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Rent Playing Shakespeare on DVD Playing Shakespeare
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Legendary director John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company leads these nine workshops filled with some of England's finest actors, who discuss how to interpret Shakespeare for contemporary audiences while remaining faithful to the text.
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John Barton, Judi Dench, Ben Kingsley, Peggy Ashcroft, Ian McKellen, David Suchet, Patrick Stewart
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Special Interest, Shakespeare, English & Language Arts, Theater Arts
Rent Learn Writing Basics on DVD Learn Writing Basics
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Learn or relearn how to write a great paper, or polish your writing skills with this video from The Standard Deviants series. The video explains the parts of a written composition and demonstrates how to state a position and support it with meaningful analysis and referenced information. Topics include searching for key words, collecting and referencing information, writing multiple drafts, and crafting a conclusion.
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Rent English Punctuation: The Standard Deviants on DVD English Punctuation: The Standard Deviants
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Learn to distinguish a colon from a comma, and all the punctuation marks in between from The Standard Deviants series. A lively cast of performers identifies the different punctuation marks and demonstrates how to use each in sentences and paragraphs. Also includes a series of lessons that focus on the rules for employing end marks like periods, questions marks, and exclamation points.
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Special Interest, English & Language Arts, Homework Help, Education & Guidance, Ages 5-7
Rent Standard Deviants: Advanced Spanish on DVD Standard Deviants: Advanced Spanish
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In this installment of the well-regarded Standard Deviants series, students of Spanish can learn all about modal and reflexive verbs, tenses, moods, commands, irregular verbs and subjunctive conjugations. Packed with fun conversations, informative graphics and inventive scenarios that will help you master the concepts, this fun tutorial will have you conjugating like crazy in no time.
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Rent English Grammar: Sentence Structure on DVD English Grammar: Sentence Structure
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Whether you're learning English as a second language or just want to communicate more effectively, this instructional video will help you master proper sentence structure, identify subjects and predicates and correctly use phrases and clauses. Also covered are avoiding the twin traps of run-on sentences and fragments. Short lessons are ideal for studying alone or with a group in preparation for the SAT or other standardized tests.
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Rent Standard Deviants: Titus / Romeo / Hamlet on DVD Standard Deviants: Titus / Romeo / Hamlet
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Focusing on three of William Shakespeare's tragedies -- his first, "Titus Andronicus"; the public's favorite," Romeo and Juliet"; and his most well-known, "Hamlet" -- this video provides a synopsis of each. We learn that the bard had to hone his craft after penning "Titus" and that "Hamlet" explores the philosophy of revenge. What makes Romeo and Juliet tragic figures and what's going on among that play's secondary character?
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Special Interest, English & Language Arts, Education & Guidance, Homework Help, Shakespeare
Rent Rocketbook: The Great Gatsby on DVD Rocketbook: The Great Gatsby
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Discover F. Scott Fitzgerald's symbolism-infused Jazz Age classic with this guide to <i>The Great Gatsby</i>. Using a combination of text and imagery, Rocketbooks serve as a study companion for students at junior high school level and above. Engaging quizzes and in-depth analysis reinforce comprehension of the novel about the idealistic Nick Carraway, who becomes captivated by the gregarious Jay Gatsby and his Roaring '20s lifestyle.
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Special Interest, Homework Help, English & Language Arts
Rent English Punctuation 2 on DVD English Punctuation 2
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Punctuation is often regarded as unimportant, but in fact, it holds great value in every single sentence. This sequel to the original English Punctuation provides an in-depth look at some of the more problematic types of punctuation, including the frequently misunderstood hyphen and apostrophe. Also featured are the correct uses for parentheses, brackets, slashes, ellipses, contractions and more.
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Rent English Grammar: Spelling on DVD English Grammar: Spelling
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Using easy-to-follow visual aids and simple practice exercises, this entry from the multipart English Grammar series teaches viewers the rules of spelling (and how to recognize exceptions) as well as the principles of proper capitalization. Whether you're new to English or you're just looking to brush up on your language skills, this effective instructional program is the one for you.
