Reed-Kellogg diagrams
One of the primordial methods of visually analyzing sentence structure. It was developed by Alonzo Reed and Brainerd Kellogg in their book Higher Lessons in English, which was first published in 1877.

Example -

Source: Reed and Kellogg, Graded Lessons in English, p. 60
Source: Reed and Kellogg, Graded Lessons in English, p. 60


Quotation -
"I really do not know that anything has ever been more exciting than diagramming sentences."
(Source: Gertrude Stein )



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1. My twin sister and I spent many happy hours in the 5th grade with (Mrs. McBride!) diagramming overly complex sentences on the side board of our Catholic school classroom, while the class worked on other tasks. Thus, we have a firm grasp on what today seem to be the arcane concepts of adjectival phrases and compound predicates, and are better writers because of it. My children never diagrammed sentences and to this day can't discriminate between adjectives and adverbs! Other geeks like my sister and me may enjoy this book: Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences. It was a blast from the past!
(Vivian Gaits, New Jersey)


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