Reflective- DudeInTheBack

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.

When I receive feedback from my professors on something that I thought was a semi flawless assignment, I usually would imagine hearing all positive things. Most of my teachers in my past usually would only comment positive suggestions only when something in my paper was really wrong. This unfortunately has blinded me from the amount of feedback I actually needed. The social and interactive practices I have with my professor in Comp. II, is the extensive feedback I receive on posts along with feedback in the conference meetings. While discussing my Definition Argument position with my professor, he made my thoughts clearer on what should be my main focus argument. I was split between two directions I could take on this topic; comparing Adderall to Meth and saying they’re practically the same, or argue the dangerous effect of prescribing Adderall to children. He directed me towards arguing the negatives of prescribing, since I was more passionate and filled with positions about the prescription effect itself.  Eventually, I explored and discovered a lot about the effects of prescription, making my argument stronger.

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.

Using textual evidence to back up an idea in a writing was always hard for me. The aspect I struggle with is having to find sources, analyze them, and be able to fit them in an assignment correctly. While researching for my stone money assignment, I actually had a very easy time analyzing the given sources and placing them into my paper. The reason for this was due to how interesting and clear subject matter. After reading about the Island of Yap,  listening to the NPR broadcast “How Fake Money Saved Brazil,” and learning about bitcoin, I wanted to use what I learned in my writing to prove my idea. I The outside information I had perfectly correlated with my topic of money’s complexity, which made the process of incorporating outside information in my assignment much easier. If the information I find is strong, relevant, and clear to me, now I know that it I easy to utilize, rather than a cumbersome task.

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.

Being able to analyze the purpose of a visual or a point of view an author has is pertinent in understanding where they are coming from. This assessment of purpose can come from many things, like the tone of the speakers voice, the grammar and phrases someone uses in an argument, even compelling visuals in an ad. et cetera. In my Visual Rewrite, I demonstrated my value of analyzing a visual argument made by the American Lung Association. I came to the conclusion of their argument based on the visual metaphors that were deployed. Things like the mounds of tobacco, and the main character of the commercial climbing up these mountains made the message of the company very clear. There is a lot of detail that goes into a visual, and each little detail does a lot to an argument by either helping or hurting it.

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.

The creation and growth of my White Paper can be credited to all of the academic information that I have acquired from my sources while researching my topic. In this document you will find all of the sources I have found through researching about Adderall. Along with the sources, is short descriptions, or summaries of the source. I can look back Whether the source helps my case, or has a differing idea than my position, I still put it in there.  I even included an illustration of a picture of meth’s chemical makeup side by side with Adderall’s chemical makeup, showing their similarities. The ability to locate academic sources, analyze them, and make that information augment an argument is pertinent for persuasion.

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.

I always make sure to cite my work correctly. In fact, If I, or any other student does it incorrectly, we could get in serious trouble. Academic integrity is a big issue at Rowan, and not complying can cost you a grade. Taking an idea from another person and not crediting them is an example of how you will disobey the academic integrity law. In my Rebuttal, I cited an “Analog Classroom Assessment” study of 30 children with ADHD, the effects of different dosages (5mg, 10mg, 15mg, 20mg), and a placebo to show how the drug performed. After writing, I put the full information about the article, and my other citations in my reference section. In other works like my Visual Rewrite, I even linked the original video to my assignment.

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