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Language Arts

James Stillís River of Earth

Portrait of a Kentucky poet
Grade Levels:
60 minutes
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James Stillís River of Earth is a portrait of one of Kentuckyís most distinguished and honored writers as well as an introduction to his work; it also gives students insight into the history and culture of the Appalachian region from which that work springs. Stillís publishing career spanned 70 years and includes novels such as River of Earth, story collections such as Pattern of a Man, childrenís books, collections of mountain lore and sayings, poetry collections such as The Wolfpen Poems and The Wolfpen Notebooks: A Record of Appalachian Life.

Through interviews with Still and people who knew himóincluding scholars, friends, and relativesóthis KET production highlights the uniqueness of the man and the importance of his vision. The program also includes archival photographs; reminiscences; and readings from Stillís poetry, stories, and novels.

Program of Studies:
Reading: Forming a Foundation, Interpreting Text, Developing an Initial Understanding, Reflecting and Responding to Text, Demonstrating a Critical Stance
Arts and Humanities: Humanity in the Arts
Writing: Writing Content
Speaking, Listening, Observing

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2012/13 KETKY Program Schedule

A portrait of one of Kentucky's most distinguished and honored writers, an Alabama native who lived and worked in Knott County from 1931 until his death in the spring of 2001. Regarded as the dean of Appalachian literature, Still wrote the novel River of Earth as well as short stories, children's books, collections of mountain lore and sayings, and poetry. A 1997 KET production.

The schedule listed here includes only airings on the KETKY channel. See the complete James Stillís River of Earth broadcast schedule for airings on all KET channels.

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This program relates to the following Kentucky Academic Expectations.

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