Adjectives
Learn how helpful, descriptive adjectives tell us more about plain old nouns!
Adverbs
They beautifully describe verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, nouns, and even whole sentences!
Agatha Christie
It’s no mystery why she’s the best-selling novelist of all time.
Anne Frank
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.
Biography
Discover what makes a biography, and learn the source of memoirs--the writer’s life!
Blogs
I audioblog, you videoblog, we all kinds of blog for weblogs! But how to practice good digital citizenship?
Book Report
Plot, character, theme: Learn the ins and outs of writing a great book report.
Business Letter
Tim and Moby send salutations and talk about how to write and structure a business correspondence.
Capitalization
Big letters, small letters: Knowing when to use them makes for proper grammar!
Charles Dickens
Don’t say “Bah, Humbug”! Dickens survived childhood poverty to become one of the greatest novelists ever.
Citing Sources
How many sources can you cite? Plenty, once Tim and Moby teach you how to write a good bibliography!
Clauses
Independent or dependent, nouns or adjectives, Tim and Moby know how clauses make sentences work.
Colons
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!
Concept Mapping
Learn how to use concept maps to navigate your knowledge!
Conjunctions
Either conjunctions are important for coordinating phrases, or they’re not! (Hint: They are.)
Context Clues
Learn to figure out unfamiliar words!
Contractions
What’s a contraction and how’s one made? Tim and Moby help you use an apostrophe to combine words.
Copyright
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.
Critical Reasoning
Not all arguments are created equal--learn how to spot the good ones and reject the bad ones!
Debate
For effective arguments, the power of rhetoric is not open to debate!
Diagramming Sentences
Learn how to diagram all the parts of a sentence, from adjective to verb! But what on earth is a predicate?
Dialogue
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!
Drama
“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!
Etymology
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?
Five-Paragraph Essay
Learn about intros, conclusions, and what should go in each paragraph of a short essay.
Frankenstein
Meet the gothic monster of all monsters—and the woman who gave Frankenstein life!
Getting Help
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.
Homer
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!
Imagination
Memories, dreams, creativity, perceptions—All part of the world inside your head.
Interjections
Oh Boy! The exciting part of Grammar! Interjections!
Internet Search
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!
Jack London
Tim and Moby follow the tracks of Jack London; sailor, adventurer, politician and famous author.
Judy Blume
Meet the writer behind "Superfudge" and "Blubber," and learn of her struggle against censorship.
Kurt Vonnegut
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!
Main Idea
Wait, what was that all about? Get to the gist of it, and learn how to find the main idea!
Mark Twain
Tim and Moby introduce you to the great American writer and satirist, Mark Twain.
Maya Angelou
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!
Note-Taking Skills
Taking notes helps you learn while you listen!
Nouns
They’re plural, they’re proper, and good luck speaking without them! Tim and Moby talk nouns.
Online Sources
Whether in a chatroom or emailing, you need to know how to identify the reliable and the untrustworthy online sources!
Outlines
Tim and Moby show you how to research and organize your thoughts on a topic before you write!
Pablo Neruda
Meet the famous Chilean poet, statesman, and political activist.
Parallel Structure
Use the simple rhetorical technique of parallelism to make your writing stronger and more persuasive!
Paraphrasing
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.
Personal Pronouns
Find out how personal pronouns refer to their antecedents.
Plagiarism
Don’t steal words: Learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it!
Poetry
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.
Possessives
Hey--that’s mine! Discover the grammar of ownership by using apostrophes, possessive nouns, and pronouns.
Prepositional Phrases
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!
Public Speaking
Don’t be scared, be prepared! Tim and Moby’s tips for delivering a successful report or speech.
Punctuation
Punctuation’s function? It helps us understand who’s talking about what!
Reading Skills
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.
Research
Learn how to find secondary and primary sources of information for a research paper.
Roald Dahl
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!
Run-On Sentences
Whoa, Partner! Where’re you going with that sentence? How to contain run on sentences.
Semicolons
Nope, semicolons don’t help you digest your dinner. Tim and Moby introduce you to a strange and useful punctuation mark!
Sentence Fragments
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.
Strengthening Sentences
Don’t be passive: Put some muscle in your modifiers and volume in your vocabulary! Learn how to keep your readers interested.
Stress
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!
Subject-Verb Agreement
See how a subject's number affects the verb that agrees with it. It’s so nice when verbs agree!
Tenses
Learn how to describe the past, present, and future. It’s all about conjugation, baby!
Test Preparation
There’s a big difference between cramming and preparing: Learn how to take a test!
Test-Taking Skills
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.
William Shakespeare
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.
Writing Process
The main idea of this movie is learning how to organize, proofread, and publish your writing!