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Writing for College and Beyond

Life Lessons from the College Composition Classroom


CJ Kent

Writing for College and Beyond: Life Lessons from the College Composition Classroom explains how the many skills taught in the Freshman Composition course apply at work and in life. The composition class is a pre-requisite and General Education course for most colleges and universities in the United States. It reaches students in every area of study. As people wonder about the value of a liberal arts education and question whether colleges and universities are truly preparing students for the workforce, Writing for College and Beyond challenges those arguments by pointing out exactly how classroom policies and writing assignments apply beyond school walls. Professors, lecturers, and graduate students teaching Freshman Composition courses will find this book helpful. Administrators who service the Freshman Composition population, such as Writing Center Directors, will also find Writing for College and Beyond: Life Lessons from the College Composition Classroom a wonderful aid.

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Chapter Fifteen: Present What You Know; Don’t Hide What You Don’t


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Present What You Know; Don’t Hide What You Don’t

Presentations are pervasive. You present yourself and what you know in a job interview, as well as in meetings; once at work you will likely find yourself doing some form of the ubiquitous PowerPoint presentation. Whether you are presenting a report to your team, introducing a product to a roomful of people, or explaining your company to potential clients, presentations are a normal part of business interactions.

The technology has changed, from slides projected with a magic lantern to the various electronic slideshow programs, but the principle of sharing information visually has always been around. The Greek and Roman orators learned to make their descriptions vivid, with strong visual imagery as a part of the rhetoric that would help convince their audiences. These ekphrases, they believed, ensured their idea became a picture in the mind of the audience, and so remained fixed in the audience’s memory.

Learn More! Ekphrasis has been a hotly debated topic for a very long time. It started as a form of rhetoric but then developed into an argument about whether painting or poetry was better. Now ekphrasis applies to musical renditions of stories, or ballets of paintings, etc. Most of the time, though, it is still focused on pictures and language. Given how much text and image we consume with the Internet, the issues surrounding ekphrasis and the tensions it presumes...

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