Friday, March 11, 2011

Check It Out: Grammar Tips for Students

Grammar Tips for Students is a DVD series that goes over the rules of English grammar. There are eight separate discs that discuss different aspects of grammar. Instead of playing like a traditional DVD (straight through) you choose what chapters you want to watch. This way you can pick and choose which lessons are ones your child/student needs to watch instead of advancing through chapters or making them sit through all segments. Each segment is between 2 and 4 minutes long and covers a specific grammar lesson.

For example in the DVD Using Capitalization & Punctuation, there were chapters about "Capitalizing Proper Nouns and Proper Adjectives" and "Using Colons." These segments gave easy to understand examples of what proper nouns and proper adjectives are (Even I learned about proper adjectives. Did you know they're formed from proper nouns? Proper nouns can also function as proper adjectives--pretty cool!) as well as colons. The hosts (a boy and girl, roughly 17-20 years old) cheerfully explain what each item is and how you can use it.

The DVDs say that the series is for grades 5-12 and it definitely is. The hosts explain things in detail, but they move quickly through each item. While I liked that they were able to succinctly explain information in under 4 minutes, it moves too fast for younger viewers. If any parents are looking for a refresher to better their proofreading skills for school papers this is the set to check out. I know I'll be checking them out for myself!

You can find these DVDs in our Nonfiction DVD section. Click on the titles below to see more information about the item in the library catalog. Feel free to stop by the desk for other recommendations as well.

Using Verbs
Using Nouns and Pronouns
Using End Marks and Commas
Using Clauses and Phrases
Using Capitalization and Punctuation
Using Adjectives, Adverbs, and other Modifiers
Sentence Structure
Common Usage Errors

Check It Out blog posts take a look at DVDs in the Youth Services collection that you might not know about. Look for more Check It Out segments in the future.

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