For decades, debates in the world of grammar have revolved around whether language has concrete conventions and how those conventions should be taught. At the center of these debates is grammar and sentence diagramming. Although many confine grammar to an academic study, this debate is relevant to the everyday lives of all English speakers because it affects how we understand language. Diagramming is a visual representation of the grammatical structure of a sentence. I use it to help students understand how language fits together and understand how these pieces structure their writing style.
Do and your students diagram sentences? What are your overall focus skills? Do you assess these skills? Add your comments below! . . . oh, and be sure to click on over to the Atelier tab for some freebie diagramming downloads!