Core Value I. My work demonstrates that I used a variety of social and interactive practices that involve recursive stages of exploration, discovery, conceptualization, and development.

When researching a topic Professor Hodges made it clear that research ends when the entry is due.  In my White Paper, it’s evident my original argument was changed around and helped develop my final research paper argument.  I made sure not only to explore various different types of sources but not to limit my research just to scholarly sources.  I realized that my work constantly could get better.  I began to feel as if I never would be satisfied and honestly when I turn my work in I’m going to be upset I could not get additional feedback or at least one more revision in before publishing my portfolio.  Writing is understanding that your paper will always be considered a draft as it can always be made better.  I developed into a better writer when I learned how to accept criticism and utilize it to make my overall argument stronger.

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

By posting on the blog I was subject to judgement and feedback whether it was criticism from my professor all the way trickled down to my fellow classmates.  This was a very interesting year and approach to this class as I never knew what to expect or correct.

Core Value III. My work demonstrates that I rhetorically analyzed the purpose, audience, and contexts of my own writing and other texts and visual arguments.

In my Research paper, I provided readers of the blog with unbiased and accurate feedback. Nowadays, it’s hard to get that.  I took full advantage when asking for feedback with my peers.  This left me open just as they made their paper vulnerable to criticism.


Core Value IV: 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 tried to make my paper come off as unbiased but it was obvious there was a definite argument being presented.  Without speaking from complete first person I gave experts the spotlight to help bolster my argument.  My annotated bibliography is a direct representation of this.

Core Value V. 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 made sure after going over it time after time again that citing was important.   In m Annotated bibliography, My professor emphasized the importance of using good citation techniques and making sure it was placed in MLA format so I went back and fixed all my mistakes regarding format errors.  My annotated bibliography shows my knowledge in citing.

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