Blog 10- What is Exposition?


Initially, I thought exposition was simply the beginning of writing. I thought we'd just be taught how to write and that be all. We did, in a way, learn "how" to write. It was not so much as the methodical process but the exploration process. Through research, analyzing, and discussing, we honed in on the expository aspect. When writing, it is often hard to develop an idea that follows a prompt. We are sometime limited by the parameters set by scholars. However, this course did not limit our scholastic minds. There was room to explore different angles of writing and to develop our ideas in a way that best suits use as students.


This class came highly recommended by another professor of mine. I was quite apprehensive due to my lackluster skills in the abstract nature of writing. I am more factual when it comes to literature. I see "A". "A" existence. "A" has a purpose. The purpose is "XYZ," No more. No less. That is how I have always approached things in life. Often times, I do not fancy the existence of overzealous writing. The first few weeks, I know that I said "WTF" at least three times a day in class. I just did not understand where Dr. Wharton was trying to take us. After taking a step back and speaking with her, everything became so much clearer. Her purpose was not to just bombard us with a ton of work but to weave our way through multimodality to achieve our expository goals. Once I grasped where she was trying to take the course, the course became more bearable. Granted, I struggled with some things but it was not without cause.


Exposition encompasses much more than its mere definition. It is a practice that, if approached correctly, reaps writing gains like no other. I am appreciative for the new insight to exposition that I have acquired while in this course. writing

4 thoughts on “Blog 10- What is Exposition?”

  1. I totally get your perspective. I felt very stretched as a student in this class. The exposure to so many different technologies and media was overwhelming. I loved the readings and some of the initial projects but I felt a little spun out by the end of the semester. I wonder what the next new thing in writing and technology will be? Do you feel that learning and practicing these multi modal techniques has improved your craft as a writer? I hope it gets easier!

  2. I sort of experienced the opposite effects. I understood that we would focus on multimodality, so the first couple of projects were not a big surprise; but once we started on the timeline, there were times I started to feel confused. I think it’s common to feel a bit lost during this course because everything was done piece by piece, separated into different parts, so it can be difficult to comprehend where we’re getting at. But once we got towards the end and started working on our portfolio’s, it big picture became clear. What tips or advice helped you to understand this course better?

  3. I can definitely empathize with your feelings about developing an understanding of what exposition really means in this course. I had the same, slow understanding of what was actually happening throughout the course. I knew we were exploring exposition through the lens of material culture and that it was pretty eye opening, but my comprehension of what exactly we were doing with expository discourse and research wasn’t entirely realized until the actual object research came about. Then I remember being like, “wow… what we are doing is pretty cool – not to mention incredibly useful.” I agree that exposition is more than just an exploratory process and that the results that it generates are more than just open-ended research. What I learned in this course is that exposition can be powerful and it is especially powerful when utilized with rhetorical aspects in mind because it creates a complex argument that allows the audience to explore what it is you’re constructing in a dynamic way.

  4. I agree with you that I didn’t quite understand where we were going in the beginning of this course. It was a pleasant surprise when all of our object work, the description, the timeline, the analysis, all came together for out final project. I learned that expository communication is not only textual, and that there are various modes that can be used to describe and reveal.

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