A Picture of Language

A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences

  • about diagramming sentences
  • it’s not used anymore
  • can be used for new readers and learners of English to understand the language
  • can help improve a person’s English skills by giving them a better understanding of what each word’s role in the sentence is
  • not everyone gets it
  • not a lot of people know it anymore
  • structure sentences better by seeing them “drawn as graphic structures”
  • NCTE: it’s “a deterrent to the improvement of students’ speaking and writing.”
  • Kitty Burns Florey: “When you diagram a sentence, those things are always in that relation to each other.”
  • invented in Brooklyn by two professors at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute

One-sentence summary:

Diagramming sentences can help someone improve their English skills. but it is not recognized in the Common Core.

In “A Picture of Language: The fading Art of Diagramming Sentences,” Juana Summers describes the now-forgotten practice of diagramming sentences as a graphic or spatial way to learn the English language.

According to Juana Summers, in “A Picture of Language: The fading Art of Diagramming Sentences,”  the now-forgotten practice of diagramming sentences was used as a graphic or spatial way to learn the English language.

 

 

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