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Ba-Da-Bing: Creating Essay Writers with Gretchen DVD-ROM – September 1, 2010
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DVD-ROM, September 1, 2010
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Gretchen s best-selling books include Why We Must Run with Scissors (with Barry Lane), Reviving the Essay, The Good Writer s Guide, and Sparklers: High Scoring Essays and What They Teach Us.
She teaches full time in San Antonio, Texas and is nationally known for her creative approaches to teaching the test essay. Her remarkable lessons teach students to excel on writing tests with their personal voices in tact. Ba-Da-Bing is her first video.
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Definitely a home made video but with good editing. There is a part where Gretchen is talking while she's driving in her car and because the camera they used seems to be the type you use to make home movies, you can hear the background wind noise.
As for the forms, it says that there are over 100 but it does not feel that way. I think it's because they provide the same forms in various formats, i.e. PDF, MSWord, PowerPoint, KeyNote, JPG, etc... I'll go back and count later how many forms there were. Honestly, I feel like it was no more than 10 or 15 of which a few of those you could get from her website for free. Suggestion: before watching DVD, print out the papers as there are points throughout where a bubble pops up "refer to worksheet this or that"
Still, with all of that, I would recommend the purchase of this DVD. It did provide insight as to how she says things and how it is taught. There are points where it is entertaining. More importantly, you can see where she's coming from. She makes it look so easy and not scary...those things you can't get from a book. From watching her, you can find it easy to emulate.
Although, if you're strapped for cash and need to decide to get one or the other...get the book.