Diagram over 100 sentences by masters of the English language, and learn how to analyze and understand clear, effective writing. (Using this book requires The Diagramming Dictionary, which explains each rule.)
Diagramming a sentence shows you how it is (or isn't) working, and unlocks the door to clear, balanced writing. These exercises by grammar experts Susan Wise Bauer and Jessica Otto use sentences by classic and contemporary authors to give students practice in every diagramming rule covered in The Diagramming Dictionary
, from the simplest noun-verb sentences to challenging, complex pieces from Dickens and Austen.Full answers are provided at the back of the book.How to Diagram Any Sentence
is the perfect skill-building practice book for anyone who wants to communicate with clarity and precision.
(Using this book requires The Diagramming Dictionary, which explains each rule that is practiced in How to Diagram Any Sentence.)
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.
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.