[b]Standard Deviants - English Composition: Learn Writing Basics[/b] VOB | mpeg2video 7016kbps | English | 720x480 | 29.97fps | 1 hour | ac3 stereo 192kbps | 4.10 GB [i]Genre: Elearning[/i][/center] Writing Basics is a great DVD for anyone - students and non-students alike - who wants to write a terrific paper or polish his or her writing skills. This DVD will teach you everything from how to state and support a position, to collecting supporting information and writing a thesis statement. The Standard Deviants will help you become a better writer in no time! As with other Standard Deviants videos, this one begins with the warning that English Composition is meant to be used in conjunction with a class, not as a replacement. Well, for once, ignore them. Sure, nothing can replace an English comp class, and everyone should take one, but this video is probably the most valuable one you could watch before beginning your high school or college career. In fact, even for those in the real world, English Composition can help you brush up on your writing skills. Whether you need to write a lab report, a critical review, or a case study or summarize professional articles, this video gives you the know-how to write an effective paper from brainstorming through revision.
Nathan is your typical college freshman. Through confessional-style interviews, we learn of his traumas and achievements writing his first university assignment. From the moment his teacher gives him his assignment, we watch Nathan as he churns out and rejects a number of ideas. We share his satisfaction when he narrows his choices down. We share his pain at his not-great critique. We share his joy at his final rewrite. Okay, so maybe we're getting a little carried away but using Nathan, humorous skits (including a genie who grants wishes), and clever graphics, the Standard Deviants cover characteristics of academic prose, getting started, collecting information, outlining, rough drafts, feedback, and lots of revision in a jocular way. Included with the tape is an insert that shows not only Nathan's assignment but the three versions of his paper, which incorporate the changes he's made.
Designed for anyone who ever thought writing lessons were lacking in comedy sketches and puppets, this program is another entry in the acclaimed educational series Standard Deviants. With the intention of putting viewers on the right track toward crafting an effective written composition, Standard Deviants: Writing Basics covers such topics as outlining, thesis statements, and transitional sentences.