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Language Arts Skills Index

The Language Arts and the Math and Science Skills Indexes are designed to help you integrate the TV411 videos, web lessons, and print downloads into your classroom's curriculum. Use the dropdown menu below to browse the full catalog of our language arts materials by the skill or content area they address.

Skill/Content: Creative Writing
Type Description Skill/Content
Video Video: Toshi Reagon

Singer/songwriter Toshi Reagon writes a song on the spot especially for TV411 and shares her writing process.

Creative Writing
Video Video: Writers' Room

TV411 goes behind the scenes of the Bernie Mac Show for a peek at a professional brainstorming session.

Creative Writing
Skill/Content: Critical Thinking
Type Description Skill/Content
Lesson Truth in Advertising

Ads are always trying to sell you something—phones, cars, even politicians. Election posters and print ads are great for testing your reading skills.

Critical Thinking
Lesson Reading the Fine Print

About to sign a contract? Tempted to buy something you’ve seen in an ad? Hold on a minute. Did you check out the fine print?

Critical Thinking
Lesson Science in the News

Many new stories contain scientific terms that are unfamiliar. However, like any vocabulary words, they can be learned with a little practice. They’ll come in handy, especially on the Science section of the GED.

Critical Thinking
Print Lesson How Do You Read Your News?

Click on the title to download the worksheet.

Critical Thinking
Video Video: Campaign Promises

A voter explains how to read a campaign poster with a critcal eye.

Critical Thinking
Video Video: Language of Leases

A couple reads the fine print on a lease and makes a list of questions before signing.

Critical Thinking
Video Video: Newspaper Reading

While at a diner, Question Man (Joey Kola) and another customer use various strategies to decipher a difficult newspaper article.

Critical Thinking
Video Video: Newspaper Stories

Dennis Franz gives a tip on reading a newspaper article.

Critical Thinking