Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences

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  • Title: Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences
  • Author: Kitty Burns Florey
  • ISBN: 9781933633107
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sister Bernadette s Dog Barking The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences154 pp Sister Bernadette s Barking Dog The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences is a 2006 book by author Kitty Burns Florey about the history and art of sentence diagramming Florey learned to diagram sentences as a Catholic school student at St John the Baptist AcaSister Bernadette s Dog Barking The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences154 pp Sister Bernadette s Barking Dog The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences is a 2006 book by author Kitty Burns Florey about the history and art of sentence diagramming Florey learned to diagram sentences as a Catholic school student at St John the Baptist Academy in Syracuse, New York Diagramming sentences is useful, Florey says, because it teaches us to focus on the structures and patterns of language, and this can help us appreciate it as than just a vehicle for expressing minimal ideas Florey said in a 2012 essay Taming Sentences When we unscrew a sentence, figure out what makes it tick and reassemble it, we interact with our old familiar language differently, deeply, responding to the way its individual components fit together Once we understand how sentences work what s going on what action is taking place who is doing it and to whom is it being done , it s harder to write an incorrect one.Sentence diagramming was introduced by Brainerd Kellogg and Alonzo Reid, professors at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, in their book History of English published in 1877 Keywords KITTY BURNS FLOREY SISTER BERNADETTE DOG BARKING DIAGRAMMING SENTENCES ENGLISH GRAMMAR REFERENCE LANGUAGE

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    1. Kitty Burns Florey writes, "Trying to stuff the complexities of the English language into flat visual structures is a bit like trying to force a cat into the carrier for a trip to the vet, and coming up with the idea in the first place seems comparable to the boldness and daring of cracking open the first oyster and deciding it looked like lunch."Things like that made me really enjoy the book, as did her apparently hand-drawn diagrams, which look like rickety scaffolding. She loves the predictab [...]

    2. What a delightful book. If you ever loved diagramming sentences, as I did, you must read it. As a sixth grader in Morris Plains Borough School, I was taught how to diagram sentences by Mr. Ed Borneman. He was an irascible man who ruled his classroom like a tyrant. After each quiz or test, he rearranged the seating chart according to the grade you received. Students with the lowest grades sat in front (so as to be squarely within his zone of psychological terror) while top scorers chilled in the [...]

    3. I went to an English grammar school. You'd probably assume, therefore, that I learnt something calledammar. God forbid. I went in the 1970s, when yet another crazy, liberal, progressive eduction reform decided that actually teaching anyone anything was elitist. I came out of seven years of grammar school education thinking that if a word ended in ing it was possibly a verb. I couldn't put a comma correctly into a sentence to save my life. In fact, launched out into the world where I needed to be [...]

    4. I remember having fun putting words into diagrams, and this book was both a fun reminder and an interesting history of the grammar tool.

    5. Anyone who knows me (I'm also known as the Comma Queen or the Red Pen Lady) won't be surprised that I loved this book about sentence diagramming--although I was surprised to realize that my diagramming skills were terribly rusty! The author provides a history of diagramming schemes, hilarious examples of what diagramming does and doesn't do (horrid sentences can still be diagrammed with ease doesn't improve grammar), and examples of various author's approaches to The Sentence. A bit of grammatic [...]

    6. Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences by Kitty Burns Florey is a delight. Florey is informative and her commentary is amusing. The book itself is well-designed with simple graphics, a lot of white space and those beautifully-rendered sentence diagrams. In six relatively short chapters, Florey goes over the origin of sentence diagramming (at first, words were enclosed in bubbles), its popularity with teachers through the 1960s, its pros and co [...]

    7. I wish there had been more about the actual process of diagramming a sentence, but the bits about other writers was awesome. It's actually a nice little book about grammar.

    8. I bought this book after hearing an interview with Kitty Burns Florey on NPR. Though diagramming always seemed to me a limited pedagogical form, I was interested to find out more about the methodology and rationale behind the system. The first two chapters of this book provide a lot of that, though in essence the research seems weak, with Burns Florey doing little more than finding the original books where diagramming methods were developed, from the original balloon designs of S.W. Clark (A pra [...]

    9. My interest in sentence diagramming (an activity I recall adoring as a girl) was renewed by the need to teach grammar to a student I tutor. Florey's book was recommended to me by another English teacher, and it was a pleasure to read. Florey's narrative voice is charming; her excitement about English and proper grammar pour from the pages.The chapter "Poetry & Grammar" was my favorite. In it, Florey examines (yes, diagrams) sentences from famous authors such as Gertrude Stein (she claims Ger [...]

    10. The author, a novelist, weaves her own Catholic school experiences diagramming sentences under the watchful eye of Sister Bernadette, and then reflects on other writers, most notably Gertrude Stein, who was passionate about grammar, and apparently loved diagramming (although she wrote sentences that defied most grammatical conventions). She investigates the world of Brainerd Kellogg and Alonzo Reed, whose 1877 text on diagramming more or less created the concept, and works her way through other [...]

    11. What a fun book! The only book I know in which the author reminisces fondly about diagramming sentences in middle school back in the day. It's an entertaining book, not a book teaching you how to diagram. Actually, I had no idea kids these days don't diagram sentences (except in a few rare schools) because I did it when I was in school. I diagrammed badly. I remember nothing of it, but I remember hating it.I did not hate this book. I had a good time with it and now I wished I had paid more atten [...]

