Successful writers and adult learners share ideas on how to get started writing.
Outlines a three-step process: generating ideas, writing a rough draft, and revising/editing.
Experienced writers offer useful organizing techniques.
How to write complete and correct sentences and how to fix or improve problem sentences.
Reviews typical grammar and usage problems writers encounter.
Tips on how to improve your writing mechanics.
Explores three kinds of nonfiction writinginformational, opinion, and memoirand illustrates how to get the most out of reading them. Writer Luis Rodriguez reads from Always Running, his memoir about gang life.
Explores elements of fiction in short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Flannery O'Connor, and James Baldwin and the contemporary novel Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat, who reads an excerpt from the book.
Poet Sonia Sanchez reads from her work and shows how to analyze a poem, U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky introduces the "Favorite Poem Project," and people talk about how poetry can be a powerful means of expression.
Explores the elements of drama through a play written by an adult learner and goes behind the scenes to see how the written word is translated to the stage.
Explores key events and themessuch as the nation's multicultural naturethat have made the United States what it is today.
Major events, inventions, and ideas that have shaped the world and its cultures, from ancient Egypt to the modern Middle East.
Business people and economics teachers explain the basics of money, finance, markets, and commerce.
Explores the foundations and structure of American government and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
Explores the relevance of geographyfrom the impact of humans on the environment to how places and regions define our world.
Explores a variety of life science topics, from basic biology to genetics to ecosystems.
Topics in geology, astronomy, and meteorology, including earthquakes, how the Earth was formed, natural cycles, and the basics of weather and energy.
Defines an element, illustrates some chemical reactions, and explores practical applications of chemistry in everyday lifefrom cooking to making art.
Explores the physics involved in roller coasters, space flight, sound, electricity, and MRI technology.
Explores the language of math and how you can use logic and common sense to make number problems more manageable.
A process for solving basic math and word problems, either single- or multi-step.
Reviews how to read decimal numbers, calculate with them, and solve everyday problems involving decimals.
What fractions represent, how to judge the relative sizes of different fractions, calculating with them, and solving everyday fraction problems.
Explores how and why people use ratios, proportions, and percentages to compare numbers and solve problems.
A variety of uses for measurement, how to calculate in the English and metric systems, and how to solve for the perimeters and areas of various shapes.
Defines mean, median, and mode and shows how to organize data on charts and graphs and analyze statistical trends.