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Sentence Diagramming 101

Sentence Diagramming 101

This Stand Alone Instructional Resource (StAIR) was designed to teach students the basics of Sentence Diagramming.  It covers the first three grammar lessons in a Freshman English course at Boyne City (Michigan) High School.  The lessons are Simple Sentences, Compound Subjects, and Compound Verbs.  Parts of Speech and Capitalization rules are also included in the lessons.  This StAIR was built as a quiz review.  It allows students to click through and see sentence diagramms and then to answer interactive quiz questions about the lessons.  The StAIR is meant to engage students through using popular culture and sports references in giving the students feedback. 

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Laura LaFrenier
Laura LaFrenier (Teacher (K-12))
6 years ago

This is a great way to tackle a complex subject, grammar. The sentence diagrams were helpful, and so were the basic explanations (although in the initial explanation the presentation only described action verbs). The sentence diagrams are also very detailed, which is helpful to the student.

However, there is an overall lack of feedback for the student. This could be a case of broken links. But, at any rate, info for the learner when they are asked to choose (click on) something would improve the presentation. The presentation could also be improved with a "yes or no" and an explanation why if I got it wrong for EACH question asked. Also, there were often too many links at the bottom of the page, which could confuse the student as to what link to click next. In addition, the overall color choice and design could be improved to make the presentation more appealing. Lastly, there is no use of audio in the presentation. Audio feedback with sounds or a recorded explanation throughout would make the presentation more appealing and more accessible to all students.

Technical Remarks:

Choice icons for questions do not appear to link to a response.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Amanda Kain
Amanda Kain (Teacher (K-12))
6 years ago

I found the information and diagrams very informative.  For the most part it was easy to navigate from one slide to the next.  It would have been nice if there was some kind of order to view the topics or a way to show the ones you already viewed.  I found all the buttons a bit overwhelming and could not remember which ones I already viewed.  I really liked the variety of icons you used for correct and incorrect answers.  I did not like that when you got an answer wrong there was no feedback to help you get the correct answer.  This would be very helpful especially in the quiz at the end.  Another problem I ran into was at the end of the quiz you asked "How many questions did you get right?".  Nothing happened when I clicked on any of the numbers.  It would be nice to have an audio option instead of just reading the information.  However, I did like the audio when you got a correct or incorrect answer.

Time spent reviewing site: 25 minutes