Orientation Sentence
Focuses: the direct object (do); the appositive (app)

On Wednesday, I met Mr. Pangier, one of the new teachers.

Step 1: Find the subject and verb combination(s) and underline and double underline respectively. Label all parts of speech.


The subject is I, so I underlined it once, labeling it pro for pronoun. Met is the corresponding verb, which has been double-underlined and labeled with a v, as it is neither a linking verb or helping verb (there are three verb distinctions with this system).

Step 2: Find any articles (a, an, the) and circle them.


I only found one article, the, so I circled it.

Step 3: Find any conjunctions (connecting words) and box them.
There are NO conjunctions in this sentence (examples of conjunctions include: and, or, but, because, so...).

Step 4: Find any prepositional phrases and surround them with parenthesis. Label all parts of speech and functions.


This sentence has two prepositional phrases. I know this because I can recognize most common prepositions and because I know the pattern for prepositional phrases (begins with a preposition (prep) and ends with an object of the preposition (op). I have surrounded the prepositional phrase with parenthesis, marked the prep and op for both, and have marked the remaining parts of speech.

Step 5: Search for the current focus item(s) and mark the parts of speech and/or functions.


First, I found the direct object (do), Mr. Pangier, which receives the action of the verb met. Then, I found the appositive (app), one of the new teachers, which is a noun phrase that adds more detail to a noun, or in this case a proper noun, Mr. Pangier

Step 6: Label any remaining parts of speech and/or functions.

There were just two words left to label, one and new. One is a pronoun (pro) because it stands in for a noun, or a proper noun in this case, Mr. Pangier. New describes teachers, which is a noun. Adjectives (adj) describe nouns.

The last thing I do is go back over my sentence, checking my work to make sure I didn't make any unnecessary (silly) errors.

Now that you've seen my Orientation Sentence, get going on your Codify Tiering work. The clock's ticking!
But, don't forget what you learned.
Below, is my suggested solving order. Use it if it helps you.

Recommended Solving Order (NOT left to right)
  1. Find the subject and verb combination(s) and underline and double underline respectively. Label all parts of speech.
  2. Find any articles (a, an, the) and circle them.
  3. Find any conjunctions (connecting words) and box them.
  4. Find any prepositional phrases (prep first and o.p. last) and surround them with parenthesis. Label all parts of speech and functions.
  5. Search for the current focus item(s) and mark the parts of speech and/or functions.
  6. Label any remaining parts of speech and/or functions.