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Above: That's me, selling my books at the Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati. My latest book is entitled Drawing Sentences: A Guide to Diagramming. This book is comprised of three previous books: A First Book of Sentence Diagramming, A Second Book of Sentence Diagramming, and A Workbook of Sentence Diagramming. It is published by Butler Books of Louisville. The price is $24.95. To order, please go to the web site of Butler Books at www.butlerbooks.com or click here for an order form.

Published by Butler Books of Louisville

***Drawing Sentences***

~ A Guide to Diagramming ~

Drawing Sentences: A Guide to Diagramming is comprised  in large measure of the teacher's editions of my previously published books A First Book of Sentence Diagramming, A Second Book of Sentence Diagramming, and A Workbook of Sentence Diagramming. These books constitute Parts One, Two, and Three, respectively, of Drawing Sentences. In addition to hundreds of model diagrams and many pages of explanatory material, the new book contains scores of exercises, diagramming solutions for all sentences of all exercises, unit tests (and answers) in Parts One and Two, a detailed table of contents, a preface on the history of diagramming, an impressive section of grammatical terms and diagramming symbols, and an index.

Part One contains 115 model diagrams and 250 sentences for students to diagram. Part One has eight units, each consisting of three lessons and one review page. Thirteen pages of answers (i.e., diagrams of all 250 sentences) are found at the end of Part One. 

Part Two begins where Part One ends and has the same basic structure. Part Two provides 82 model diagrams and 201 sentences for students to diagram. Twenty-one pages of answers (i.e., diagrams of all 201 sentences) are found at the end of Part Two. 

Parts One and Two have eight unit tests each as well as solutions for all tests.

Part Three contains 115 diagramming examples ranging in difficulty from very easy to very difficult, 30 exercises containing 274 sentences to be diagrammed, a separate answer section with a diagram and a verbal analysis of each sentence, and a concluding section of 30 sentences of medium length (with solutions), intended as a review of most of the diagramming concepts presented in the book.

Drawing Sentences is the perfect choice for elementary-, middle-, and high-school teachers and for homeschool moms and dads. They can acquire a thorough knowledge of sentence diagramming by working through Part Three, thereby preparing themselves to guide their students through Parts One and Two. Part Three can also be used by industrious students to complement and supplement Parts One and Two.

Perhaps the best way to get to know a book is to view its pages. A series of links will allow you to do just that. Please excuse the less-than-perfect quality of my scans. The quality of the book pages themselves is excellent. The page size of the scans varies slightly but is approximately the same as the page size of the book (8 1/2/" x 11").

- Table of Contents: (four pages)

- Part One, Unit III (five pages)

- Part Two, Unit III (four pages)

- Part Three, Diagramming Examples (2 of 28 pages)

- Part Three, Solutions (4 of 68 pages)

- Grammatical Terms and Diagramming Symbols (1 of 5 pages)

If you have questions about Drawing Sentences or about any of my books, please write to me at ermoutoux@juno.com or at eugene.moutoux@insightbb.com. To order, please go to the web site of Butler Books at www.butlerbooks.com and select my book from their menu. The price per copy is $24.95. 

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Published by Butler Books of Louisville

***Diagramming Step by Step***

~ One Hundred and Fifty-five Steps to Diagramming Excellence ~

Diagramming Step by Step: One Hundred and Fifty-five Steps to Diagramming Excellence contains 155 examples of Reed & Kellogg diagrams, 25 examples of tree diagrams, 387 sentences for students to diagram in the traditional Reed & Kellogg manner, and 22 sentences for students to diagram with tree diagrams. The principal instructional section of the book consists of 24 lessons, each with a page of grammar explanation, a page of model diagrams, a page of sentences for students to diagram, and a page of writing tips. In a section entitled "People in the Park," a storyteller (that's me) tells stories about the lives of people in the park, and students are expected to diagram the sentences of these stories. Grammar hints are provided for those who need them. A separate section contains ten challenging sentences of more than 100 words each for students to diagram. An entirely new section introduces students of Reed and Kellogg diagramming to the favorite mode of diagramming of most modern linguists, tree diagramming. This section contains 25 model diagrams (with explanations) and 22 sentences for students to diagram using tree diagrams. Students will be excited to compare and contrast the syntactic analyses of modern linguistics with those of traditional grammar. Diagramming Step by Step has, in the back, answers (diagrams and explanations) for every sentence in every section of the book. This book is dedicated to my deceased wife of 41 years, Joni. I have tried to make it my best, most complete diagramming book. 

