Core Value 1. My work demonstrates that I used a variety of social and interactive practices that involve recursive stages of exploration, discovery, conceptualization, and development.
Before taking this class, I had never taken a course designed specifically for writing. It was a surprise for me when almost every assignment was related to my final. This class did improve my writing skills greatly as I was taught techniques I had never heard of before. The idea of constant revision was new to me, but I was on board right away. I took advantage of the feedback offered to me, my Definition argument being the best example of this. I had written my first draft with the intention of changing it later. The professor gave me detailed comments on how I could improve, and I took his suggestions immediately. I knew he was giving the best advice for what I had written, which has vastly changed how I now look at my writing. His concept of taking out filler words and just telling it how it is was new to me, but now all I see when I look at my work is filler.
Core Value 2. My work demonstrates that I read critically and placed texts into the conversation to create meaning by synthesizing ideas from various discourse communities.
In the first class, the professor introduced the idea of counterintuitive ideas and writing. I had never heard of this word before, but soon realized what it meant. These counterintuitive ideas required me to focus on their actual meaning and think critically to analyze them. This concept was hard for me to wrap my head around as I had never looked at an article through that lens before. In my Stone Money paper, I had to rethink the entire concept of money. Before reading the article, I saw money as a physical thing that we all had. I soon came to realize that money is a fictional concept and just numbers on a screen. This new approach to a common topic benefited me as I learned a new way of analyzing writing.
Core Value 3. My work demonstrates that I rhetorically analyzed the purpose, audience, and contexts of my own writing and other texts and visual arguments.
When doing research for all of my short argumentative essays, I had to look deep into each source and see exactly what stance they took on my topic. Some articles were on the same side as me, making it easy to point out their argument. Other articles did not agree with me. These articles were much more difficult to read as my own thoughts were conflicting with the work. However, I needed to look at opposing viewpoints for my Rebuttal argument. I was forced to read about the other side of my argument in order to make my point stronger. I found a source that claimed electric cars are environmentally friendly as the lack of a tailpipe leads to zero emissions. This viewpoint was the main opponent for my work, causing me to find a lot of evidence to shut it down
Core Value 4: My work demonstrates that I have met the expectations of academic writing by locating, evaluating, and incorporating illustrations and evidence to support my own ideas and interpretations.
The video I watched for the Visual Rhetoric assignment made me realize just how much information can be portrayed in just images. The assignment required me to watch the ad without sound and try to retell the story as accurately as possible. This was extremely difficult as there are so many aspects of film that require it to be viewed. I had to figure out the best way to explain the ad with only words. This type of visual argument made me see just how many subtle messages are contained within a video, many of which I tend to overlook. I can now watch a video, focus on the small details in the shot, and figure out why the director decided to place them there.
Core Value 5. My work demonstrates that I respect my ethical responsibility to represent complex ideas fairly and to the sources of my information with appropriate citations.
The claim I chose to support for my research paper required me to look at a multitude of different sources. I had to make sure I was giving my reader the right information and convince them fairly. The references I looked at had to be reliable and contain accurate information. I used Google Scholar to help me find academic sources and give my reader the evidence they deserve to know. My White Paper is a list of all the sources I consulted on my research paper that helped me better understand my topic. All of the sources it contains are filled with information in support of my topic. I want to know the real facts when reading a paper, and I expect my readers to want the same.
Brilliantly specific in places, vague in others. Thank you immensely for the narrative in Core Value 1. “All I see is filler” will gladden my heart for quite awhile.
In 2 and 3, you maintain your high standard, incorporating details into the story to help us understand HOW you met the values.
Elsewhere, for example in your Core Values 4 and 5, we don’t have a clue what video you described or what sources you found challenging to credit.