    12. Loved this book. Great for anyone about to teach Grammar who has forgotten everything they ever learned about Grammar. Certainly made me want to do diagramming with my students, and so far they love it. It really is fun (for all ages!) and makes language into a kind of puzzle to be puzzled with and puzzled out.

    13. Fun and fascinating history. Unlike my friend Cat I did have brief exposure to diagramming sentences from a thoroughly old-fashioned and fondly remembered fifth grade teacher. Mrs. Wilson didn't make us actually learn all the ins and outs of the process, but did use it to break down sentence structure in a different way. The methodology does provide a graphical approach to analysis and certainly could be helpful to some students for understanding grammatical structures in English.The historical [...]

    14. An admission: it was this book’s title that drew me in. And when it arrived last week inside a big box of new reading material I had ordered from , I was equally captivated by its quirky cover art and the seemingly hand-drawn sentence diagrams inside. Then, I started reading the book. Instead of being dense and hard to decipher, Kitty Burns Florey chose to present the information with style and—wait for it—a sense of humor. When I first ran across a footnote, I thought, Awesome. I can’t [...]

    15. An absolutely hilarious memoir/history/reference book about the disappearing practice of sentence diagramming and various other quirks of language learning.As someone who was never taught to diagram sentences - never even shown such a diagram, as far as I remember - I would have welcomed more on the rules of diagramming itself, maybe even a humorous exercise with answer key in the back, but that's just because I'm a GIANT ENGLISH NERD. I still feel like I learned the basics from all the examples [...]

    16. I love the idea of this book, and I approached it eager to learn to diagram sentences. I guess I shouldn't have expected an instruction book, since it didn't bill itself that way, but it was not at all what I expected.In the spirit of the book, I'll tell you about my own history of diagramming sentences. There isn't one. Where I grew up, in the Bronx, the focus in English class was learning to read -- at all. If you could do that, everyone pretty much ignored you. Since I had mastered that skill [...]

    17. I knew nothing about diagramming sentences when I heard about this book. But I'm interested in language and the way it works and the way its taught, so I picked it up. I skated by a lot of grammer in school because I was a big reader so I knew how sentences should sound, but I never really learned why. Later in life, as a writer, I've started to learn the why and I've seen great improvements in my writing and I find it fascinating. By the end of the book, I still don't totally understand diagram [...]

    18. Not long ago, I read Florey's Script and Scribble, a book about handwriting, and I really looked forward to reading this book about diagramming sentences. I fondly remember learning to diagram sentences in 7th grade with my English teacher, Mrs. Johnson, so I looked forward to reading this.I really enjoyed it. The subject matter is a little more limited than in Script and Scribble -- there is basically only one way of diagramming sentences whereas handwriting has all kinds of styles -- but Flore [...]

    19. I would have liked more on actually diagramming sentences--since I missed it by a decade or two, most of this went over my head. The style is witty, though, and the footnotes were the best part. Also, I really had no idea that "the lion's share" meant all of something, not most. That does make it funnier. And there's a sentence and footnote on Burr and Hamilton, which amused me.

    20. I love grammar, and had heard this book recommended, and wanted to love it. I did love that the author loves grammar and diagramming. I felt like she was an old friend as she gushed about words and sentence structures and delightful sentences and quirks of our language. I loved the history and anecdotes. I loved her whimsical style.I do wish there had been more explanation of HOW to diagram. I did learn a bit just observing the diagrammed sentences she scatters throughout the book, but there's a [...]

    21. I think Florey has a humor with which I very much identify. Hers is the kind of dry, sarcastic, but nor caustic, writing I would like to imitate. In the beginning of the book she talks about "educators' exaggerated respect for the sensitivities of students" and its impediment to language and creative expression - but then later (in a footnote) speaks of a "political correctness that supposedly caters to minorities." In the style of her writing, it seems that sentence is not very critical about p [...]

    22. How does an author write a book about sentence diagramming that is both informative and downright entertaining? I never diagrammed sentences in school, but my mother did and was also an elementary school teacher. Maybe that's why I was interested in this book. The author provides the nuts and bolts of diagramming rules, a history of diagramming, and her own memories of sixth grade in Sister Bernadette's English class. She's a word nerd with the appreciation that not everybody feels the same need [...]

    23. There were some interesting bits in here, but overall, I'm just left wondering, what was the point? The author talks about how sentence diagramming came to be, speculates on whether various authors may have learned the practice as children, diagrams a bunch of sentences from said authors, and considers whether the technique has any point or benefit (conclusion: maybe???). It touches on several interesting topics related to grammar and language change, but doesn't delve into any of them at all. I [...]

    24. Three stars is being generous. I loved diagramming sentences in Mrs. Aiello’s sixth grade and had high expectations for this book, billed as a quirky offbeat history. It did have some quirky, funny moments as well as some interesting, informative moments, but overall I found it rather dull. Had it been longer I’m not sure I would have finished.

    25. The diagramming part of this was enjoyable -- I was taught to diagram sentences in high school, long after it passed out of common practice. However, I didn't care much for the author's opinions on a number of educational topics or the tone she took with those topics. So I alternated between being entertained and annoyed. Hence the three-star rating.

    26. Not what I expected, I thought there would be more about how to diagram sentences (something I love). But nice excitement about the process, so it was fun to read, and see a number of sentences from different authors diagrammed.

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