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Rock 'N Learn: Writing Strategies

Rock 'N Learn: Writing Strategies

Spring 2008 DVD
Ages: 9 & Up
DVD Price: $19.99

Who will help a young girl write her school essay? A pencil named Marko. And this pencil is sharp! Har, har. A worthwhile and well-presented animated video, Rock 'N' Learn uses Marko to cover all aspects of writing an essay - from test strategies (breathe, be neat, etc.), to brainstorming ideas, knowing your audience, organizing, and tools for writing.

What's particularly appealing about this teaching video is that the young girl who needs Marko's help actually has an assignment: write a story about an adventure.

From start to finish, from idea to word choices, the essay is examined and re-worked in a friendly, helpful, clear way. Anyone watching it - whether kids, parents or teachers - will come away with useful reminders that colorful words, transitions, personification and dialogue will make any story come alive. Marko's "Writer's Toolbox" is filled with easy-to-understand writing information for grades four and up. A second section of the 70-minute video focuses on proofreading. Listen to Marko and your next story will be vastly improved.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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