BrainPOP Lessons organized by Topic.

A Wrinkle in Time

Explore every wrinkle of Madeleine L'Engle's classic science fiction tale.

Active and Passive Voice

Active or Passive? Learn how to give voice to your sentences!

Adjectives

Learn how helpful, descriptive adjectives tell us more about plain old nouns!

Adverbs

They beautifully describe verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, nouns, and even whole sentences!

Agatha Christie

It’s no mystery why she’s the best-selling novelist of all time.

Anne Frank

Why is Anne’s diary about a Jewish girl during WWII such an important book? Find out!

Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms

What’ll you have on your bagel—lox or locks? Tim and Moby will teach you about grammar, pronunciation, and how words relate!

Back to School

When summer’s over and it's time to hit the books, Tim and Moby’s helpful tips can make the transition a little easier.

Biography

Discover what makes a biography, and learn the source of memoirs--the writer’s life!

Blogs

I audioblog, you videoblog, we all kinds of blog for weblogs! But how to practice good digital citizenship?

Book Report

Plot, character, theme: Learn the ins and outs of writing a great book report.

Business Letter

Tim and Moby send salutations and talk about how to write and structure a business correspondence.

Capitalization

Big letters, small letters: Knowing when to use them makes for proper grammar!

Charles Dickens

Don’t say “Bah, Humbug”! Dickens survived childhood poverty to become one of the greatest novelists ever.

Citing Sources

How many sources can you cite? Plenty, once Tim and Moby teach you how to write a good bibliography!

Clauses

Independent or dependent, nouns or adjectives, Tim and Moby know how clauses make sentences work.

Colons

Tim and Moby on how these two little dots are so useful: You'll see them as salutations, as independent clauses, and as indicators of a related sentence to come. You'll even see them on your digital clock!

Concept Mapping

Learn how to use concept maps to navigate your knowledge!

Conducting an Interview

Questions and answers are just the start—learn what else it takes to conduct a great interview!

Conjunctions

Either conjunctions are important for coordinating phrases, or they’re not! (Hint: They are.)

Context Clues

Learn to figure out unfamiliar words!

Contractions

What’s a contraction and how’s one made? Tim and Moby help you use an apostrophe to combine words.

Copyright

Don’t get too creative with public works, or you’ll get sued for plagiarism! Find out what a copyright is and how it might apply to your everyday life.

Critical Reasoning

Not all arguments are created equal--learn how to spot the good ones and reject the bad ones!

Debate

For effective arguments, the power of rhetoric is not open to debate!

Diagramming Sentences

Learn how to diagram all the parts of a sentence, from adjective to verb! But what on earth is a predicate?

Dialogue

How to recognize and write dialogue in novels, screenplays, and scripts.

Dictionary and Thesaurus

Tim and Moby teach you to look up and learn more about words and their meanings!

Drama

“Exit, pursued by a bear!” Learn about drama through the ages—comedy to tragedy, and ancient Greece through Shakespeare.

Edgar Allan Poe

Calm your tell-tale heart: This movie about macabre author Edgar Allan Poe isn’t nearly as frightening as his tales!

Emily Dickinson

Discover one of the most unique and influential voices in American verse

Etymology

Tim and Moby talk you through the study of words—their origins, meanings, and how wars change language!

Fact and Opinion

Figure out the difference between what’s true, what’s not true, and when bias presents opinion as truth. Tim asks: Can you prove it? Well, can you?

Five-Paragraph Essay

Learn about intros, conclusions, and what should go in each paragraph of a short essay.

Frankenstein

Meet the gothic monster of all monsters—and the woman who gave Frankenstein life!

Getting Help

Sometimes all you need to do is ask. Tim and Moby tutor you in how to know--and where to go--when you need help.

Homer

Grab your toga and get ready for some epic tales of the ancient cultures of Greece and Troy.

Hyphens and Dashes

There are times—Tim is always telling Moby this—when you need to know the difference between hyphens and dashes!

I vs. Me

Getting personal with first-person pronouns is the object of this movie! Or is it the subject?

Idioms and Clichés

Every village needs an idiom. But using cliches makes for lazy writing!

Imagination

Memories, dreams, creativity, perceptions—All part of the world inside your head.

Interjections

Oh Boy! The exciting part of Grammar! Interjections!

Internet Search

Search me? Search you! Tim and Moby know how to research anything online!

J. R. R. Tolkien

Take a trip to Middle-earth with Tim and Moby, and learn about fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien!

Jack London

Tim and Moby follow the tracks of Jack London; sailor, adventurer, politician and famous author.

Judy Blume

Meet the writer behind "Superfudge" and "Blubber," and learn of her struggle against censorship.

Kurt Vonnegut

Tim and Moby talk foma, wampeters, and granfalloons in our movie on author Kurt Vonnegut!

