Who is it for?
- Writing DVD is for grades 3-12
- Grammar CD & Book is for grades 3 & up. Covers nouns, pronouns, and verbs (linking verbs, past, present, and future tenses)
- Writing Strategies DVD
- Support website includes free printable resources
- Grammar CD & Book
“I just wanted to let you know that I checked your video out for Writing Strategies and at the age of 54, I got some really light bulb moments. I loved it and cannot wait to share with my grandchildren. I absolutely love how it is set up but how it was easy to follow. Loved Loved Loved it. ” – Denise W.
“The writing tools revealed through the story by Marko are helpful for any writer, and he shows HOW to use each tool introduced throughout the writing process. I think this DVD is an effective learning tool for parents and teachers who are instructing students on how to write properly. There is also a section on proofreading, which is essential in writing. The main menu is organized and easy to select the portion of the DVD you wish to view.” - Kelly M.
“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.” - John S., parent
"I never really knew how to use voice in my stories, but now I finally know what it is. I never understood what my teacher wanted me to do when she said to put feeling into my stories. Now I do." - Caleb L. Age 10
“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.” – Parents’ Choice Award
“Marko the Pencil, sporting a bow tie and a French accent, offers encouragement and selects tools to help her sharpen writing skills. In each instance, he explains the tool, gives an example of how it works, and then asks the student 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