1. Put parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline subjects once, finite verbs twice, and label complements ("PN," "PA," "IO," "DO").
3. Place brackets around each subordinate clause. If the clause functions as a noun, label its function ( "Subj.," "IO," "DO," "OP") above the opening bracket. If it functions as an adjective or adverb, draw an arrow from the opening bracket to the word that the clause modifies.
4. Put a vertical line at the end of every main clause.
approaching the Sesemann residence on a sunny day in September.
Everything about him was bright and cheerful, but the doctor did not even
raise his eyes from the pavement to the blue sky above. His face was sad and
his hair had turned very gray since spring. A few months ago the doctor had
lost his only daughter, who had lived with him since his wife's early death.
The blooming girl had been his only joy, and since she had gone from him
the ever-cheerful doctor was bowed down with grief.
When Sebastian opened the door to the physician he bowed very low,
for the doctor made friends wherever he went.