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BrainPOP > English
Learn how helpful, descriptive adjectives tell us more about plain old nouns!
They beautifully describe verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, nouns, and even whole sentences!
It’s no mystery why she’s the best-selling novelist of all time.
Why is Anne’s diary about a Jewish girl during WWII such an important book? Find out!
Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms
What’ll you have on your bagel—lox or locks? Tim and Moby will teach you about grammar, pronunciation, and how words relate!
Back to School
When summer’s over and it's time to hit the books, Tim and Moby’s helpful tips can make the transition a little easier.
Discover what makes a biography, and learn the source of memoirs--the writer’s life!
I audioblog, you videoblog, we all kinds of blog for weblogs! But how to practice good digital citizenship?
Plot, character, theme: Learn the ins and outs of writing a great book report.
Tim and Moby send salutations and talk about how to write and structure a business correspondence.
Big letters, small letters: Knowing when to use them makes for proper grammar!
Don’t say “Bah, Humbug”! Dickens survived childhood poverty to become one of the greatest novelists ever.
How many sources can you cite? Plenty, once Tim and Moby teach you how to write a good bibliography!
Independent or dependent, nouns or adjectives, Tim and Moby know how clauses make sentences work.
Tim and Moby on how these two little dots are so useful: You'll see them as salutations, as independent clauses, and as indicators of a related sentence to come. You'll even see them on your digital clock!
Learn how to use concept maps to navigate your knowledge!
Either conjunctions are important for coordinating phrases, or they’re not! (Hint: They are.)
Learn to figure out unfamiliar words!
What’s a contraction and how’s one made? Tim and Moby help you use an apostrophe to combine words.
Don’t get too creative with public works, or you’ll get sued for plagiarism! Find out what a copyright is and how it might apply to your everyday life.
Not all arguments are created equal--learn how to spot the good ones and reject the bad ones!
For effective arguments, the power of rhetoric is not open to debate!
Learn how to diagram all the parts of a sentence, from adjective to verb! But what on earth is a predicate?
How to recognize and write dialogue in novels, screenplays, and scripts.
Dictionary and Thesaurus
Tim and Moby teach you to look up and learn more about words and their meanings!
“Exit, pursued by a bear!” Learn about drama through the ages—comedy to tragedy, and ancient Greece through Shakespeare.
Edgar Allan Poe
Calm your tell-tale heart: This movie about macabre author Edgar Allan Poe isn’t nearly as frightening as his tales!
Tim and Moby talk you through the study of words—their origins, meanings, and how wars change language!
Fact and Opinion
Figure out the difference between what’s true, what’s not true, and when bias presents opinion as truth. Tim asks: Can you prove it? Well, can you?
Learn about intros, conclusions, and what should go in each paragraph of a short essay.
Meet the gothic monster of all monsters—and the woman who gave Frankenstein life!
Sometimes all you need to do is ask. Tim and Moby tutor you in how to know--and where to go--when you need help.
Grab your toga and get ready for some epic tales of the ancient cultures of Greece and Troy.
Hyphens and Dashes
There are times—Tim is always telling Moby this—when you need to know the difference between hyphens and dashes!
Idioms and Clichés
Every village needs an idiom. But using cliches makes for lazy writing!
Memories, dreams, creativity, perceptions—All part of the world inside your head.
Oh Boy! The exciting part of Grammar! Interjections!
Search me? Search you! Tim and Moby know how to research anything online!
J. R. R. Tolkien
Take a trip to Middle-earth with Tim and Moby, and learn about fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien!
Tim and Moby follow the tracks of Jack London; sailor, adventurer, politician and famous author.
Meet the writer behind "Superfudge" and "Blubber," and learn of her struggle against censorship.
Tim and Moby talk foma, wampeters, and granfalloons in our movie on author Kurt Vonnegut!
Lord of the Flies
Tim and Moby introduce you to William Golding's great novel about lost children and the island society they create!
