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 writing, I think that discovery of new topics and development of new ideas is where I strive the most. I find it that in this class, I was challenged more than usual to perform my top writing at all times and I liked the battle I had with myself. To narrow one point down, we look at the research topic of my own which consisted of baseball players and the injuries they encounter. Being a baseball player myself and looking up new material, I came across many appealing news that surprised me. By doing that, I was able learn more myself which enabled me to make the reader interested and want to keep reading. It is very important to keep the reader hooked. Being an observer myself on others writings, I know that there are sometimes in which you do not want to keep reading because nothing interests you.
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.
While doing my research topic, I got a good idea of how to do this. It was very important to add more then one source and bring together peoples ideas to form one stronger point. From doing this, the reader can understand it more because more people are saying the same thing which always helps. Honestly, when writing, I have to say that citing and bringing sources to my papers was always my hardest deficit but from this class I learned quickly how to change that. Having people from different communities come together and all agree on one thing is always huge in every situation. More or less, it is like saying a team full of best friends is unbeatable and compound a stronger bound which in a sense, is the same as people coming together to all have the same conclusion maybe with different premises.
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.
One of the biggest things I got out of this class was that you have to entertain the audience. No one is going to continue to read something they are not forced to if it does not interest them. So from all the work and learning this, I was able to come up with better material in which I can make the audience more involved and want to continue to read my pieces. Visual arguments was actually my favorite part of this class for a few reasons. One, everyone likes seeing pictures because it seems easier. Two, you get a short story about something important and you retain some knowledge from it. Pausing the video throughout the whole piece so describe scenes is a good way to keep yourself guessing. There is so much detail that one wouldn’t think is actually there but in reality, there is so much more then you can see at first glance. I think from looking at these and studying them to write about, I won’t look at another video, movie or program the same ever again which opens up a whole new way to view things in life.
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 think that I have the expectations to the best of my abilities. Being in this class really helped me learn how to actually write. I enjoyed learning what writing really is about because I did not get this in any other class that i have been in over all my schooling. When evaluating others papers and my own to rewrite, I come across mistakes more then I would have before this class. I can see more grammar issues and sometimes there are words I use and maybe even full sentences I use that don’t need to be there at all and give no information to the reader. With incorporating illustrations, I think I’ve learned how to do this is a much better manner. This was always my favorite part about writing because when I write, I visualize it happening in my head and I can understand what the reader is thinking and seeing at the same time so it inspires me to write even better so the bigger picture is there for them.
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.
Coming into this class, having had some trouble with bringing sources into my own information, I think I learned a lot on how to properly do so to a large extent. Having appropriate citation is a huge concept in writing that needs to be performed to excellence. I say this because with any mistakes or if no citations at all, how could it be good work? If we are basing it off a argument with none of these, then we are looking at our own opinions and that is something that not everyone will want to believe especially when they have there own. From learning how to properly cite after all the time that I have been in school, I come to see how much better my own writing is and also, I can stay away from mistaken case of plagiarism.