Self-Reflective Statement – summergirl1999


Core Values

Core Value 1. My work demonstrates that I used a variety of social and interactive practices that involve recursive stages of exploration, discovery, conceptualization, and development.

Throughout the semester I used a variety of social and interactive practices. Although our focus throughout the semester was our 3000-word research paper, we learned many things and did interactive activities and that helped a lot. By learning about other social topics that are interesting other than just our topic about what we wrote our paper about helped me get my ideas flowing. In the beginning of the semester we read and listened to a podcast about “Stone Money,” which was about currency in other places. We spoke about it in class, and many classmates gave their own opinions on the topic and it made the conversation very interesting and educational.

Core Value 2. My work demonstrates that I read critically, and that I placed texts into conversation with one another to create meaning by synthesizing ideas from various discourse communities. 

Throughout the semester I learned how to better my critical reading skills. I know how to look at texts and create more meaning from the ideas. A task we had to complete this semester was called “Safer Saws.” Before this semester I would have probably read the different articles and create meaning from the general point. But now with proper training and practice, I recognized the different claims the different people of the article were making. Analyzing people and their points more clearly in texts and articles, shows the different aspects of the piece. Especially when the text is relevant to today’s society, identifying the type of claim a quote or text is gives it more complexity.

Core Value 3. My work demonstrates that I rhetorically analyzed the purpose, audience, and contexts of my own writing and other texts and visual arguments.

Throughout the semester I can definitely say that my writing has improved in many aspects. Starting off the semester I was nervous about the long 3000-word research paper that was mandatory to turn in at the end of the semester. I am not nervous anymore, because I know I accomplished complexity throughout my paper. In my paper, but more specifically throughout my rebuttal essay my writing demonstrates that I analyzed the purpose, audience, context, and visual representation of my work. My purpose throughout my essay was to inform students about college, especially in my Rebuttal Argument I use a clear visual representation of two fictional students, Student A and C who both attended college but have different outcomes.

Core Value 4: 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.

Throughout my research essay, especially through my Causal Argument, 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 causal essay, I give plenty of detail and background on the advantages and disadvantages of a college education. I also bring up two different students, Student A and Student C who both went to college but encountered a different outcome, which I used as a visual illustration throughout my essay. There is a great amount of information and detail for the argument, I evaluated the information and quotes that are provided for both pro and con for having a college education. Throughout my essay I mention my own evidence and thoughts.

Core Value 5. My work demonstrates that I respect my ethical responsibility to represent complex ideas fairly and to the sources of my information with appropriate citation.

While writing an essay, especially an argumentative essay it is very significant to include information, fact, and detail for both sides of the argument. The job as a writer for an argumentative essay is to persuade the reader to agree with the point that is emphasized within the paper. My writing demonstrates that I respect my ethical responsibility to represent complex ideas fairly and to the sources of my information with appropriate citation. one of the keys. While writing my argumentative essay, especially my Causal Essay, I came across many sources, some that were untrustworthy and highly opinionated, I made sure I looked over sources closely. One of the many keys of writing a research essay, is using reliable and trustworthy sources.

Extra Material (not required)

Summergirl, I appreciate that you answered these questions, but they were provided by the Writing Arts Department as brainstormers, not part of the actual assignment requirements. I’ve moved them to the bottom of your post so your classmates won’t be confused and think they need to answer them as part of the Self-Reflective assignment.

Paper 1: Definition Argument

Writing is an art within itself; it takes a lot of effort and time. Finding sources took time because there are many aspects of the paper, and it is tricky to find reliable sources. Finding the sources was a more complicated process. Writing an annotated bibliography was very helpful because instead of taking the time for searching for what source I need, it was easy to have a brief summary of what the article was about. Having a conference with my professor was very helpful, it gave me more insight of my topic and taught me how to properly cite APA style.

Although my research paper is for my comp 2 class and an important grade, my topic is much bigger than that. My topic is about the pros and cons of a college education, which is a topic that is not spoken about that much but is a big decision. My ideas evolved from the work of others from websites and people stating facts and opinions about college, but I added most of my own thoughts and ideas.

One of my many sources for my research paper is from Forbes, called “How Today’s Student Loan Debt is Failing Future Generations.” Forbes is a well-known and credible source. It is important to use credible sources because if people read an argumentative paper without knowing what side they are on using quotes and information from credible sources can influence a person’s opinion.

Paper 2: Causal Argument

I used the combination of sources that I chose for my research paper because the sources give backup facts on my argument, my sources also give insight on my research topic. Each source that I used for my research paper played a distinct role because they give insight on my topic, give details about ivy league colleges, and details about white collar work.

Doubts some readers might have while reading my paper is the cons about college, since college is such a pushed issue within American society people that are pro college fully would probably be uneasy about the con facts about college.

Paper 3: Proposal Argument

My three papers show a multi-stage process, within each paper holds its own valuable information debating both sides, providing information, and scenarios to inform people about college as a whole, not just the benefits of a degree which is preached to most Americans.

Unique considerations that go into making a strong proposal argument is the thesis. Thesis’s in research papers are very important because it is the core of the argument and paper, including a strong thesis in a research paper makes the paper and the point trying to be made strong.

“I will examine the large amount of student debt in the United States of America. Student debt impacts graduates negatively in American society. Most Americans go to college to earn a college degree, so they do not have to struggle that much in life.” My target audience was students who are debating going to college or want to start pursuing something without attending college. I was appealing to that audience by starting off the proposal with the words “student debt,” students especially college students know those scary words, “student debt” can be an eye-catching phrase.

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