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Drawing Sentences: A Guide to Diagramming Spiral-bound – April 1, 2010
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About the Author
Eugene Moutoux lives in Goshen, Kentucky, just northeast of Louisville. He has written books on sentence diagramming, Latin derivatives, and the German language, and maintains a large website that includes, among other things, a German course, Latin derivatives, and sentence diagrams. He is the father of three children and the grandfather of seven. He has a Ph.D. in German from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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Each lesson has a brief explanation of a single grammar concept, followed by several diagrammed examples, followed by 8 to 12 exercises. The concepts build logically, from simple to complex, from lesson to lesson. There are reviews and tests, as well as an answer key at the end of each unit (with diagrams and explanations). I really appreciate that the lessons are not too long or overwhelming, and that they are well-organized and straight to the point.
For homeschoolers, this diagramming method (Reed-Kellogg method) is similar to what you'll find in First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind by Jessie Wise and in Rod & Staff's grammar books. If you want more diagramming exercises than what is offered in those books, Drawing Sentences is a thorough supplement. If your child has a hard time with traditional grammar books, Drawing Sentences provides a visual approach. I'd suggest it for the logic stage (around middle school) and up. I also find it an accelerated yet comprehensive way to learn the parts of speech and how they function with one another.
For grownups who didn't learn sentence diagramming in school, this is a wonderful alternative to crossword puzzles. I find diagramming rather relaxing, like solving a math problem. I enjoy how it has deepened my understanding of how my own language works. I look forward to other books by this author.
This book is THICK, 276 pages in all. It says that it was originally published as three separate books: A first and second book of diagramming, and A Workbook of Sentence Diagramming. So, this is three books in one!
This book has one lesson AND practice exercises for the lesson, all on one page for each lesson. Every unit has three lessons. Each lesson covers one, simple concept. This book contains "unit tests" and answers for each test. Then at the back of the book (the work book section) there is an additional set of practice problems for every lesson, with answers to every question, in the back!
This book really is your "all in one" resource for teaching sentence diagramming at home!
I am excited that I can teach myself! I never learned, even though the teacher tried, in 9th grade. The concept of "sentence diagramming" seemed way too much for me to ever understand, and I gave up ever learning it. I thought I could go on living a happy life never learning how to diagram sentences! Except now I'm homeschooling 8 kids, so NOW I'm motivated to learn!
I am excited that I have a wonderful tool (and cheap, too!) to teach my children how to diagram sentences, even though I'm not an expert (yet) myself.
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