Literary Genres

From comedy to mystery to science fiction, stories come in all different types

Lord of the Flies

Tim and Moby introduce you to William Golding's great novel about lost children and the island society they create!

Main Idea

Wait, what was that all about? Get to the gist of it, and learn how to find the main idea!

Mark Twain

Tim and Moby introduce you to the great American writer and satirist, Mark Twain.

Maya Angelou

Explore the inspiring life and literature of this Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, poet, and dancer!

Misplaced Modifiers

Avoiding misplaced modifiers is essential to good grammar and concise writing. So, where exactly do I put this adverb? If only I knew!

Mood and Tone

Find out how mood and tone affect the style of a piece of writing!

Note-Taking Skills

Taking notes helps you learn while you listen!

Nouns

They’re plural, they’re proper, and good luck speaking without them! Tim and Moby talk nouns.

Online Sources

Whether in a chatroom or emailing, you need to know how to identify the reliable and the untrustworthy online sources!

Outlines

Tim and Moby show you how to research and organize your thoughts on a topic before you write!

Pablo Neruda

Meet the famous Chilean poet, statesman, and political activist.

Parallel Structure

Use the simple rhetorical technique of parallelism to make your writing stronger and more persuasive!

Paraphrasing

Learn how to use quotes or or when to summarize to paraphrase, not plagiarize!

Parts of Speech

An explanation of the basic parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.

Personal Pronouns

Find out how personal pronouns refer to their antecedents.

Plagiarism

Don’t steal words: Learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it!

Poetry

Tim and Moby get all poetic on you! The rhyme, rhythm and verse of one of the oldest literary forms.

Point of View

In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby give you perspective on point-of-view in writing.

Possessives

Hey--that’s mine! Discover the grammar of ownership by using apostrophes, possessive nouns, and pronouns.

Prepositional Phrases

Learn what a preposition is and how to identify prepositional phrases.

Prewriting: Choosing a Topic

Learn some prewriting strategies that will help you to generate ideas and find a topic that gets you going!

Prewriting: Organizing Your Thoughts

Save time by organizing your thoughts and mapping out your writing!

Public Speaking

Don’t be scared, be prepared! Tim and Moby’s tips for delivering a successful report or speech.

Punctuation

Punctuation’s function? It helps us understand who’s talking about what!

Reading a Newspaper

It’s one of the best ways to stay informed: Find your way around a newspaper, from byline to headline, sports to culture.

Reading Skills

Tim and Moby tell you how to up your reading skills: Prepare, preview, skim, jot notes and make a movie in your head!

Research

Learn how to find secondary and primary sources of information for a research paper.

Roald Dahl

Meet the writer who brought you James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other timeless adventures!

Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes

Expand your vocabulary with prefixes, suffixes, and root words!

Run-On Sentences

Whoa, Partner! Where’re you going with that sentence? How to contain run on sentences.

Semicolons

Nope, semicolons don’t help you digest your dinner. Tim and Moby introduce you to a strange and useful punctuation mark!

Sentence Fragments

Do your sentences have all their parts? Tim and Moby predicate this movie on the fact that there are clauses other than Santa!

Show, Not Tell

See how writers can make narration come to life using vivid descriptions!

Similes and Metaphors

There’s no comparison to this movie on how these simple poetic devices can improve your writing.

Strengthening Sentences

Don’t be passive: Put some muscle in your modifiers and volume in your vocabulary! Learn how to keep your readers interested.

Stress

Learn how your mind and body respond to nervousness and anxiety, and what you can do to relax those jitters.

Subject and Predicate

Ah, Subject and Predicate: Working together to bring you sentences since the earliest days of the English language!

Subject-Verb Agreement

See how a subject's number affects the verb that agrees with it. It’s so nice when verbs agree!

Tenses

Learn how to describe the past, present, and future. It’s all about conjugation, baby!

Test Preparation

There’s a big difference between cramming and preparing: Learn how to take a test!

Test-Taking Skills

Multiple-choice, standardized, quiz or exam? Other than study hard, how can you do best on a test?

Theme

Learn how authors use story elements like plot and characterization to develop a theme

They're, Their, and There

What’s wrong with there word choice? A whole lot! Learn the difference between the contraction, the adverb, and the possessive pronoun.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Learn about gossip, racism, and small-town justice in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

Types of Sentences

An explanation of declarative, imperative, interrogatory, and exclamatory sentences. Watch this! OK?

Types of Writing

From persuasive to narrative, and journalism to fiction—there are many types of writing, but which to use when?

Verbs and their Objects

Take action! Learn how to identify and use verbs, direct objects, and indirect objects.

William Shakespeare

He could do comedies, tragedies, histories and poetry. Learn about the greatest playwright in the history of the English language!

Writing In Sequence

Writing’s easy once you learn about sequence! Tim and Moby give you directions on using timelines to create order from beginning to end.

Writing Process

The main idea of this movie is learning how to organize, proofread, and publish your writing!