Then, we reviewed all the sentence diagrams from last night's homework and discussed the process for successful diagramming:
Step 1: Find the SUBJECT(S) and VERB(S) and build the basic diagram structure
Step 2: Look for DIRECT OBJECTS or PREDICATE ADJECTIVES/NOUNS -- those go right behind the verb, on the same line
Step 3: Look for ADJECTIVES (hint -- check for nouns or pronouns and see if there any words describing them ... those are your adjectives). These will "hang off" of the nouns they modify.
Step 4: Look for ADVERBS (remember they modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs) and will also "hang off" the words they modify.
Step 5: Look for prepositional phrases. These always start with a preposition and end with a noun or pronoun. They may act as adjectives or adverbs, so you have to carefully consider what the preposition is telling you more about and then diagram them "hanging off" of that word.
Slowing down and thinking carefully about the job of each word in the sentence is especially helpful to successful diagramming.
Homework: Active read the next scene summary for Midsummer; remember diagramming quiz tomorrow.