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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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Punctuation: It’s Not Just for Emojis


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It’s Not Just for Emojis

You should use the basic punctuation marks correctly. If you make lots of errors, you undermine your knowledge and what you are saying. Your reader presumes you are not adequately informed and may resent reading you. In applying for jobs, you won’t even be considered. At work, more detailed people will be promoted before you. You may choose to avoid some forms of punctuation for now, but you may need to use them later or review them later in documents that others prepare in your workplace. At least be sufficiently familiar with the different forms of punctuation that you recognize when people are misusing it.

Some forms of punctuation are basic and familiar to all: period, question mark, exclamation mark. Commas have so many rules that they deserve some real attention. Colons and semi-colons are very useful, although some instructors won’t accept semi-colons. Parentheses and dashes serve a purpose and understanding when to use them is helpful. Punctuation influences the meaning of the sentence, so having a strong grasp will expand your options for expressing yourself. The following changes make that explicit.

A woman, without her man, is nothing.

A woman: without her, man is nothing.

A woman? Without her, man is nothing!

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