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Rock 'N Learn: Writing Strategies (2008)

Vic Mignogna , Richard Caudle  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Vic Mignogna
  • Directors: Richard Caudle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rock 'N Learn
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010T3HPK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Review

The DVD had excellent writing strategies that really went with what my youngster was working on at the time. It helped him to know where to begin. I also like the fact that the poster can be printed. I intend to print these as reminders for when he is working on his homework. The ability to choose one segment is great as well.--J. Seward

This DVD is attention getting and entertaining for many age groups. It's a great way to teach writing to students and/or your own children. It lends itself to several follow-up lessons in writing. A great tool to develop strong writing skills.--Mandy Johnson, parent --iParenting Media Award-2008 Best Products

This product really explains, in a visual way, story elements such as sequencing, a hook, transition, colorful words, and more. The help that Marko gives is specific, useful, and immediately applicable. The writing process is often a painful one. This product helps by breaking it down into small steps. Even better, it uses visual cues that will help students, especially visual learners, keep the steps in mind. --Diana Lawsky, reviewer for Instructor magazine

Marko the Pencil knows all the insider tips for producing the most polished prose. He introduces viewers to his Writer's Toolbox, packed with smart, easy-to-implement strategies for improving writing brainstorming for a topic; hooking readers; organizing sentences and ideas; using transitional phrases, personification, dialogue, similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration; and much more. Marko makes lessons meaningful and memorable by using real passages to demonstrate his writing tools at work. And his strategies are perfect for any writing assignment or standardized test. Also includes bonus materials: tips for proofreading and for acing multiple-choice writing tests. --Beth Hanlon, Educational Reviewer

--Beth Hanlon, Educational Reviewer

This product really explains, in a visual way, story elements such as sequencing, a hook, transition, colorful words, and more. The help that Marko gives is specific, useful, and immediately applicable. The writing process is often a painful one. This product helps by breaking it down into small steps. Even better, it uses visual cues that will help students, especially visual learners, keep the steps in mind. --Diana Lawsky, reviewer for Instructor magazine

Marko the Pencil knows all the insider tips for producing the most polished prose. He introduces viewers to his Writer's Toolbox, packed with smart, easy-to-implement strategies for improving writing brainstorming for a topic; hooking readers; organizing sentences and ideas; using transitional phrases, personification, dialogue, similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration; and much more. Marko makes lessons meaningful and memorable by using real passages to demonstrate his writing tools at work. And his strategies are perfect for any writing assignment or standardized test. Also includes bonus materials: tips for proofreading and for acing multiple-choice writing tests. --Beth Hanlon, Educational Reviewer

Product Description

Captivate readers, ace writing tests, and express yourself clearly. Marko's Writer's Toolbox, packed with easy-to-implement strategies, will take your writing from mediocre to magnificent. Whether you're writing stories, essays, or other assignments, Marko gives you proven strategies for getting remarkable results. This is the fun way to sharpen your skills.

Listen to Marko the Pencil as he helps his friend brainstorm ideas for a writing assignment. Then jot down ideas for your own paper and experiment with various hooks after seeing examples. Once you have an outline or draft, view the chapters on personification or dialog. Pause the video and take time to incorporate literary devices in your own work.

This video uses a narrative essay as an example, but the tools demonstrated can also be used for persuasive and expository writing. While the cute animation and jokes make the program kid-friendly, the valuable information will help writers of any age, even high school and college. The bonus section shows how to proofread work and gives tips for multiple-choice writing tests.

You will enjoy this program in its entirety to get an overview of effective writing. Watching the DVD in small segments shows you how to apply each tool to your own writing. Chapter menus make it easy to focus on any of the writing tools.


Customer Reviews

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to write right July 5, 2008
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked for learning disabled child August 2, 2012
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad idea January 27, 2012
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for Seller n Video February 9, 2013
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok February 15, 2014
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I ordered it for my 4th grader but he got too bored watching it. I think it is a good material but for younger kids.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good. January 19, 2014
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This DVD carefully and slowly explains the elements of writing. It is engaging the the children is pedagogicly well done.
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