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Zahra’s Sentence Analysis

Categories: General Knowledge Fund

Zahra, who turns six (!) soon, had a new lesson today with Mrs. Rogers.  She’s using the control chart (pictured above and below) to analyze the sentence: “Dad makes spaghetti and meatballs to celebrate my sister’s birthday.”

In this picture, as Zahra is working through the sentence, she’s working through questions that focus on the function and purpose of the words.  While doing so, she is led from concrete awareness to abstract understanding of sentence structure. 

Through a series of increasingly challenging lessons, Primary and Elementary students learn to analyze and label  sentences: subject, verb, direct object, indirect object, and adverbial extensions. Sentence analysis differs from conventional sentence diagramming as it looks at the functions of words in a sentence rather than at individual words.