Marko the Pencil shows students how to break an assignment into short, manageable tasks and take their writing from mediocre to magnificent. Play the entire program or use the chapter menus so writers can apply each strategy before moving to the next tool. The writing toolbox includes visual clues for each writing tip. An animated student demonstrates how to apply these tools effectively. Students will learn how to brainstorm ideas, find a hook, organize material, avoid unclear pronouns, use transitional phrases, and engage readers with effective dialogue. They will also learn to improve their writing with similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration, personification, and more. Correlated to Common Core State Standards. Approximately 70 minutes. Grades 312.