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 anything, especially something research based, I make a point to explore different perspectives and opinions pertaining to my topic because I understand that things are not always what they seem to be. We can’t stop after looking at just one source or reading something only one time because ideas are never stagnant. Concepts and theories are constantly evolving and improving upon themselves to keep up with the climate of the situation and environment they’re born in. I will say I’ve had trouble with this because I can be stubborn and a mind but I believe that for the most part I’ve accomplished an acceptable level of exploration, discovery and development. I think this statement is best proved in my “Stone Money Rewrite” because the concept of the assignment made me rethink the way I chose to explain my stance on the topic and whether my thoughts and explanations were valid in an argument like this.
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.
In my paper, “Rebuttal,” I included direct quotes from a few different blogs and figures who have strong and clearly worded opinions pertaining to my thesis. Their statements have helped to support and strengthen my position on the topic of teaching religion in schools. I’ve done my best to explore different stances as well as different sources of information make my arguments and explanations as well rounded and holistic as possible because I understand that these different ideas all play into each other and are all intertwined in one way or another.
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 believe that understanding the context of one’s writing writing and the way in which it will be perceived is absolutely vital to the composition of any piece. It doesn’t matter what the intentions are if the reader’s perception is completely different because once they form an idea about they piece it will be very difficult to convince them of anything different. It will be far easier to predict the perception of a piece if the context is well defined in addition to knowing the audience well. In the same way that one should speak differently to a toddler than they would to a congressman, the writing style and vernacular should change according to who is being addressed. I believe I best demonstrated this skill in my “Visual Rewrite.” I used a simplistic vernacular and described each scene as clearly as I could think to do.
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 am not a credible source. I have no grounds to make claims or insist that my opinions are the right ones. Evidentiary support is an absolute must in all of my papers. I try my best to at least provide some kind of justification to any statements I make in my writing unless I believe that the statement itself is justified by general knowledge of the circumstances surrounding my thesis. Specifically in my “Visual Rewrite,” I do my best to justify every assumption I made about the video and its context. Rather than simply stating that the room looked like that of a young teenage boy I explained that the room was decorated in stereotypically male shades of blue and grey as well as plenty of athletic trophies and posters.
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.
In my “Definition Argument,” I’m very confident in the way I supplied information and how I worded my opinions and statements in their context. I believe I wrote clearly and concisely in a way that was factual and simple. A decent amount of the text was rewritten from several sources in a more concentrated way that filtered out any content that wasn’t entirely central to my central argument in this paper. I did my best make distinctions between facts that I found in my research and statements I made pertaining to my own opinions as well as deliver both in a a way that would contribute to an effective and well rounded argument rather than in a way that would be simply pushing my own beliefs.