The Standard Deviants - English Punctuation, Part 1

9781581983173: The Standard Deviants - English Punctuation, Part 1
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The Standard Deviants' modern approach to learning and understanding makes difficult subjects accessible and even enjoyable. Recommended by over 500 educators and professors, the Standard Deviants DVD is the ultimate way to relax and learn. Our unique approach to education helps you learn in a way that is different from anything you've ever experienced. The Standard Deviants DVD combines award-winning educational content with cutting-edge technology. With enhanced flexibility and interactive tests and quizzes, the Standard Deviants DVD gives you immediate feedback while providing you with the ability to design your own program and learn at your own pace.

When you're turning in a writing assignment, do you feel like you're offering it up to some horrible monster obsessed with which squiggly goes where? Well fear no longer. Welcome to The Untamed World of English Punctuation, Part 1, part of the Standard Deviants educational video line. Let the Deviants help you conquer the comma, practice the period, and defeat the dash by taking you step-by-step through the rules governing these marks and many more.
Includes such topics as: periods, question marks, exclamation points, commas, semicolons, colons, dashes, abbreviations, end punctuation, sarcasm and irony, interrupting expressions, interjections, prepositional phrases

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The rules of punctuation may not seem enjoyable or entertaining, but the Standard Deviants can at least help out in making the rules memorable with a cast of enthusiastic young performers who specialize in lighthearted but academically sound treatments of serious subjects. In The Untamed Worlds of English Punctuation, the troupe dons costumes (such as the uniform of a traffic cop) and hams it up while presenting lessons that begin by answering the basic question "What is punctuation?" The major "end marks" are then covered in a series of lessons that focus on the rules for employing periods, questions marks, and exclamation points. The uses of commas, semicolons, and colons are covered in a similarly lively manner, with useful tips, such as the "Furthermore Rule" to test the suitability of a semicolon. Following each set of lessons is a quiz which the student can take or skip, and the "Exclamation Exam," a comprehensive test covering all the material on the DVD, can be taken at the finish. There's only so much that can be done to make punctuation exciting, but the Standard Deviants do offer a multitude of offbeat examples. And fear not, the material included has all been approved by a serious academic panel. --Robert J. McNamara

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