How to Use SAM (Sentence Analysis Map) Grammar Video

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How to Use SAM (Sentence Analysis Map) Grammar Video

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  • Supporting Information


The Sentence Analysis Map (SAM) is an integral part of Charlene Tess’s unique and highly effective method of teaching and learning grammar that students and teachers are using with great success.

After purchase, you can watch this video on TpT or download it if you wish. The supporting document contains a zip file that includes a downloadable video file and a practice exercise.


$$ Save 20% off the price of individual video resources by purchasing all 10 videos and practice exercises in a bundle. $$


On the front of the SAM sheet, the 8 steps in Charlene Tess’s Simple Steps to Sentence are clearly explained.

On the back of the SAM sheet are lists of sentence elements to help with sentence analysis. These are the notes you would have to dictate, write on the board, or provide on a handout each time they would be needed for a lesson. The lists include:

  • prepositions (including compound prepositions)
  • linking verbs (including verbs that can be linking or action)
  • helping verbs
  • adverbs that interrupt verb phrases
  • conjunctions (and conjunctive adverbs)
  • relative pronouns
  • subordinating conjunctions
  • questions that adjectives and adverbs answer

SAM is a time saver for the teacher and an invaluable student study sheet. I suggest that you allow students to use SAM while doing all assignments and while taking tests. If they follow the 8 in the order they are presented, they can easily analyze any sentence you give them.

In no time, students will improve their writing because they will recognize a well-constructed sentence and be able to write sentences just like them.

Of course, if you want the easiest way to teach and learn grammar, you will want to download the entire book Simple Steps to Sentence Sense, which includes the SAM sheet, lesson notes, document projection sheets, group practice exercises, individual practice exercises, tests, and writing connection exercises.

Included is the bonus of having all the correct answers for all the exercises listed in the back of the book. There are several editions of the Simple Steps to Sentence Sense eBooks. They are available both as a printable PDF and as a digital edition that students will access in Google Drive.

A High School Edition (Grades 9-12 and adults)

A Middle School Edition (Grades 6-8)

An Elementary and ESL edition. (Grades 3-5)Y

You will find all of them here in my store.


I offer several bundles that will save you 20% on the individual resources that are included. You will find all my bundles here.

This product is aligned with ELA Literacy Common Core Standards. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.1 and CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.2


Charlene Tess is an educator with over 35 years of classroom experience. She has taught English, journalism, and creative writing to students in grades 7-12 and has developed her resources based on lessons that were successful with her students.

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