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The Standard Deviants - English Grammar, Parts 1 & 2 Boxed Set

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VHS
Rated: NR


Edition Details:
NTSC format (US and Canada only)
 Color, NTSC
 Number of tapes: 2
 ASIN: 1581980965

Other Formats:  DVD

Editorial Reviews
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English grammar is serious stuff, and there's only so much that can be done to make it entertaining. But the Standard Deviants, an energetic troupe of young performers whose specialty is making serious academic subjects engaging, happily dive into what they call "The Split-Infinitive World of English Grammar." The lessons on this DVD have been prepared by a panel of serious academics, but flashy graphics abound. And the performers do their best to liven up presentations of basic concepts. Nouns, verbs, adjectives, and other parts of speech are explained with some offbeat examples (for instance, a film of a lizard is used to demonstrate why "gecko" is a common noun). While introducing a section on verbals, a young woman mentions that a "funky thing" verbs can do is function as other parts of speech. Eventually all parts of speech are covered, and basic sentence structures are introduced. At the end of each set of lessons a quiz is presented, which a student can either take or skip. After proceeding through all the lessons on this DVD (which contains about two hours worth of material), a student can take the "Gram Slam," a comprehensive exam. English grammar will never be a barrel of fun, but the Standard Deviants deserve credit for making this review course as engaging as the subject is ever likely to get. --Robert J. McNamara --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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Standard Deviants TV: English Grammar (2000)

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VHS
Rated: NR
Starring: Standard Deviants TV, et al.
Edition Details:
NTSC format (US and Canada only)
 Color, NTSC
 ASIN: 1886156948

Editorial Reviews
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This 26-minute overview of American English grammar is brought to you by the same folks who produce and deliver the longer, nontelevised Standard Deviants video lessons. That means the same humor, racehorse pace, and onscreen graphics but in about a third of the time. The cast of actors defines grammar and then dives right into the various parts of speech, defining each, outlining rules, and following up with illustrations of use. No one is above a little buffoonery (head-bonking, yodeling) to make a point, and skits and comical use of old black-and-white footage are par for the course. Meanwhile, students learn to differentiate between four kinds of nouns, two kinds of pronouns, and adverbs vs. adjectives. Throw in prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections and you've got yourself a thorough lesson. It's like having a troupe of fresh-faced, hip young people take over your classroom for a half-hour. --Kimberly Heinrichs

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Schoolhouse Rock! - Grammar Rock (1997)

 

 

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VHS
Rated: NR

Edition Details:
NTSC format (US and Canada only)
 Color, Closed-captioned, Animated, NTSC
Clamshell Packaging
 ASIN: 156949407X

Editorial Reviews
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There are two types of Schoolhouse Rock fans. Type A: those who--inspired in the '70s and '80s by "Conjunction Junction" and "Interjections!"--went on to become grammar gurus, copyeditors, and computational linguists. And type B: those who--less inspired by grammar than by catchy refrains--can still sing lines that today sound less than P.C.:
Though Geraldine played hard to get (uh huh),
Geraldo knew he'd woo her yet.
He showed his affection,
Despite her objection,
And Geraldine hollered some interjections!
(Geraldo, if you'll recall, is a goat.) No matter. Both kinds of fans will enjoy revisiting these Saturday-morning shorts--and hopefully this video will find its way into classrooms, to boot. Clever teachers who grew up on this stuff will know how to make Schoolhouse Rock fans (ideally of type A) out of the next generation, too. --Erik Macki

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