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Special Interest, Homework Help, English & Language Arts
Rent The Best of the National Spelling Bee on DVD The Best of the National Spelling Bee
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Relive the human drama and enthralling emotions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Every year, talented young people from around the nation get an opportunity to demonstrate their prodigious spelling abilities at the prestigious educational event. This video features highlights from past competitions dating back to 1999, including many mind-bogglingly difficult words. The 2006 final word? Ursprache, a reconstructed parent language.
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Documentary, English & Language Arts, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent English Grammar: Parts of Speech on DVD English Grammar: Parts of Speech
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Emphasizing the varying roles of nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions and more, this instructional program uses everyday examples and exercises to help students build a proper foundation for writing and speaking English. From recognizing parts of speech to connecting thoughts with prepositions and conjunctions, the series covers all the basics needed to learn how to construct grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs.
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Rent ESL Grammar: Verbs on DVD ESL Grammar: Verbs
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Using easy-to-follow visual aids and simple practice exercises, this entry in the multipart ESL Grammar series includes lessons on the six essential verb tenses, the tenses of irregular verbs and the proper usage of the subjunctive mood. Designed for students from middle school to adult level, this informative series is geared toward people who are learning English as a second language.
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Rent Siddhartha on DVD Siddhartha
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Harish Bhimani delivers a vivid, dramatized reading of Hermann Hesse's classic novel, which follows the story of a young Hindu prince, Siddhartha, who abandons his life of luxury in order to seek the meaning of existence and spiritual enlightenment. This program displays the novel's text on screen so viewers can read along with the narration, and colorful illustrations add another dimension to the story.
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Harish Bhimani
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Special Interest, English & Language Arts, Performance Art & Spoken Word, Homework Help
Rent English Grammar: Sentence Complements on DVD English Grammar: Sentence Complements
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This installment in the popular educational series helps students learning English as a second language master the tricky art of using sentence complements -- words that describe or modify the subject of a sentence. Topics covered in this volume include understanding the difference between direct and indirect objects, distinguishing between transitive and intransitive verbs, and correctly using linking verbs with a complement to complete a thought.
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Rent English Grammar: Agreement on DVD English Grammar: Agreement
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With this entry from the popular English Grammar instructional series, students learn proper word agreement as it pertains to subject-verb, pronoun-antecedent, gender, numbers and indefinite pronouns. Perfect for preparing for verbal standardized exams and designed for both classroom use and self-study, the informative series demystifies the complex rules and exceptions that are part and parcel to English grammar.
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Rent Getting Ahead: Reading & Writing on DVD Getting Ahead: Reading & Writing
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How better to introduce children to reading than by bringing beloved storybooks to life? That's the approach this four-disc Getting Ahead series takes. The program uses live-action footage and animation to enhance letter and word comprehension and spelling skills, encouraging youngsters to read and write creatively. Teachers have long relied on these instructional films; now, families can watch them in their own homes year-round.
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Children & Family, Education & Guidance, Ages 5-7, Ages 8-10, Homework Help, English & Language Arts
Rent ESL Grammar: Pronouns on DVD ESL Grammar: Pronouns
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If you're confusing "who" with "whom" and "its" with "it's," you're definitely not alone. That's why this instructional series designed for ESL speakers could also help those of us who cite English as our first language. In this installment, pronouns take center stage. Students will learn how to select the proper pronouns for a variety of scenarios, as well as how to decide whether they should be in the subject, personal or possessive form.
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Rent English Grammar: Modifiers on DVD English Grammar: Modifiers
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This instructive video is designed to help those learning English as a second language (or English speakers looking to brush up on their skills) to communicate more precisely by harnessing the descriptive power of adverbs and adjectives. This lesson focuses on helping students avoid common mistakes such as using misplaced or dangling modifiers, and also emphasizes the proper use of superlatives.
