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Language Arts

Student Lessons in Revision with Barry Lane

Creative writing exercises
Grade Levels:
30-40 minutes
Taping Rights:
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Teaching Materials:
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Program Schedule and Streaming Links:
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Using humor and engaging examples, nationally known author and educator Barry Lane leads viewers through exercises to help them develop more creative writing pieces. These programs are designed for teachers to use in the classroom or to watch themselves for professional development.

Program of Studies:
Writing: Writing Content, Writing Process, Writing Structure, Writing Conventions
Technology: Research, Inquiry, Problem-solving/Innovation

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2012/13 Program Schedule

101. Growing Leads and Digging Potatoes: The Art of Beginning
With a little help from the wolf and the three pigs of lore, Lane demonstrates exercises that help writers develop creative and engaging leads.
102. The Myth of the Boring Subject: Revising Research Writing
Lane shares strategies such as "Question CPR" and the "Revisor's Checklist" to help students write more interesting research papers.
103. Digging for Details
In writing, as in other things, it's all in the details. In this program, Lane introduces the "binocular" strategy and questioning exercises to help writers find the interesting details in a story.
104. Snapshots and Thoughtshots
Lane discusses why writers use images and thoughts in stories to connect with their readers and demonstrates ways students can add them to their own work.
105. Exploding Moments and Shrinking Centuries
This program provides writing exercises to help students expand small moments in time by using vivid detail, thoughtshots, and snapshots. Alternatively, it also includes exercises for compressing a long period of time into a single sentence or scene.
106. Don't Make a Scene, Build One: Revising Dialogue
Mark Twain wrote, "Don't say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and make her scream." Barry Lane shares activities to help students write more realistic and engaging dialogue.

These videos are also available on KET EncycloMedia.

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Teaching Materials

The content of this video series is drawn from Barry Lane’s book After the End, available from many book retailers. The ISBN number is 0-435-08714-2.

Kentucky Academic Expectations

This program relates to the following Kentucky Academic Expectations.

Kentucky schools may tape and retain programs according to the rights listed above. For further information, contact the KET Education Division.

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