Then, we got really wild and crazy and did this one: The chickens in the yard ate the food.
Whhaa-aat? That's right - we added prepositional phrases to our diagramming repertoire! But wait, there's more. The next sentence we diagrammed was this one:
The chickens ate the food in the yard.
Double whhhaa-aat? Indeed. So we got to talk about how prepositional phrases can be BOTH adjectives or adverbs. Their job, or their role in the sentence, determines how they get diagrammed. In the second sentence, "in the yard" tells which chickens, so it's an adjective phrase modifying the noun chickens. In the last sentence, "in the yards" describes where those chickens are eating this food - so it's an adverb modifying the verb.
LIT: After this scintillating grammar revelations, we shifted into the Shakespeare. We reviewed our steps for reading the graphic novel and then read the next scene, "The Players Meet," in which we are introduced to the mechanicals. We discussed the character traits exhibited by Bottom and practiced writing a character sketch paragraph about him.
At the end of class, we started working on a graphic organizer to help with tonight's homework assignment: writing a character sketch of any of the characters from scene 1. While working on this, we listened to a selection of Shakespeare sonnets which have recently been turned into pop songs. I know, right? So very cool.