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Special Interest, Homework Help, English & Language Arts
Rent ESL Grammar: Parallel Structure on DVD ESL Grammar: Parallel Structure
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This program helps students learning English as a second language understand the role of parallel structure, including how to properly use gerunds, infinitives and verbs in tandem with structure to effectively link related ideas. Other topics covered in this volume include identifying and correcting awkward errors in sentence structure, the appropriate use of ellipses and other key concepts in English grammar.
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Special Interest, Homework Help, English & Language Arts
Rent Robinson Crusoe on DVD Robinson Crusoe
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After witnessing all his shipmates drown at sea, Robinson Crusoe survives by reaching the safety of a remote tropical island. Follow the amazing adventures of this castaway as he builds a new life for himself and encounters unexpected visitors. Daniel Defoe's classic tale of survival is told through the splendid narration of Dick Hill and the wonderful illustrations of Frank Godwin, Walter Paget and N.C. Wyeth.
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Dick Hill
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Special Interest, English & Language Arts, Homework Help
Rent Rocketbook: Beowulf on DVD Rocketbook: Beowulf
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Delve into an epic adventure of Old English literature with this guide to <i>Beowulf</i>. Using a combination of text and imagery, Rocketbooks serve as a study companion for students at junior high school level and above. Engaging quizzes and in-depth analysis reinforce comprehension of the ancient saga of the courageous warrior whose quest to destroy the monster Grendel will make him a hero.
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Steve Emerson
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Special Interest, Homework Help, English & Language Arts
Rent Great Women Writers: The Bronte Sisters on DVD Great Women Writers: The Bronte Sisters
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This installment of the Great Women Writers series celebrates the collective talent of the Bronte sisters by reciting passages from their works, including <i>Wuthering Heights</i>, <i>Jane Eyre</i> and <i>Agnes Grey</i>. Working together, the sisters -- Charlotte (1816-1855), Emily (1818-1848) and Anne (1820-1849) -- managed to produce novels that would become enduring classics of English literature. Yet none of them lived to see the age of 40.
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, English & Language Arts
Rent Great American Authors Since 1650 on DVD Great American Authors Since 1650
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Actress Jane Kaczmarek hosts this comprehensive history of American fiction from 1650 to the present day, which includes profiles of some of the country's greatest authors. Illuminating the lives of writers such as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Toni Morrison and others, the program examines the way each developed a unique voice that reflects the complex fabric of America.
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Jane Kaczmarek
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Homework Help, English & Language Arts
Rent Rocketbook: Julius Caesar on DVD Rocketbook: Julius Caesar
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Uncover the line between drama and history in this guide to Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." Using a combination of text and imagery, Rocketbooks serve as a study companion for students at junior high school level and above. Engaging quizzes and in-depth analysis reinforce comprehension of the classic play that casts the murderous traitor Brutus as a tragic central figure.
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Rent Rocketbook: The Odyssey on DVD Rocketbook: The Odyssey
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Get an in-depth journey through a cornerstone of Western literature with this guide to Homer's <i>Odyssey</i>. Using a combination of text and imagery, Rocketbook serves as a companion to study for students junior high school level and above. Engaging quizzes and in-depth analysis reinforce comprehension of the epic tale that meshes fact and fantasy, a verse masterpiece that remains the foundation of classical studies.
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Tony Sampson
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Special Interest, Homework Help, English & Language Arts
Rent Rocketbook: The Scarlet Letter on DVD Rocketbook: The Scarlet Letter
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The symbolism of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel is revealed with this guide to <i>The Scarlet Letter</i>. Using a combination of text and imagery, Rocketbooks serve as a study companion for students at junior high school level and above. Engaging quizzes and in-depth analysis reinforce comprehension of the allegory of Hester Prynne, publicly marked for her crime of adultery.
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Special Interest, Homework Help, English & Language Arts
Rent Rocketbook: Pride & Prejudice on DVD Rocketbook: Pride & Prejudice
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Journey into the mores and symbolism of Jane Austen's masterwork in this guide to <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>. Using a combination of text and imagery, Rocketbooks serve as a study companion for students at junior high school level and above. Engaging quizzes and in-depth analysis reinforce comprehension of the classic novel of romance and class in 19th-century Regency England.
