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Building great sentences exploring the writer's craft

Landon, Brooks (instructor.). Teaching Company, (production company.).

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781598034486
  • ISBN: 1598034480
  • Physical Description: videorecording (DVD)
    videorecording (DVD)
    4 videodiscs (720 minutes) : 5.1 Dolby digital sound, color ; 12 cm. + 1 course guidebook (iv, 132 p. ; 19 cm.).
  • Producer: Chantilly, Virginia : Teaching Company, 2008.

Content descriptions

General Note: Course guidebook includes professor biography, statement of course scope, lecture outlines and notes, glossary, biographical notes, and bibliography.
Course no. 2368.
"24 lectures / 30 minutes per lecture"--Container.
Home use only.
Formatted Contents Note: Disc 1. A sequence of words -- Grammar and rhetoric -- Propositions and meaning -- How sentences grow -- Adjectival steps -- The rhythm of cumulative syntax -- Disc 2. Direction of modification -- Coordinate, subordinate, and mixed patterns -- Coordinate cumulative sentences -- Subordinate and mixed cumulatives -- Prompts of comparison -- Prompts of explanation -- Disc 3. The riddle of prose rhythm -- Cumulative syntax to create suspense -- Degrees of suspensiveness -- The mechanics of delay -- Prefab patterns for suspense -- Balanced sentences and balanced forms -- Disc 4. The rhythm of twos -- The rhythm of threes -- Balanced series and serial balances -- Master sentences -- Sentences in sequence -- Sentences and prose style.
Creation/Production Credits Note: The Teaching Company ; producer, Jaimé M. Algret, Matt Costanza, Dan Shine ; editor, Dan Shine ; camera operators, Jon Leven, Tom Dooley, Jim Allen (et. al.) ; academic content supervisor, Kia Penso.
Participant or Performer Note: Lecturer, Professor Brooks Landon, The University of Iowa.
Summary, etc.: Great writing begins--and ends--with the sentence. Whether two words ("Jesus wept.") or 1,287 words (a sentence in William Faulkner's Absalom! Absalom!), sentences have the power to captivate, entertain, motivate, educate, and, most importantly, delight. Understanding the variety of ways to construct sentences, from the smallest clause to the longest sentence, is important to enhancing your appreciation of great writing and potentially improving your own. This course applies the sentence-oriented approach to studying writing and provides a larger context for what makes sentences great. Students investigate how to recognize the mechanics of sentences, how language works on thoughts and emotions, and learn basic strategies to sharpen their ability to recognize great sentences and make their own writing more effective.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Home use only.
Subject: Composition (Language arts)
English language -- Sentences
English language -- Composition and exercises
English language -- Writing
English language -- Rhetoric
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Sentences
Genre/Form: Filmed lectures.
Instructional films.
Educational films.

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