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Rex Barks: Diagramming Sentences Made Easy Hardcover – April 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1889439358 ISBN-10: 1889439355

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Paper Tiger, Inc. (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889439355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889439358
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is concise and clearly written.
HomeSchoolJeff
When you are deciding what book to buy, I say to this one YES YES YES!!!!!
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I highly recommend this book for the grammar beginner.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By K. Couper on March 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mrs. Davenport was my tenth-grade English teacher and we were the first class to use this book in class. She was great and the experience helped me learn writing and editing skills that I am using today as a professional writer. I always assumed that everyone got the same kind of education, but I see evidence to the contrary on a regular basis. Also, I can still recite Hamlet's soliliquy and the preamble to the Constitution. If you don't have access to Mrs. Davenport, at least you can still benefit from her book. I would recommend this book for students of any age who want to master the basics of English once and for all.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Prisca Low on June 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you love diagramming, this is a good resource. I was taught diagramming in junior high school and also took a college grammar course that also covered it. For additional practice with sentences, I would use sentences from any grammar book (such as English Fundamentals) or textbook.

Rex Barks has eight chapters: 1 - Parts of Speech, 2 -Diagramming Begins, 3 - Kinds of Verbs, 4 - Dependent Clauses, 5 -Verbals, 6 -Additional Constructions (appositives, objective complements, adverbial nouns), 7 - Compound and Complex Sentences, and 8 - Miscellany.

The following is from the book's website:

From the new Introduction by Lisa VanDamme

"...a masterful presentation of grammar--a well-structured, incremental course in diagramming with clear explanations and memorable illustrations of each new principle... Phyllis Davenport understands that if you want to make yourself understood, you need grammar. Her textbook abounds with examples of the ambiguities that result from an ignorance of grammatical rules...The art of diagramming sentences provides students with an indispensable foundation for the study of grammar, and Rex Barks makes the process of learning this skill manageable and fun. The book is laid out in logical, incremental steps, and students are given the opportunity to master one concept before proceeding to the next...It contains many clever devices to help students with tricky concepts (e.g., prepositions are to be remembered as "anything a squirrel can do to a tree.") And it is pervaded by her sense of humor and enthusiasm for her subject.

- Lisa VanDamme - Director, VanDamme Academy

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra D. Miller on March 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is very good, but the printing is very small. Without having a copy for each student in my English class (they're $28 each) it's pretty tough to use this book. Still, the information is useful and laid out logically and incrementally. I wish there were more practice exercises though, because Ms. Davenport moves on pretty quickly.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Pamela S. Dorris on May 27, 2008
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I look back at Miss Spargo, my high school English teacher, and remember her as OLD, man, really OLD, when she was hardly more than a few years older than I am now! I can still see her erect, school-marmish figure holding forth at the front of the class as she diagrammed sentences relentlessly and ad nauseum.

At the time, I found sentence diagramming a bit of a joke. It was only until I was out in the adult world that I realized I was using it almost every time I had something important to write. Oh, I don't mean I was mapping out every last sentence, but I certainly dusted off this arcane skill when I had a sentence that stumped me.

Now I think if only this book was a required text in high schools throughout this country, we might be graduating students who are articulate and grammatical, capable of writing and speaking the King's English, instead of stumbling through rudimentary sentences like illiterate third graders.

I despair over the future of this wonderful country with the current dumbing down of its educational system and the distressing trend of gauging student performance backwards by letting the poorest students set the bar for the highest. Formerly the school system set standards of excellence that everyone struggled to meet, and those who flunked, flunked. Now a high school diploma means nothing and four years of college is its equivalent. A masters degree is the current equivalent of a former college degree. At one time this country had one of the best school systems in the world. Current statistics show we are ranked as number eleven. Imagine!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kane on January 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I learned more about grammar and writing in the first ten pages than I did in 8 years of a Masters degree in English. This is a must have for all teachers or anyone who wants to understand the English language.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By kalanamak on October 21, 2009
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Who'da thunk a diagramming book would keep me up past bedtime? This book is my third try at learning diagramming, and I've finally reached cruising altitude. It also highlights the difference between someone who knows the subject and someone who knows how to teach it.

Thanks for bothering, and thanks for the quirky charm. It kept my eyelids up.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cory Dixon on September 2, 2009
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After reading a couple of highly-touted grammar books and being disappointed, I was thrilled to find this gem of a book.

The author does a fantastic job of starting with the basics and building. She includes just enough examples and drills to reinforce the concept.

Rex Barks was perfect for me (who couldn't tell you what a participle does or what it looks like). I now can proudly identify all the parts of speech.

I highly recommend this book for the grammar beginner. By the end of the book, if you work the examples, the parts of speech will be demystified. I needed this book in order to better help my daughter learn grammar.
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