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Rent Mastering the Challenge of Reading on DVD Mastering the Challenge of Reading
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Why do some students struggle to learn to read? This collection aims to examine the common problems students face in learning to read and offers suggestions, plans and strategies to combat the dilemma. Dr. Mel Levine leads an informational discussion with participants who have faced these challenges. Parents and teachers will learn helpful exercises to aid struggling students using memory, language, attention and more.
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Mel Levine
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Special Interest, Homework Help, English & Language Arts
Rent Rocketbook: Romeo & Juliet on DVD Rocketbook: Romeo & Juliet
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Explore Shakespeare's drama of forbidden love and warring families with this guide to "Romeo and Juliet." Using a combination of text and imagery, Rocketbooks serve as a study companion for students at junior high school level and above. Engaging quizzes and in-depth analysis reinforce comprehension of the story of star-crossed lovers who defy the clash of their families at their own peril.
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Special Interest, Homework Help, English & Language Arts
Rent The Scarlet Letter on DVD The Scarlet Letter
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One of the masterpieces of 19th-century American fiction, Nathaniel Hawthorne's <i>The Scarlet Letter</I> tells the story of Hester Prynne, a woman who bears both an illegitimate child and the scorn of her puritanical New England neighbors. This unique presentation of the novel features dramatized narration by Pat Bottino, accompanied by on-screen text and illustrations by George Broughton, W.A. Dwiggins, Mary Foote and Joanne Pursell.
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Pat Bottino
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Special Interest, English & Language Arts, Homework Help
Rent Rocketbook: 1984 on DVD Rocketbook: 1984
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Explore the symbolism of George Orwell's futurist vision with this guide to the dystopian novel <i>1984</i>. Using a combination of text and imagery, Rocketbooks serve as a study companion for students at junior high school level and above. Engaging quizzes and in-depth analysis reinforce comprehension of Orwell's masterpiece about Winston Smith, an idealist living in a totalitarian society.
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John Hurt
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Special Interest, Homework Help, English & Language Arts
Rent Rocketbook: Macbeth on DVD Rocketbook: Macbeth
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One of Shakespeare's most indelible tragedies comes to life with this guide to "Macbeth." Using a combination of text and imagery, Rocketbooks serve as a study companion for students at junior high school level and above. Engaging quizzes and in-depth analysis reinforce comprehension of the drama of an ambitious Scottish warrior whose rise and fall are foretold by a trio of witches.
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Rent Rings, Kings and Things on DVD Rings, Kings and Things
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As tutors, the Standard Deviants team is phenomenally inventive, taking complex subjects and turning them into fascinating educational journeys. This volume has them working their magic with myths and legends via skits, musical segments and more. Episodes include "What Is Fantasy?," "Hail to the Heroes," "The Magic Touch," "Magic Objects," "Gee Wiz!," "Fantasy Basics," "Meet the Monsters," "Bring on the Dragons" and "Chillin' with the Villains."
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Rent Getting Thoughts on Paper on DVD Getting Thoughts on Paper
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Designed to help students develop good writing skills, this informational collection breaks down the skills involved in getting thoughts on paper in an organized, creative and fundamentally sound manner. Dr. Mel Levine guides viewers through an overview on writing challenges and helpful strategies. Parents and teachers will learn to aid students via practical exercises involving neuromotor functions, higher order cognition and more.
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Mel Levine
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Rent Rocketbook: The Crucible on DVD Rocketbook: The Crucible
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Uncover the themes of Arthur Miller's chilling drama of 17th-century witch hunts with this guide to "The Crucible." Using a combination of text and imagery, Rocketbooks serve as a study companion for students at junior high school level and above. Engaging quizzes and in-depth analysis reinforce comprehension of Miller's play, a parable depicting disturbing parallels to the zeal of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the Red Scare of the 1950s.
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Rent Becoming the Author of Your Life on DVD Becoming the Author of Your Life
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Through this inspirational presentation, Ben Mikaelsen shares with viewers his path to becoming an author and teaches aspiring writers how to achieve their potential. Geared toward younger audiences ages 9 to 13 and their parents, the instructional video delivers a powerful message of being the author of your own destiny, shaping your life and telling your own story.
