Lesson plan

Diagramming Sentences

Sentences can be surprisingly complex. Enhance your students' reading and writing skills with this comprehensive lesson on diagramming sentences and identifying parts of speech.
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Students will be able to identify the following parts of speech within a sentence: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, and conjunction.

(10 minutes)
Sentence Diagramming PracticeDiagramming Sentences: PoetryDiagramming Sentences: Secret Garden
  • List some different parts of speech (noun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition, and conjunction) on the board. Write an example next to each one.
  • Briefly review the definition of each part of speech. A NounRefers to a person, animal, place, thing, or idea. An AdjectiveDescribes the state of a noun. A VerbRefers to an action. An AdverbDescribes how a verb is performed. A PrepositionRefers to location, either in space or time. A ConjunctionConnects words and phrases.
  • Review the forms of the verb "be" (am, is, are, was, and were), then write them down on the board as well.
(10 minutes)
  • Hand out copies of the Sentence Diagramming practise worksheet to your students.
  • Display your worksheet using a document camera, then complete problem number 1. Remember to follow the worksheet instructions and narrate as you work. Have students follow along on their own copies.
  • As a class, complete problem number 2.
(15 minutes)
  • Have students work on the rest of the worksheet.
  • Sit with struggling students and work with them.
  • Have an answer sheet prepared for students to check their work once they finish.
(20 minutes)
  • Hand out the copies of the Diagramming Sentences: Poetry worksheet.
  • Have students complete the worksheets without your assistance. Students who complete the worksheet before time is up can work on the
  • Enrichment:* Students who finish their Diagramming Sentences: Poetry worksheets early can work on the Diagramming Sentences: Secret Garden worksheet.
  • Support:Provide one on one assistance to struggling students as they complete their worksheets.
(10 minutes)
  • Review the answers to the Diagramming Sentences: Poetry worksheet.
  • Collect all worksheets at the end of the exercise, and review them later to assess student comprehension.
(5 minutes)
  • Allow students to ask questions and give comments about the lesson.

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