Reflective – duck

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.

I demonstrated the first core value by adapting my hypothesis after meeting with Professor Hodges, and finding new sources as I was researching. At first, my hypothesis was broad, bland, and not very counterintuitive, it was something along the lines of “people who eat better will perform better in an athletic competition” but after my conference, I was able to change my hypothesis to something more intriguing and counterintuitive, the hypothesis of “eating meals more frequently throughout the day will reduce the risk of obesity, as well as improve overall metabolic health. During the research process, I would look at sources used by sources I found, and use those sources to further develop my hypothesis and find new ideas that would support my argument. Another way I demonstrated the first core value was receiving feedback from professor Hodges throughout the semester on my research, hypothesis, notes, in class assignments, and homework assignments, and adjusting my work accordingly.

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Core Value 2. My work demonstrates that I read critically, and that I placed texts into conversation with one another to create meaning by synthesizing ideas from various discourse communities. 

I demonstrated the second core value through my research in the topic of my paper. I was able to use others’ work in a beneficial way to my own work by reading and analyzing their research and findings. To find more sources, I looked at sources that my original sources used. In doing this, I came across a variety of other supporting arguments for my hypothesis, and was able to read and understand those in order to integrate them into my argument as well. Finally, I was able to relate all of these texts together to have a well flowing argument that makes sense to the readers.

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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.

I demonstrated the third core value through my visual rhetoric analysis assignment. In this assignment, I was able to break down a 30 second ad into ten segments of varying lengths, and describe what was going on in those scenes in a rhetorical sense. I was able to tell what the actors’ moods were, what they were doing, what their surroundings were, and even what other people around them were doing. By doing this, I was able to form ideas about what kind of rhetoric was being shown by the ad. Finally, I was able to put all of these observations into words to tell to an audience in such a way that they might as well have watched the ad themselves.

Visual Rhetoric

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.

I demonstrated the fourth core value through the research I did for my paper. The first hypothesis I came up, “people who eat better will perform better in competitive physical activity,” with was broad, and not counterintuitive. Upon realizing this through meetings with Professor Hodges, I worked to sift through sources on topics similar to the one I had in mind earlier. To do this, I looked at related articles, read through a few, and eventually found a topic I was interested in, which was meal frequency and how it related to our health. This demonstrates the fourth core value because I was able to locate, evaluate, and incorporate sources into my work. Finally, once these sources were found and in my work, I was able to connect my own ideas to them.


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 citation. 

I demonstrated the fifth core value through learning how to properly cite my sources in class, and incorporate this information into my paper. As I sifted through sources for my paper, I would take note of any source I read that I thought could contribute to my argument in one way or another. When citing sources in my work, I was sure to include proper citations including the author’s name and the title of the article when introducing a quote from it. I also cited all of my sources properly in my references section, and wrote them in the APA format asked for.

Annotated Bibliography

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2 Responses to Reflective – duck

  1. davidbdale says:

    You didn’t ask for feedback on your Reflective Statement, duck, and you might not want any, but I’ve read it now, and I don’t know from it what your hypothesis was. You talk about it throughout—almost with the same language in Values 1 and 4—but never share WHAT IT WAS. No argument can be persuasive without details, examples, illustrations. This reader is not persuaded you did anything you claim to have done.

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