Are you looking for grammar games to spice up your grammar instruction?Diagram sentences!
"I've discovered that students LOVE to compete at sentence diagramming."
- Frank, Middle School English Teacher
That is a quote from Frank Antonson, a teacher who has turned sentence diagramming into a classroom sport.
Frank runs a student club called The Competitive Sentence Diagramming Club. He says that the students were eager to form the club.
"The students realized that it was a potential source of fun, and kids like to have fun."
Frank even has a YouTube channel showing his students diagramming sentences.
You can see through their homemade Competitive Sentence Diagramming Club shirts, their giggles of excitement, and their eagerness to get up to the blackboard that these students are not exactly being forced to learn grammar.
If you diagram sentences with your students, you'll find that it is far from the drudgery so often associated with it.Don't believe me? Just watch one of their videos!
How Do You Do It?
There are many ways that you can include sentence diagramming in your classroom.
Start your own version of The Competitive Sentence Diagramming Club. Have one student act as the referee. You can act as the judge and score the students on the accuracy of their diagrams, neatness, and time.
"Elizabeth, I have a class of fifth graders who just can't get enough of sentence diagramming! Thanks for the resource."
- Jennifer, 5th Grade Teacher
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