Sentence Diagramming: Lesson 1
Learn grammar by starting to diagram sentences: simple sentences, and sentences with adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases. Get the basics for building.
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Sentence diagramming helps us master sentence construction, which helps us write better, read better, and think better. Just as builders need to know the nature of their tools -- hammer, saw, screwdriver, wrench, etc. -- and how they work, so also we who communicate and think need to know what our tools of communication and thought are and how they work. Hence, in this class -- through lecture, interactive discussion, and interactive work -- we will identify and define the parts of speech...
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 learn a bit about definitions and concepts. To learn how definitions, examples, and questions help us think better and more efficiently.
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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. Being a...