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Sentence Analysis is the Montessori equivalent to the traditional sentence diagraming. This material relates beautifully to previous language works to which Montessori students have been introduced. By providing the children with a concrete representation of each sentence component, the foundations and theory behind sentence construction become more tangible and relatable.


Why do we teach Sentence Analysis?

The analysis of writing assists the child in identifying a set of rules that can be transferred into their own written work as well as the study of foreign languages. In this way, the child begins to identify patterns that allow them to broaden and strengthen their sentence construction. Additionally, as their reading level increases, the child is presented with more complex sentence structures that can at times be hard to follow. Having a background in Sentence Analysis allows the child to break down complicated sentences to identify the subject, predicated, direct object, etc., of compound-complex sentences making them more manageable.


What is the difference between Sentence Parsing and Sentence Analysis?

When parsing a sentence, the child is working to identify the category into which each word independently falls. When analyzing a sentence, the child is looking at how a word or phrase functions within the sentence as a whole to accomplish a particular job.


How do I use this material?

These charts mirror those presented in the Elementary I and II Montessori albums. The Basic Sentence Analysis charts (pg. 3) are generally introduced in the 6-9 classroom while the Advanced chart (pg. 4) is introduced in the 9-12. However, I encourage you to follow the child and identify what level is best suited for them.

These charts can also be paired with my Sentence Analysis Task Cards which provide an increasingly complex sequence of sentences for the child to analyze.