Casey and Chris have a homework assignment that has left them baffled, befuddled and bewilder. Their assignment is to find two Fiction books and two Non-Fiction books at home. The problem is they don’t know the difference between Fiction and Non-Fiction. Charley Chapters comes to their rescue. He starts by defining Fiction and Non-Fiction. He reads them a few samples from both books. The fun begins when Chris, Casey and charley come up with some creative examples to demonstrate the difference between Fiction and Non-Fiction.
To capitalize or not to capitalize that is the question. Josh and Sadie feel like they are spinning their wheels as they try to understand capitalization. They are totally confused! This is a job for Captain Capital! Join him as he explains the many rules of capitalization.
Charley Chapters and his friends come to the rescue again when the question about adjectives comes up. What are they? What do they do? Adjectives help readers and listeners form better pictures in their minds. Adjectives help us see the story in our heads. As students use adjectives to describe nouns they will see their stories blossom into full color.
Charley Chapters introduces us to the aristocratic Sir Look-It-Up, a precise fellow who helps us to discover how to use and make use of the dictionary. Sir Look-It-Up guides his spunky assistant, Rosie, through the look-it-up process. Instruction includes use of guide words, entry words, and pronunciations. Specific examples are provided to help students uncover the many marvels found in the dictionary.
Nathaniel has a tough assignment. He is supposed to write down all of the rules on how to behave in the library and why it is important to follow each rule. With the help of his good friend Emily, Charley Chapters and the library media specialist Ms. Bookley, Nathaniel tackles his assignment with enthusiasm. By the end of the program Nathaniel and Emily understand the reason why each rule is important. They discover that when you follow the rules you help make the library more enjoyable for everyone. Some of the rules covered in this program are: Use your quiet inside voice, make sure you have clean hands, Take care of all library materials, Walk don’t run, Clean up after yourself, Check out books before leaving, Return books on time and Be considerate of others.
Root words, prefixes and suffixes can be confusing to young spellers. Charley Chapters and his friends show students how to look for the root word in a complex word. They guide students toward a better understanding of prefixes and suffixes and how they change the definition of the word.
Charley Chapters and his friends come to the rescue again. This time the students are struggling with how to spell a word that includes a suffix. All the major rule changes are explained. Each rule change is explained in a simple way that makes it easier for the kids to understand.
Tired of the same old stories, told in the same old way, WITH THE SAME OLD WORDS? The purpose of this program is to introduce students to a valuable writing assistant, the thesaurus, which includes synonyms and antonyms. A personal tour guide, Thaddeus thesaurus, will help students to understand what synonyms and antonyms are and he will provide lively examples of each form. Students will also learn about the thesaurus and how this valuable resource can be used to expand one’s vocabulary and writing.
Charley Chapters and his know-it all assistant, Nose Knows, tackle the mixed up world of homophones, homographs, and homonyms. These bookish buddies define each category and provide several examples to help students distinguish between these confusing case studies.
Charley Chapters and his writing assistants, Quick-As-A-Hiccup and Penny Pencil, investigate similes and demonstrate how using comparisons can improve the quality of any story or description. Thanks to Charley’s crew, Michelle, a young author, adds to her writer’s palette, painting pictures with words, enhancing her descriptive paragraph.
The Sharp Wits have to solve the word analogy problem left by “The Amazing Admiral of Analogies.” What is an analogy? Why do we use them and why are they important? There is a surprise for The Wits if they solve this mystery. The Wits will need to figure out 7 different analogies in order to find their surprise.
After reading Tracks’ report the Sharp Wits are ready to go have some fun but Tracks informs them that she is still not finished with her report. She needs to do a bibliography. Join the Sharp Wits as they learn how to properly list the information that goes into a bibliography and why a bibliography is important.
With great gusto the Sharp Wits tackle the differences between biography, autobiography and collective biography. They realize how important it is to do a thorough investigation into the life of the person about whom they are writing. The Sharp Wits also discover that they should be objective in their writing. To write a well-balance story, they need to include both the positive and the negative. The challenge is to write it in an interesting way.
The Sharp Wits find themselves in the middle of another mystery. What happened to the ending of Gator’s story? Join them in this adventure as they search for the missing ending. It is a humorous tale for sure. A long the way they discover the difference between the fiction genres: mystery, adventure and humor.
The actions of a Marshmallow-Eating Monster spark the Sharp Wits to examine the mystery of paragraph writing. Each Sharp Wit takes on the challenge of writing an expository, descriptive, or narrative paragraph about their adventure. They discover how exciting their story becomes when they use the three different types of paragraphs. Though persuasive writing is defined, this video primarily examines the narrative, descriptive and expository genres.
Gator’s assignment is to write sentences using two or more spelling words per sentence, but he’s not allowed to start any sentence with the words “the”, “a” or “an”. Working together they review the basic parts of a sentence and discover how to correct three common errors in sentence writing: sentence fragments, run-on sentences and rambling sentences.
The Sharp Wits discover why poetry looks and sounds different and why people choose to communicate their thoughts and feelings through poetry. This program also emphasizes the importance of following the steps in the writing process when creating a poem. Writing poetry is fun and rewarding.
Gator has an interesting homework assignment. His teacher wants him to create a character that he will use later in a story. With the help of his fellow Sharp Wits he realizes that the more you let your reader know about a character the more involved the reader will become in the story.
The Sharp Wits just learned about different forms of poetry in school. All four are now going to write about the same experience but each is going to use a different form of poetry. The results are very creative. With enthusiasm they share their poems with one another.
The Sharp Wits never knew that there were so many different genres of fiction. How can you tell the difference? Their search for the answer takes them to the past, present and future. Join them as they try to unscramble the difference between realistic, historical and science fiction.
The Sharp Wits are always busy solving problems that real-life students face on a daily basis. In this video, Snooper has to do a research paper for school. Though initially bewildered, Snooper (with a little help from her allergy-plagued friend, Sherlock) discovers the perfect topic for her report. Join in, as Snooper discovers how to organize and write a research paper.