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.

Throughout this entire semester I have been revising my arguments and essays. My first drafts is where I start off with and as time goes on I revise and edit my work. For my causal argument I wrote a first draft, but about three weeks later I revised my work and made a second draft. I noticed I worded things confusingly and that I needed to clarify my argument. I also learned from my mistakes and how I can write more clearly. The two links below show my original draft and my second draft which has the improvements I later made.

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.

I always listen to the advice my professors give me. I also have friends read my assignments before I submit them. For my definition essay, I realized I was not clear in my thesis. My professor commented on my work and I replied saying that I made changes to my essay. Sometimes I need someone else to read my work just to double check that everything makes sense.

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.

I wrote my causal argument based off of why I believe the NJ sales tax is not a regressive tax. I took into account that my professor was looking for specific keywords to show I had an argument. I highlighted all the keywords to show I was proving a point in my argument.Some examples of these keywords are: so, because, and even specific arguments that prove my point.

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.

In each assignment related to my research paper, I used sources to back my claim. A few of the sources were facts that I needed to know and others were articles with an author’s opinion. The facts that I researched helped me shape my own opinion. When I first picked this topic I did not really know if I considered the New Jersey sales tax to be regressive. While doing research I came across an article published by the New Jersey Department of Taxation which had a list of everything that was taxable and tax exempt. After reading this article I developed my own opinion based off of facts, which is stated in my definition essay, that I did not believe the tax was regressive toward people with low incomes.

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.

When I use outside sources for my essays, I use informal citations in my essay and then create a works cited page. It is very important to properly cite sources. In my definition rewrite, I used an informal citation for all three of my sources and then had a work cited page for my sources.  I think it important to give credit to other people for their own work.

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