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Writing Strategies

Captivate readers, ace writing tests, and express yourself clearly-Marko the Pencil will show you how. His Writer's Toolbox, packed with easy-to-implement strategies, will take your writing from mediocre to magnificent. Stories, essays, term papers, or standardized tests-whatever you write, Marko gives you proven strategies for getting remarkable results. This is the fun way to sharpen your writing skills.
Grades 4 & up
Total running time: Approx. 70 minutes
Format: DVD

  • Writing Strategies includes:
  • Marko's Song
  • Brainstorming Your Topic and Getting Started
  • The Arranger
  • The Hook
  • Transitional Cake
  • Colorful Words and Expressing Feelings
  • Personification
  • Dialogue
  • Similes
  • Onomatopoeia
  • More Practice Applying Marko's Writing Tools
  • Alliteration
  • Detecting Unclear Pronouns
  • How to Make A Lasting Impression
  • The Finished Story
  • Review of Marko's Writing Tools
  • How to Proofread for Careless Errors
  • How to Score Well on a Multiple-Choice Writing Test
  • Marko's Posters for Becoming an Outstanding Writer

Marko the Pencil, sporting a bow tie and a French accent, offers encouragement and selects tools to help her sharpen her writing skills. In each instance, he explains the tool, gives an example of how it works, and then asks the girl to try to incorporate it in her story. Marko explains brainstorming, identifying the audience, finding a hook, and organizing ideas. He suggests using language rich with dialogue, colorful words, similes, onomatopoeia, and ending with a lasting impression. The first part of the program deals with writing content, and the second segment covers proofreading by using writing samples and a multiple choice format to find mistakes. This is the perfect vehicle to teach the thought process involved in successful writing, and it does it with pizzazz. -Review from the School Library Journal by Marilyn Hersh, Hillside Elementary School, Farmington Hills in Michigan July 2008

The DVD had excellent wrting 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. -John S., parent

$ 25.00