Common Sense Review
Updated July 2014

BrainPOP: English

Fun videos help teach most anything, from Poe to prepositional phrases
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Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 5
  • From the homepage, click English.
  • The Famous Authors & Books page offers a wealth of great options.
  • A variety of teaching options are available -- no need to depend on the videos alone.
  • Most lesson ideas are broad and very adaptable.
Amy Lauren Botula
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

BrainPOP's English offering includes videos on the full range of ELA topics -- they're best used to supplement and support your existing curriculum. From Roald Dahl and Judy Blume to Charles Dickens and Homer; from nouns, etymology, and context clues to critical reasoning -- there's a lot here. These videos are engaging, high-quality and, despite the stated range of grades 3-12, seem best suited for grades 4-8. This is especially true if using the lessons to preview new content or reinforce a recent lesson -- these are probably the site's best uses.  

Instead of using the CCSS-alignment search, save yourself time and simply pick what looks interesting -- you can always click Lesson Ideas to see any aligned standards. Be ready to adapt the suggested plans to the needs of your students and your own teaching style. Some high school teachers might also find the videos useful as lesson previews. The FYI link with each lesson can also be useful for older students -- it offers a selection of related, complex informational excerpts.

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