Should you buy this book if you already have Drawing Sentences? Not necessarily, but if you are looking for additional diagramming challenges for yourself or your students, you will find plenty in this book. Also, I know of no other diagramming book that provides the in-depth look at tree diagramming found in Diagramming Step by Step. Teachers purchasing a copy of this book may photocopy all or some of its pages for free distribution to their students. The price of this edition of Diagramming Step by Step is $26.95. You may purchase it from the publisher by going to butlerbooks.com. A few copies of earlier, less thorough editions are still available for purchase from me. When sold out, these editions will not be reprinted.

I invite you to examine several pages of Diagramming Step by Step. For reasons that I do not understand, the size of each of these pages is greatly magnified. The actual page size is 8 1/2" x 11".

Click here to see the Forward.

Click here to see the Table of Contents.

Click here to see an entire lesson. 

Click here to see one of the stories.

Click here to see one of the 100-word sentences. 

Click here to see a tree-diagramming page.

Click here to see an answer page.

Click here to view pictures of Joni and to read about her life and death.

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*** Analyzing the Grammar of Literature *** 

Diagrams of 130 Long Sentences from British and American Writers

This book is, to the best of my knowledge, unlike any other book available. It is not for beginners. It offers 130 sentences gleaned from the works of 57 British and American writers. The shortest sentence in the collection has 70 words, the longest 472. The median length (the length of the sentence right in the middle) is 100 words; to be precise, Sentence 65 has 99 words, Sentence 66 has 100. 

Diagrams of all 130 sentences are contained in in the "back" of the book, i.e., in the final five-sixths of the book. Each diagram occupies at least one page of the book; the longest covers four pages.

Degree of syntactic difficulty played no role in the selection of sentences. Sentence length and authorís literary reputation were the major criteria. 

The authors represented in this book are Henry Adams, Matthew Arnold, Jane Austin, James Boswell, Charlotte BrontŽ, Samuel Butler, George Washington Cable, Lewis Carroll, Samuel Coleridge, Joseph Conrad,  James Fennimore Cooper, Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Faulkner, Henry Fielding, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Benjamin Franklin, Oliver Goldsmith, Graham Greene, Thomas Hardy, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, O. Henry, Washington Irving, William James, Thomas Jefferson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Samuel Johnson, James Joyce, Abraham Lincoln, Herman Melville, James Michener, John Stuart Mill, Cardinal Newman, Edgar Allan Poe, Budd Schulberg, John O'Hara, Sir Walter Scott, Adam Smith, Gertrude Stein, Lawrence Sterne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Thackeray, Henry David Thoreau, Anthony Trollope, Mark Twain, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, Edith Wharton, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Thomas Wolfe, Virginia Wolfe, and William Wordsworth.  

Teachers purchasing a copy of this book may photocopy all or some of its pages for free distribution to their students. 

Analyzing the Grammar of Literature has 185 8 1/2" x 11" pages; it has a soft cover protected by a plastic overlay. Click here to see the cover. The price of the book is $24, which includes handling and media-mail shipment within the United States. Multiple copies cost slightly less. If you want to buy one or more copies of this book, please email me at ermoutoux@juno.com or at eugene.moutoux@insightbb.com. I will  send you my address and you can then mail me a check or money order (no cash or credit card numbers, please). Don't forget to include the address to which you want the book or books sent. Shipment is expected to take four to seven days. 

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For Beginning Students of German . . .

