On its own or as a supplement to the Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind program, this complete compendium of sentence diagramming rules, complete with illustrated sample diagrams, will become an indispensable guide to diagramming and writing—throughout high school, into college, and beyond.
Do you understand what makes good writing "good"? Are you struggling against your words instead of using them to express yourself well? Diagramming a sentence shows you how it is (or isn't) working, and unlocks the door to clear, balanced writing. This handbook from Susan Wise Bauer, author of Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind, walks students through the rules of diagramming, from the simplest sentences to the most complex. Its simple instructions allow you to learn at your own pace, without an instructor. Full of easy-to-understand example diagrams, color-coded for quick recognition, this guide will be a trusted reference tool in your home, office, or school for years to come. For ages 13 and Up.
Susan Wise Bauer is a writer, educator, and historian. Her previous books include the Writing With Ease, Writing With Skill, and Story of the World series from Well-Trained Mind Press, as well as The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, Rethinking School, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, and the History of the World series, all from W. W. W. Norton. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary.
Jessica Otto teaches grammar to middle schoolers. She's a self-proclaimed grammar nerd, and believes that the phrase "knowledge is power" applies to the mechanics of grammar and writing.
Patty Rebne grew up in Colorado, where she earned a BA and an MBA. Most of her grammar, she learned from her mother, an award-winning journalist. To earn a living, Patty taught high school, delivered packages for UPS, marketed and sold software as a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft, inscribed Christmas cards, and wrote fortune-cookie fortunes. She and her husband Glenn live near Seattle; they have a grown son who was mostly homeschooled, guided by The Well Trained Mind with generous additions of ski days and road-trips. Patty likes the physical action of handwriting, and does photography and cross stitch in her ample spare time.