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Lesson Plan: Sentence Diagrams

Author: Sarah Pederson


Date Lesson to Be Taught: November 27, 2017
Grade level: 7th
Source of the Lesson: Based on Common Core State Standards

Concepts:
Sentences have different parts – subjects, verbs, objects, adjectives, adverbs, phrases, etc. – and
the sentences can be broken up to find these parts. Diagrams are used to separate out the words
in a sentence so that the parts can be identified.

Performance Objectives:
Students will be able to:
 Locate the different parts of a sentence, mainly subject, verb, and object.
 Diagram the different parts of a sentence.

Idaho State Standards:


Conventions of Standard English
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing
or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1.a
Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1.b
Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal
differing relationships among ideas.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1.c
Place phrases and clauses within a sentence, recognizing and correcting misplaced and dangling
modifiers.
Materials List and Advanced Preparations
For each student:
 Diagram worksheet
For each group of 4:
 Worksheet with sentences of various types and a second one of diagram types
 Bag containing slips of paper with words/phrases matching those on the worksheet
Advanced Preparation:
 Teacher will print out a list of sentences of varying types and a second one of matching
diagram types (do not label them, the students need to figure it out on their own).
 Teacher will print out a list of words/phrases matching those on the group worksheet and
cut them out, mixing them up into plastic bags.
 Make PowerPoint slides with various diagrams or draw them out on the board.
Supplementary Materials: Assessment Quiz

5Es

ENGAGEMENT Time: 5 minutes

Probing/Eliciting Student Responses and


What the Teacher Will Do Questions Misconceptions
Have students separate into Ask the students to list the 5 Subject, Predicate (verb),
groups of 4. basic parts of a sentence. clause, phrase, modifier.
Ask the students how they Subject – word defining
know this. (They should who or what the sentence
offer explanations of each is about
part of a sentence.) Predicate – verb telling
what the subject is doing
Clause – additional info
Phrase – dependent clause
Modifier – the general
additional info given in a
sentence
Say, “You told me how you
think this works. Now I’m
going to give you some
materials and let you show
me how it works.”
EXPLANATION Time: 10 minutes

Probing/Eliciting Student Responses and


What the Teacher Will Do Questions Misconceptions
Review the various What type of sentences are Simple, Compound,
sentence types. there? Complex, Compound-
Complex
Introduce the various
diagram types.

ELABORATION Time: 5 minutes


Probing/Eliciting Student Responses and
What the Teacher Will Do Questions Misconceptions
Write out sentences on the What is the subject of this Students will answer and
board, and ask the students sentence? ask any questions they need
to help you label the for clarification.
various parts. Begin with What is the predicate?
simple, then compound, and Are there any phrases or
work your way up to clauses?
complex.
What about modifiers?

EXPLORATION Time: 20 minutes

Probing/Eliciting Student Responses and


What the Teacher Will Do Questions Misconceptions
Have one student from each
group come up and get the
sentence worksheet, the
diagram worksheet, and a
bag of words.
Have each group work Students work together to
together to identify the parts diagram the sentences.
of the sentences and
organize the words into the
shape of the correct
diagram. Walk around and
check that each group is
doing well.
When all students have Students will comply.
been successful, ask that
they put their materials
back in the bag and one
person from each group
return the bag to Teacher’s
desk.

EVALUATION Time: 5 minutes


Probing/Eliciting Student Responses and
What the Teacher Will Do Questions Misconceptions
Hand out worksheet so that
students can work by themselves
and diagram examples.
Possible Diagram Types

Simple Sentence

Modifiers

Compound Sentences