Essential German:

A No-Frills Approach to Reading and Writing German

Visitors to my web site have asked if my web program Essential German exists as a book. It does now. This brand new book includes the same four books as the web program, the same thirty-six chapters, the same vocabulary studies and grammar explanations, the same dialogues and fairy tales, the same exercises, the same answer sections, and the same glossary. What the book has that the web program does not have are nineteen poems by famous German writers such as Goethe and Heine and one unusual fable, all with copious marginal notes. All of this is crammed, in 10-point type, onto 152 pages. There is truly a wealth of material on each page.

This 8 1/2" x 11" book has a soft cover protected by a plastic overlay. The price of the book is $18, including postage within the U.S. and handling. If you order more than one copy, you may subtract $1 from the price of each book after the first. 

To order, please write to me at ermoutoux@juno.com or at eugene.moutoux@insightbb.com. I will  send you my address, and you can then mail me a check or money order (no cash or credit card numbers, please). Don't forget to include your address. I will try to send your book or books to you on the day your order arrives or on the following day. Shipment is expected to take four to seven days. 

To view Chapter 5 of Book 2 and the preceding fairy tale, click here.

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For Intermediate Students of German . . .

Unbekannt und Unbeachtet:

German Fairy Tales You May Have Missed

Most of the 200 plus fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are unfamiliar to native speakers of English. From these unknown tales, I have selected sixteen that I find especially engaging. Several are love stories in which husbands, wives, and lovers must overcome awesome obstacles to win, keep, or regain their beloved. One tale tells of a sister's selfless devotion to her brothers and another of a boy's love for his imprisoned mother. Among the featured characters are simpletons who outsmart their "wiser" brothers, an innocent princess who prevails against a treacherous chambermaid, and a loving husband who breaks the arrogance of his spoiled wife. Comedy is provided by a petulant devil, a tiny troublemaker, an overly curious wife, an ungrateful dwarf, and a princess disguised as a man, among others.

Thirty-three vocabulary lists accompany the tales, and copious marginal notes help students with both vocabulary and grammar. A 15-page glossary concludes the book. If you would like to view the book's introduction, click here. To view the table of contents, click here. To view one of the lessons, click here.

This 8 1/2" x 11" book has a soft cover protected by a plastic overlay. The price of the book is $15, including postage within the U.S. and handling. If you order more than one copy, you may subtract $1 from the price of each book after the first. 

To order, please write to me at ermoutoux@juno.com or at eugene.moutoux@insightbb.com. I will  send you my address, and you can then mail me a check or money order (no cash or credit card numbers, please). Don't forget to include your address. I will try to send your book or books to you on the day your order arrives or on the following day. Shipment is expected to take four to seven days. 

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Aus erster Hand:

Letters by Famous German-Speaking Men and Women

The 28 German letters contained in this book were written by German-speaking men and women of some prominence. The first letter takes you back more than two hundred years, while the last dates from only about 60 years ago. Out of hundreds of letters that I examined, I chose these because I believed they would have broad appeal and because they were, in general, without unmanageable grammatical and lexical complexities.

The letters express a wide range of emotions and attitudes, from disdain to compassion, from delight to disillusionment, from longing to fulfillment, from hope to hopelessness, from diffidence to self confidence, from criticism to congratulations. Topically, the letters deal with death, the French Revolution, scientific investigation and discovery, theater, medicine, business, politics, the military, psychology, and morality, to name only some. As sources of knowledge, the letters are gold mines.

Most of the letters are too difficult for intermediate students to read with ease until they have taken time to acquaint or reacquaint themselves with  some of the words. For that reason, each section of each letter is preceded by a vocabulary list. Troublesome words not contained in these lists are glossed. A rather thorough explanation of major points of German grammar is available in discrete sections interspersed throughout the book. A glossary containing some 1400 German words has also been provided. 

The book contains 28 letters--13 found on my web site as well as 15 additional letters. You may preview the table of contents by clicking here. Each letter is followed by questions in German about the contents of the letter, by English sentences to be translated into German by the student, and by a research suggestion or a suggestion for discussion.