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Ben Mikaelsen
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Special Interest, English & Language Arts, Education & Guidance
Rent Rocketbook: Hamlet on DVD Rocketbook: Hamlet
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Uncover the universal message and enduring characters of classic Shakespeare with this guide to "Hamlet." Using a combination of text and imagery, Rocketbooks serve as a study companion for students at junior high school level and above. Engaging quizzes and in-depth analysis reinforce comprehension of the tragedy of the prince of Denmark, the pinnacle of English drama.
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Rent Shakespeare in Words and Music on DVD Shakespeare in Words and Music
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This unique program features recitations of famous selections drawn from the works of William Shakespeare, accompanied by vocal and instrumental musical excerpts inspired by or relating to the Bard's words. Each of six half-hour programs focus on a particular theme, including Shakespeare and Broadway, Shakespeare and opera, the Shakespearean heroine, Shakespeare in love and more.
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Attila Clemann, Jesse Aaron Dwyre, Dawn Ford, Trevor Hayes, Leyla Jimenez, Meghanne Kessels, Moya O'Connell, Andrew Shaver, Malcolm Travis
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Albert Girard
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Special Interest, English & Language Arts, Performance Art & Spoken Word, Classical Instrumental Music, Classical Music, Homework Help
Rent Rocketbooks: Othello on DVD Rocketbooks: Othello
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Dive into Shakespeare's enduring drama of lust, treachery and revenge with this guide to "Othello." Using a combination of text and imagery, Rocketbooks serve as a study companion for students at junior high school level and above. Engaging quizzes and in-depth analysis reinforce comprehension of the tragedy of a warrior betrayed by his closest confidant into committing unspeakable murder.
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Bob Hoskins
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Rent Language, Fine Arts Music & Communication on DVD Language, Fine Arts Music & Communication
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The Tell Me Why Series, recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Film Advisory Board, enhances classroom instruction with a clear and engaging approach to learning. These two episodes explore art, music, communication and the roots of language. Topics include painting, theater, jazz, orchestras, dictionaries, encyclopedias, the purpose of communication, computers, conversation, telecommunication, body language, telegraphs and more.
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Children & Family, Education & Guidance, English & Language Arts, Homework Help
Rent Rocketbook: King Lear on DVD Rocketbook: King Lear
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Explore the symbolism and metaphors of one of Shakespeare's most notable plays with this guide to "King Lear." Using a combination of text and imagery, Rocketbooks serve as a study companion for students at junior high school level and above. Engaging quizzes and in-depth analysis reinforce comprehension of the story of an aged king and his relationship with three daughters of dubious allegiance.
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Rent Rocketbook: Frankenstein on DVD Rocketbook: Frankenstein
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Discover the Gothic symbolism of Mary Shelley's classic with this guide to her novel <i>Frankenstein</i>. Using a combination of text and imagery, Rocketbooks serve as a study companion for students at junior high school level and above. Engaging quizzes and in-depth analysis reinforce comprehension of the story of a scientist who achieves monstrous results as he blurs the line between God and science.
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Rent Rocketbook: Incidents in the Life... on DVD Rocketbook: Incidents in the Life...
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Discover the historical truth behind the autobiography of Harriet Jacobs with this guide to <i>Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl</i>. Using a combination of text and imagery, Rocketbooks serve as a study companion for students at junior high school level and above. Engaging quizzes and in-depth analysis reinforce comprehension of this haunting true story of Jacobs's flight to freedom and reunion with her family.
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Rent Correct Citations and Works Cited Page on DVD Correct Citations and Works Cited Page
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Aimed at high schoolers who are still learning how to write research papers, this step-by-step tutorial steers students past problematic scholarship by explaining the importance of citing sources in academic writing. Segments address the definition of plagiarism and how to avoid it; the do's and don'ts of using direct quotations from other authors; and the preferred format for preparing a page of cited works.
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