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.
In this class I learned to really think in depth about a claim or concept. For example in my visual rhetoric assignment, each second of the video is analyzed and described in great detail. I didn’t just illustrate what was happening, but I tried to figure out what could of happened. For example, when there was a screen full of coal and ashes, I made predictions and explored what could have happened. I could only use what was in the background.
Another example of making examples would be when I was completing my annotated bibliography assignment. I would discover very strong points that made my research paper more complex. For example when writing the background on one source I discovered the connection between helmets and deaths between the years on 1955 and 1965.
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.
When writing my research paper I had to put my ideas together from my definition, casual, and rebuttal arguments. When going though my research paper each idea followed each other like train cars following each other. Some ideas from my rebuttal actually fit in better with my definition argument. Vise versa for my causal argument and definition argument.
Another example would be stone money, I first wrote my stone money with a lot of information and it did not flow together nicely. After some feedback and a lot of thinking I was able to make it all come together nicely in my stone money rewrite. Each idea has to flow together and it worked out nicely with stone money. I also had the same experience on my safer saws assignment.
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 safer saws assignment I had to read 10 articles and write based on certain people point of views. I had to really think about it, what are these peoples interest? Who would benefit from this? Where do these people stand? In my writing I illustrate the writing of an inventor who’s life work has been completely stolen. I had to see myself in Steve Gass’s shoes and determine how I felt if as a college student my 3000 word research paper had been ripped off.
In my rebuttal argument, I needed to determine why the opposing party disagreed with me. I needed to determine their purpose, then address the causes that made them disagree with my work. I analyzed why the opposers felt this way.
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 my research paper I introduced a counterintuitive idea that people cannot wrap their heads around, making football safer by removing the helmets. It was very hard to explain this idea to people, but I was able to do it. In my definition argument I defined this idea, and when researching it I was helped by many brilliant sources. I found examples of my counterintuitive idea and discovered that is it a phenomenon studied by many researchers. I also found examples on studies that gave hard evidence when proving the idea. The study was recent, and gave actual numbers when describing their result. My whole thesis was hard to explain in words, but my sources and examples helped me paint a picture for the reader.
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 every piece I wrote, I always clearly explained my information and cited it. I never use information that is not my own, plagiarism is stealing. These people who wrote these long articles online and in books must have spend a lot of time to make them so great, it is morally and ethically wrong to deprive them of their recognition. My research paper contained 10 sources and I always gave an indirect citation to my sources. Many of these papers really help me understand my thesis better, and help me prove it, I would never stab the authors in the back. I always though citation needed to be parentheses with the authors name, but I discovered that indirect citation makes the sentences flow so nicely.