This 73-page, 8 1/2" x 11" book has a soft cover protected by a plastic overlay. The price of the book is $14, including postage within the U.S. and handling. If you order more than one copy, you may subtract $1 from the price of each book after the first. 

To order, please write to me at ermoutoux@juno.com or at eugene.moutoux@insightbb.com. I will  send you my address, and you can then mail me a check or money order (no cash or credit card numbers, please). Don't forget to include your address. I will try to send your book or books to you on the day your order arrives or on the following day. Shipment is expected to take four to seven days. 

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*** 2016 Latin Derivatives for Latin Students ***

Second Edition

If you are a classroom Latin teacher or a home-school mom or dad who wants to make Latin derivatives an important part of the study of Latin, this book may be just the thing for you. Each of the 2016 Latin derivatives in the second edition of 2016 Latin Derivatives for Latin Students is defined and used in an original sentence. Of course, each of these derivatives is accompanied by its Latin root word or words. In addition, the book includes thousands of English words that are closely related to the 2016 featured derivatives. The four main parts of the book have forty-two lessons each, and each lesson contains twelve derivatives. To view three lessons (actual size is 8Ĺ x 11), click here. In arranging the derivatives, especially the derivatives of Parts I and II, I have taken into consideration the order in which Latin words are introduced in two standard Latin textbooks. For ease in locating any of the 2016 derivatives, a glossary has been appended. 

The price of the 72-page student edition is $13. A separate edition for teachers contains everything found in the student edition plus 168 ten-point quizzes (and answers), one for each lesson in the book; this edition has 122 pages and sells for $17. To view four quizzes (actual size is 8Ĺ x 11), click here. If you want to order one or more copies, please write to me at ermoutoux@juno.com or at eugene.moutoux@insightbb.com. I will  send you my address, and you can then mail me a check or money order (no cash or credit card numbers, please). Don't forget to include your address. I will try to send your book or books to you on the day your order arrives or on the following day. Shipment is expected to take four to seven days. 

Teachers purchasing a copy of this book may photocopy all or some of its pages for free distribution to their students. 

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***Thousands of Latin Derivatives***

If you have enjoyed and profited from the Latin-derivatives pages of my web site, you will love this book, for it is more comprehensive and better organized. It contains more than 3000 Latin derivatives (defined and used in sentences) and, in addition, many thousands of related Latin derivatives. The Latin root words in this book are arranged alphabetically, as they are on my web pages, and ample cross references have been provided.. Under verb capio, for example, one finds three defined derivatives (the noun capital, the adjective capital, and capitalism), and cross references to other Latin root words: capax (itself cross-referenced to capacitas), captio, captiosus, captivus, concipio, exceptio, incipio, occupo (cross-referenced to praeoccupo), participium, percipio, praecerptum, and suscipio. Under these words you will find, defined and used in sentences, the Latin derivatives capacious, incapacitate, caption, captious, captivate, conceptualize, unexceptionable, incipient, preoccupied, participle, percipient, precept, and insusceptible as well as several hundred related words. Each of these Latin root words is cross-referenced to capio; additionally, participium is cross-referenced to the noun pars. To view three pertinent pages, click here (for technical reasons, the lines of these sample pages, though single-spaced in the book, are double-spaced on the Internet). 

In Thousands of Latin Derivatives there are 159 additional pages like the three that are linked to above; included also are a page of Latin prefixes and an eleven-page glossary of the book's principal Latin derivatives. Of course, many Latin words do not appear in the book--some because they offer only unchallenging derivatives, others because they have yielded no derivatives at all. The price of the book is $21. Eight-point type is used throughout. If you want to order one or more copies, please write to me at ermoutoux@juno.com or at eugene.moutoux@insightbb.com. I will  send you my address, and you can then mail me a check or money order (no cash or credit card numbers, please). Don't forget to include your address. I will try to send your book or books to you on the day your order arrives or on the following day. Shipment is expected to take four to seven days. 

Thanks.

Gene Moutoux                                                                               

June 30, 2013

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