BUILDING GREAT SENTENCES: EXPLORING THE WRITER’S CRAFT
Starring: Professor Brooks Landon
Genre: Documentary/Teaching Video
Audience: Older children to adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 720 minutes
Distributor: The Teaching Company®
Producer: Jaimée M. Aigret, Matt
Costanza, Dan Shine
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Starting with the 17th Century French grammarian proposition, “Invisible God created the visible world,” Landon explores propositions and meaning, how sentences grow, how to create suspense, and, in general, how to communicate clearly with vigor. The course title speaks for itself. It is at once the history of building great sentences and also a current reflection on how the viewer or listener can improve his writing.
To his credit, Professor Landon is interested in the student, not in promoting a particular political or philosophical viewpoint. He makes this point several times. He’s not trying to be Noam Chomsky or any of the other linguistic iconoclasts. He’s trying to help students learn what works and how to make their language work. Bravo!
BUILDING GREAT SENTENCES is extremely helpful for anyone who wants to write clearly and powerfully. Professor Landon is interested in the student, not in promoting a particular political or philosophical viewpoint. He’s trying to help students learn what works and how to make their language work. For a while, the deconstructionist movement hastened the demise of effective communication by urging everyone to think nothing has any real meaning. Happily, it hasn’t survived the 21st Century very well. That’s because words do have meaning and communication is important, whether you’re buying groceries or designing a rocket to the moon. MOVIEGUIDE® recommends BUILDING GREAT SENTENCES by The Teaching Company®.