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.
Writing has never been a strong suite of mine, and this class was a bit difficult for me. I personally have never really been good at writing, or rewriting for that matter, but I do think that I have made improvements over the duration of this course. I think where I have made the most improvements is in my rewriting. If you look at my stone money first draft, and my stone money rewrite, some drastic grammar and context changes were made, all that I learned in this class. I learned to use things like purposeful summary, which was input into the first paragraph of my Stone money rewrite. I used this to help me explain the currency on the island, and the way the people of Yap used it.
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.
Academic writing is more of a skill that is acquired, rather than an art form such as writing a poem, or writing a play. When you write academically, you need to gather different sources, and understand different views on the topic that you are writing on. This can also mean interpreting texts, like I did in my safer saws assignment. In this assignment, I had to get different articles, summarize the claims that were made, and understand the claims that each article was making, and put them all into categories. I also had to read more than one article to get claims that the author was trying to make, and explain the claim that they were trying to portray in their article. This may seem like an easy task, which does become easier with practice, but it was not the simplest of tasks. This course has helped me out with this skill because of exercises like this.
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.
Rhetoric is a part of writing that is needed to get the image that is in your head, into the heads of the readers of your article, story, research paper, or whatever it is that you happen to be working on. Personally, I thought that I progressed in this aspect of writing during the duration of the course by doing exercises like the visual rhetoric assignment. In this assignment, we had to watch a video of our choosing from the national ad counsel, and analyze it. While watching the video, we had to write down what exactly we were seeing second by second, and then put that into words and make the reader visualize what we were seeing without having them actually see the video. This might seem easy, but it was not by any means. There was a lot of detail required for this assignment, but in reality it helped out with my writing because I can now understand how to get the image that I have in my head, and put it on paper to make my reader understand what I am imagining.
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 my white paper or my proposal +5 was a good example of how I acquired this skill from this course, because I had to gather different sources from a ton of different websites, such as google scholar, and the Rowan Campbell library. This skill is absolutely essential for my success as a student in my upcoming years, because we will always need to write papers. Whether it is research, or just to support an argument in a small paper, we need to have scholarly sources that will back up the information that we as writers are feeding to our audiences. We as authors have a moral obligation to give our readers facts, and those facts have to be backed up by research, and used correctly in our essays.
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.
As a writer, it is only ethical to give credit where credit is due when using others information, opinions, or research that they have gathered on their own. If I were to write an essay, use somebody else information that they gathered, and not give credit to the person that went through all of the trouble to gather all of those facts, opinions, or research, then it would not only be unethical, but you can also get in a lot of trouble academically. Ripping off other people’s work and claiming it as our own (not citing others or your own work you used in your essay) is a violation of student policy, and could lead to explosion from the university. I learned through this course to cite every source that I used in a paper, and the best way that I could demonstrate the skill that I learned was my annotated bibliography. In this, I gathered all of the sources that I used in my research paper, wrote purposeful summary, and how I used it in my essay.