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Table of Contents
2. Sponsor’s Spot: At Last, An End to Tedious Internet Searching!
3. Weekly Topic: Diagramming Sentences
4. Note From an Iraqi Student
5. Related Games
6. Quote of the Week
7. Classified Ads
8. Subscription Management
#1. March 16, 2005
How perfect do we expect to be? When should we censor the “little voice” inside our heads, and when should we listen?
Saturday morning I felt a pang of maternal guilt bigger than any I’ve felt in a long time. It was SAT test morning for Matthew. And my son was really prepared. Not only mentally, but he also tried really hard to be prepared physically. He played 90 minutes of tennis on Friday afternoon to clear out his head, and be ready for a good night’s sleep. We went for an early dinner at his favorite Japanese restaurant. When the waitress asked for our drink order, Matthew ordered hot tea. I immediately thought about the caffeine, but then immediately answered the voice in my head with the following rebuttal: he’s a big boy, one cup of tea isn’t much, if I mention it, he’ll give me that look, if I mention, I plant the idea in his head, and that will keep him up. So I didn’t say anything.
But the next morning when I put a big, healthy breaksfast on the table, and Matthew came into the kitchen, he said,”I drank tea last night. I couldn’t fall asleep, and when I did fall asleep, I woke up again.” My heart sank. I should have said something. He agreed with me. I should have said something. Grrrhhh….
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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#3. Diagramming Sentences
by Barbara J. Feldman
Diagramming Sentences Printable (** for premium members only)
Sentence diagramming (also known as Reed-Kellogg diagramming) was a popular classroom grammar technique for nearly a century. It lost favor about thirty years ago, but several Surfnetkids readers recently suggested sentence diagramming as a topic. I hope this means that grammar is making a comeback!
AP Language and Composition: Sentence Diagramming Guide
This guide from the English department of Southwest High School (Green Bay, WI) covers sentence diagramming in seventeen sections. Section One starts with the simplest sentence structure (noun, verb) and each section adds a new part of speech. There is a small parts-of-speech guide with tips on how to recognize them, linked from the front page. “Conjunction – Just remember this: FAN BOYS (F= for, A= and, N= nor, B= but, O= or, Y= yet, S= so).”
“Diagraming sentences is such a fun way to learn about what makes a sentence tick. It’s like solving a puzzle!” With a bright orange background, this page is clearly aimed at upper elementary students. It introduces sentence diagramming with subjects and predicates, and only briefly touches on adding adjectives and adverbs into the mix.
Guide to Grammar and Writing: Diagramming Sentences
There are four terrific sentence-diagramming tutorials here, but finding them is a challenge. . Here’s some help. For a Powerpoint introduciton to sentence diagramming, click the blue graphic in the middle of the a yellow box, near the middle of the page. For a more in-depth tutorial (fifty pages long!) use the round blue Enter button, a half screen further down the page. Curious about how to diagram the Pledge of Allegiance or the Preamble to the U.S, Constitution? Look for those links below the Summaries subhead near the bottom of the page.
… to continue reading, visit Surfnetkids: Diagramming Sentences .
#4. Note from an Iraqi Student
i am very sorry because i did not send to you messages because i had exams.
i am in the second class and i am studying turkish, kurdish, arabic and english.
also i had not computer and network conection, but now i have. i am 16 years old. i live
in iraq, northern iraq in kurdistan-erbil.
after 1 month the exams restart and i have to study very hard.
i hope u resend me a massage [sic]. have a good times and days and bye.
nobel nejib toma
It’s a thrill to know that my little newsletter is reaching students of English all around the world. Thanks for writing, and good luck with your exams.
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#5. Related Games
Parts of Speech Word Search
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#6. Quote of the Week
“Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.” ~~ Napoleon Hill (1883 – 1970) American motivational author and founder of Science of Success
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