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Rock 'N Learn: Writing Strategies [Import]

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  • Actors: Vic Mignogna
  • Directors: Richard Caudle
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Rock 'N Learn
  • Release Date: Feb. 3 2009
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
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  • ASIN: B0010T3HPK
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Manufacturer Part Number: RL-202

Marko the Pencil helps students become better writers. Using Marko's Toolbox, students learn how to organize a story, create an interesting hook, use transitional phrases, and apply colorful words that show rather than tell. Students discover how to apply personification, dialogue, similes, and other tools for creating a lasting impression. This entertaining DVD is perfect for improving general writing skills and boosting scores on standardized writing tests. Includes proofreading and taking multiple-choice writing tests. Approx. 70 min. Grades 4-12.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e28b60c) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d740b70) out of 5 stars How to write right July 5 2008
By Amanda Richards - Published on Amazon.com
This DVD is divided into two main sections of just over thirty minutes each. The first section covers the basics of story-writing, and although it is geared towards grade four and up, it is useful for anyone with a composition or report to write, or a story to tell.

Presented in cartoon format, the story-writer is a young girl, and her instructor an Italian pencil named Marko. We follow along as the girl writes a composition about her first camping trip, with Marko providing running advice and commentary.

As she writes, Marko pulls "tools" out of his toolbox to make the story better, and these are:

1. Arranger: putting your thoughts in order so as to capture the whole story in a logical and organized manner. Extraneous material that doesn't belong in the story is also edited out.
2. Hook: every story needs something to catch the reader's attention, and this includes specific actions, word pictures, interesting facts, conversations or questions.
3. Transitions: used to fill gaps in the storyline.
4. Colorful words: words used to emphasize the way things look, feel, smell, taste or sound.
5. Personification: giving human qualities to objects.
6. Dialogue: developing characters by having them speak to each other.
7. Simile: using words to say how different things may be similar.
8. Onomatopoeia: words pronounced like the sound they are describing.
9. Alliteration: words that begin with the same letter.
10. Lasting impressions: ways to end your story that will be remembered by your readers.

(Marko also discusses unclear pronouns and making sure that clear antecedents are used)

The second section deals with proofreading for capitalization, spelling, punctuation and double negatives, among others.

Also available on the DVD are printable posters covering the topics, and these are also available for downloading from markothepencil dot com in pdf or gif format.

I think that this is a very useful tool for helping children to improve their writing skills, and even my seven year old is now familiar with the terms "simile", "onomatopoeia" and "alliteration". Get this for a young, aspiring writer in your family, and leave a lasting impression.

Amanda Richards, July 5, 2008
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d8257b0) out of 5 stars Worked for learning disabled child Aug. 2 2012
By R. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughter who is about to enter 4th grade was assessed with a learning disability. I was told that she needs to work on her writing and spelling. Specifically, she needed to work on adding more detail, grammar, and spelling accurately. Unfortunately, many of the Spelling lists my daughter had to learn were too easy (she's not that far behind her peers) and she wasn't challenged enough to improve her writing and spelling. I was at the end of my rope when I ordered this video. In addition to the spelling drills that I've given my daughter on my own I showed her this video. This video did hold my daughter's attention. Within three weeks she's watched it five times without any prompting from me. Right after watching the video, she's always motivated to put the skills she's learned from the DVD to use and write! I can see measurable improvement in her writing samples and sentences. She now uses more description, more detail, less repetitive phrases, and better grammar. She's not where she should be yet but an improvement is an improvement and I expect that this DVD will help her tremendously in school.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d80df9c) out of 5 stars Not a bad idea Jan. 27 2012
By amber01sw - Published on Amazon.com
When I first got this DVD I at first thought maybe I picked the wrong thing to review with my little girl only being in the 2nd grade. But, after the stories she is already having to write and understanding the different parts of writing stories I knew it was a really great thing. This really talks to the kids in away that keeps them focused and makes it really easy to understand. I know there are parts that she is still not understanding but I am sure she will catch on. Plus, the pencil talking is great for kids. I really like how not only does it tell you how to do things and explains but it also shows you in detail which for a lot of kids is much better seeing how to do something. I know that when she gets into the grades where this is really important she will already understand it and not struggle. This is one thing that is really hard for kids so for me I feel I am attacking it with her early. Which makes it where we can work and practice at a slow pace. Plus, for kids that are already in grades 4 and up this would help this so much in understanding and maybe enjoy writing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d82f318) out of 5 stars Not for the ages stated Oct. 11 2012
By Christy - Published on Amazon.com
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This video says it is for middle school and high school. When I get it home and watched it, it is clearly not for high school students. This is not age appropriate for my students and I regret this purchase. This is not the sellers fault. The video has the grade levels printed on it. This is more for 5th - 8th grade in my opinion.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9df0042c) out of 5 stars Five stars for Seller n Video Feb. 9 2013
By Rogelio Caballero - Published on Amazon.com
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The video is a great way to review writing. As a third grade teacher, my students gained meaningful information and skills. They all have their own "tool box," now. I recommend this video.