Wait, what was that all about? Get to the gist of it, and learn how to find the main idea!
Tim and Moby introduce you to the great American writer and satirist, Mark Twain.
Explore the inspiring life and literature of this Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, poet, and dancer!
Mood and Tone
Find out how mood and tone affect the style of a piece of writing!
Taking notes helps you learn while you listen!
They’re plural, they’re proper, and good luck speaking without them! Tim and Moby talk nouns.
Whether in a chatroom or emailing, you need to know how to identify the reliable and the untrustworthy online sources!
Tim and Moby show you how to research and organize your thoughts on a topic before you write!
Meet the famous Chilean poet, statesman, and political activist.
Use the simple rhetorical technique of parallelism to make your writing stronger and more persuasive!
Learn how to use quotes or or when to summarize to paraphrase, not plagiarize!
Parts of Speech
An explanation of the basic parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.
Find out how personal pronouns refer to their antecedents.
Don’t steal words: Learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it!
Tim and Moby get all poetic on you! The rhyme, rhythm and verse of one of the oldest literary forms.
Point of View
In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby give you perspective on point-of-view in writing.
Hey--that’s mine! Discover the grammar of ownership by using apostrophes, possessive nouns, and pronouns.
Learn what a preposition is and how to identify prepositional phrases.
Prewriting: Choosing a Topic
Learn some prewriting strategies that will help you to generate ideas and find a topic that gets you going!
Prewriting: Organizing Your Thoughts
Save time by organizing your thoughts and mapping out your writing!
Don’t be scared, be prepared! Tim and Moby’s tips for delivering a successful report or speech.
Punctuation’s function? It helps us understand who’s talking about what!
Tim and Moby tell you how to up your reading skills: Prepare, preview, skim, jot notes and make a movie in your head!
Reading a Newspaper
It’s one of the best ways to stay informed: Find your way around a newspaper, from byline to headline, sports to culture.
Learn how to find secondary and primary sources of information for a research paper.
Meet the writer who brought you James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other timeless adventures!
Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes
Expand your vocabulary with prefixes, suffixes, and root words!
Whoa, Partner! Where’re you going with that sentence? How to contain run on sentences.
Nope, semicolons don’t help you digest your dinner. Tim and Moby introduce you to a strange and useful punctuation mark!
Do your sentences have all their parts? Tim and Moby predicate this movie on the fact that there are clauses other than Santa!
Show, Not Tell
See how writers can make narration come to life using vivid descriptions!
Similes and Metaphors
There’s no comparison to this movie on how these simple poetic devices can improve your writing.
Don’t be passive: Put some muscle in your modifiers and volume in your vocabulary! Learn how to keep your readers interested.
Learn how your mind and body respond to nervousness and anxiety, and what you can do to relax those jitters.
Subject and Predicate
Ah, Subject and Predicate: Working together to bring you sentences since the earliest days of the English language!
See how a subject's number affects the verb that agrees with it. It’s so nice when verbs agree!
Learn how to describe the past, present, and future. It’s all about conjugation, baby!
There’s a big difference between cramming and preparing: Learn how to take a test!
Multiple-choice, standardized, quiz or exam? Other than study hard, how can you do best on a test?
They're, Their, and There
What’s wrong with there word choice? A whole lot! Learn the difference between the contraction, the adverb, and the possessive pronoun.
Types of Sentences
An explanation of declarative, imperative, interrogatory, and exclamatory sentences. Watch this! OK?
Types of Writing
From persuasive to narrative, and journalism to fiction—there are many types of writing, but which to use when?
Verbs and their Objects
Take action! Learn how to identify and use verbs, direct objects, and indirect objects.
He could do comedies, tragedies, histories and poetry. Learn about the greatest playwright in the history of the English language!
Writing In Sequence
Writing’s easy once you learn about sequence! Tim and Moby give you directions on using timelines to create order from beginning to end.
The main idea of this movie is learning how to organize, proofread, and publish your writing!
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