough to schedule a new one-hour class, and my son enjoyed it. He thought Mr. Gold did a great job of explaining the concept and helping the students through a few practice runs. If we have time during our homeschool semester, I would love to sign my son up for the longer version of this class.” –Jennifer S., parent, “Sentence Diagramming: Lesson 1,” 22 Feb 2021

“I wanted to let you know that Emily got a 33 on her most recent ACT. She was beyond happy. Her college list just expanded. She is being recruited by some schools, so she has a number of options, which makes this fun but challenging. She had a 29, so she’s gone to a 30 and then a 33. On her recent ACT, she was up 2 points in English and Science, 1 point in Reading, and 5 points in Mathematics: from a 30 to a 35. We appreciate all of your help.” —John M, father of high school student

One high school student (at a private school) I tutored privately earned a 93 (his highest essay grade ever to that point!) on an essay in literature, an essay on rhetorical devices in William Blake's poem The Tygre. We worked on having him understand rhetorical devices and the The Tygre deeply, so he could write a well-structured essay by himself. 

“My child like the class and teacher and did not complain about attending which is not the usually for my teenager. Would recommend.”
–Leslie B., parent, “Sentence Diagramming Grammar Camp, Session 1,” 8 Jan 2021

Another high school student (at a top Houston "magnet school") I tutored privately earned a 95 on a major essay in philosophy. In regard to a college letter of recommendation I wrote for her, her counselor said it was one of the best she had ever read. 

“Thank you again for your efforts and wonderful tutoring for both the SAT and ACT prep classes. I think the benefits reach far beyond good scores on standardized tests. I believe the skills you teach and emphasize have a tremendous impact on our kiddos critical thinking as well. You are greatly appreciated by our family!” —Michelle F, mother of homeschool high school student

“My kids enjoyed his teaching.” –Wendy F., parent, “Sentence Diagramming: Lesson 1,” 31 March 2020

“This was a great refresher class for my 15-year old teenager and a good beginner lesson for my 12-year old. Mr. Gold was very engaging — always interacting with the class, asking lots of questions to help the students participate and hold their interest. I found myself (Mom) really enjoying it as well, as I listened nearby! When the 50-minute class came to the end, he said that he needed to finish covering a few more basics and offered to continue for those who could stay another 15/20 minutes. We did and really learned a lot from his class! Looking forward to Level 2!!” –Melanie K., parent, “Sentence Diagramming: Lesson 1,” 28 Feb 2020
Homework Offered
Some optional practice will be given after each class to practice that day's lesson. Each student can work on it alone or with others, as they choose. We will go over some of the optional practice in class, as we have time.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Joined June, 2019
Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics
Texas Teaching Certificate - Mathematics
I teach individual and group classes in math (arithmetic through calculus and statistics), physics, chemistry,  nature study ("natural history"), SAT prep, ACT prep, grammar, writing, logic, thinking skills, and physical fitness. 

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Group Class


for 10 classes
2x per week, 5 weeks
60 min

Completed by 1 learner
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-17
4-15 learners per class

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