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.
Social and interactive practices are important in the writing process, and I didn’t realize that until this course. The way that the class is set up, in a blog, makes interacting with people easy. It allows others to see your work and give feedback, same as myself reading and commenting on my classmates work. Having the class set up as a blog really helped to be to understand and leave what this core value was and the importance behind it. Throughout all the assignments, I think the one where social interaction helped me the most was the Critical Reading assignment. That assignment was different for each student since we all had to take a section of an article. See what my classmates had posted helped me fully understand my own section because it was able to read their summaries on their section (which some were before mine). I have reached this goal.
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.
To fully understand the point being made in a writing assignment, it’s important to create meaning through other texts. This allows the reader to make up their own mind on certain arguments and gives the writer the advantage of using those texts to help support their claims. At first this was a hard thing for me to get down. Adding other writing in your own writing isn’t always easy, but it sure does help when making points/arguments. The assignment that I feel as though I fully understood the meaning of this core value was with the rebuttal assignment. The rebuttal assignment pushed me to show other opinions in order to help support my own. I used other articles to support my argument and successfully got my point across.
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.
Before starting a writing assignment it is very important to analyze the purpose that one might be writing this topic for. The purpose of the writing assignment is very important because it causes the writer to make a decision on how to best go about this writing piece while taking into consideration the audience and the content of the argument. For me personally, before I write anything I like to make an outline. An outline is my own way of analyzing everything before I start the writing process. It allows me to think of my audience and decide which best way to present my argument. I think the assignment that best demonstrates this is the research paper because it was a lot of thoughts coming together for one writing piece.
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.
As a writer you want your work to demonstrate a certain level of professionalism while also getting the points you want to come across to the audience. This can be done efficiently by adding in evidence to support your claims, and also incorporate some of your own personal ideas. In this class I feel I have successfully accomplished those feats. The assignment that best supports that is the causal argument I have written along with my research argument. In that assignment I used other sources to back up my arguments on my own personal opinions. The sources needed to be connected to the point I was making, but once they were my argument was a lot more stronger.
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.
Throughout my time as a writer I have also been taught the importance of ethical responsibility when it comes to citations and giving credit where it is due. At first, I struggled with this. I thought that unless you quote that person word for word you didn’t have to cite them or the source. I learned that it is not the content of the material that needs to be cited, but the idea. If the idea isn’t yours, you must give credit to where and who you got it from. Throughout this semester I have worked harder on getting into s habit of doing that. The research paper is a very good assignment to reference because it has many sources used to help support my ideas.