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PowerPoint Project for ENC 1102

PowerPoint Project for ENC 1102
Created to explain the rubric section: " Style and Language
1. Is appropriate for the audience and subject"

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  • What are you saying? and Who are you saying it to?
      • Using appropriate style and language
      • for your audience and subject
    J. Szempruch
  • Audience and Subject are Key!
    • In order for your essay to be effective, you must have a clear idea of
      • Who you are writing for
          • Your classmates? Readers of a academic journal? Your grandmother?
      • What you are writing about
          • Your subject or assigned topic
  • Who Will You Be Writing For?
    • In a classroom, academic setting, you will most likely be assigned to write for
      • An audience of your peers
        • Classmates and other students
        • Similarly informed members of the community
      • A more formal audience
        • A scholarly journal
        • A specialized group
  • Writing for Your Classmates
    • Leave all of your preconceptions behind!
      • In general, assume your audience knows very little about the subject.
      • Treat them as intelligent but uninformed
    • Always remember...
  • Writing For a Formal Audience
    • If you know your audience has knowledge of a topic already:
      • More formal language may be acceptable.
      • Technical terms and jargon may be used if the terms are explained.
    • Your amount of background explanation should be directly related to how informed your audience already is on the subject
  • Remember to...
    • “ Think of grammar and style as analogous to, say, table manners. [...] Your job as a writer is to have certain effects on your readers, readers who are continuously judging you, consciously or unconsciously. If you want to have the greatest effect, you'll adjust your style to suit the audience, however arbitrary its expectations.”
                    • Quoted from “Lynch, Guide to Style and Grammar”
  • Subject and Audience are Intrinsically Linked
    • Once you know who you're talking to, it's much easier to convey what you want to say!
    • You can convey a complex subject to an informal audience and vice versa by varying your word choices.
  • Reread Your Work
    • Read your finished work out loud. Ask yourself:
      • Do I get my point across?
      • Does this flow conversationally?
      • Does this sound like me?
    • Catching sentence-level errors allows your audience to focus on your argument, not your errors.
  • In Short...
    • “ You want your reader to know enough material to understand the points you are making. It's like the old forest / trees metaphor . If you give the reader nothing but trees , she won't see the forest (your thesis, the reason for your paper). If you give her a big forest and no trees, she won't know how you got to the forest (she might say, 'Your point is fine, but you haven't proven it to me'). You want the reader to say, 'Nice forest, and those trees really help me to see it.'”
      • Quoted from “Audience: The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill”
  • Works Cited &quot;Audience.&quot; Audience Handout . The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 4 Dec. 2008 <http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/audience.html>. Hyatt, Michael S. &quot;Working Smart: Five Rules for Better PowerPoint Presentations.&quot; Michael Hyatt: Working Smart . 21 June 2005. 2 Dec. 2008 <http://www.michaelhyatt.com/workingsmart/2005/06/five_rules_for_.html>. Lynch, Jack . &quot;Lynch, Guide To Grammar And Style - A&quot;. Guide to Grammar and Style . Rutgers. 4 Dec 2008 <http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/a.html>. Stephens, Cheryl. &quot;An Introduction to Plain Language.&quot; 27 Apr. 2003. Plain Language Association International . 4 Dec. 2008 <http://www.plainlanguagenetwork.org/stephens/intro.html>.