If I asked you to diagram the following sentence, could you?
The two of them were lost in the cave.
To many, sentence diagramming is a lost art. Perhaps you didn’t realize though that diagramming of sentences is still pedagogically valued and alive and well in many English and Language Arts classes, including T. Brian’s Middle School classes at Friends School.
As shared by T. Brian, sentence diagramming can be useful in helping learners understand how to make sense of the English language sentence structure and the rules. There is a correct way to form sentences and diagramming can help demonstrate what is right. Visual learners in particular can benefit from seeing the words in a sentence pulled apart and organized. In addition, understanding how our language works can help learners understand the grammar and structure of other languages. With the increased emphasis on writing in high school, the SAT exam and beyond, grammatical understanding is an even more important skill.
But what else can we learn from sentence diagramming? It is an important problem-solving tool and method. It provides a framework for analysis just by following the steps involved. It requires the learner to:
– Take the time to take apart a problem
– Examine its individual parts
– Understand each part and how it fits within the larger picture
– See how the pieces fit together
It helps bring clarity from what may seem to be confusion. Problem-solving is a great side effect from learning to diagram sentences.
The correct diagram for the sentence above is here: