The Sentence Analysis Material actually has its origins in the lower elementary Montessori environment.
My Favorite Upper Elementary Montessori Material: Sentence Analysis MaterialLower elementary students learn to analyze simple 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.
For example: John read us a book today in the library.
- Predicate adjectives and nominatives
- Objective complements
- Direct address
- Complements of specification
- Attributive adjectives
- Phrases: prepositional, participial, gerunds, infinitives
- Clauses: independent, dependent, subordinate, adverb
Only after students have truly mastered advanced Montessori sentence analysis are they invited to learn conventional sentence diagramming. They are frequently amazed at how easy diagramming is after having learned and practiced with the Montessori Sentence Analysis Material.
Elizabeth II, queen of Great Britain, likes Corgis.
Advanced Montessori sentence analysis is not just about learning grammar; it is about learning to think!
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Friday, November 2, 2012.