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.
I have always understood that writing any kind of paper, essay, or story, to have some sort of quality, there must have more then one revision. In my life, I have had some trouble with doing this because I am a procrastinator. I am a very good procrastinator if I do say so my self. Because of this, my first draft is usually my last, and only, draft. Within this course, I realized early that procrastinating would be very difficult for my survival. Starting right away with the Stone Money assignment I began just a few hours before the deadline. Only having time for one crappy draft doesn’t demonstrate any use of recursive stages to be made. I had my second chance when we had to complete the Stone Money Rewrite. Any professor would say that I could have revised my original at any time, but I am a full time college student and college athlete; there is no more motivation for me to improve one assignment. At the end of this course I have learned to improve my time management, and I even began revising as I went along. Also, I now have a more fuller understanding that I will have more pride in myself, and my work, when I put in that extra effort for it to be my very best.
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.
During the process of the research paper, I have found a good amount of articles, blog posts, and videos that relate to my topic. I noticed that most of them are greatly similar in some aspect. My topic was pretty narrow, so it was to be suspected that little research was done. Most of my sources connected in similar ways. I still used these sources because they always seemed to have one or more claims that weren’t in the other sources, and I would use them. An example of this would be seen in my Definition Argument. As seen in the works cited section, most articles have very similar titles. I used each of the sources, even if it was used for a few claims. I learned researching and reading through articles are important because even if there is only one good claim in the article, it can be effective in the assignment in some way. Also, seeing different kinds of sources will also help support claims are arguments.
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.
While writing papers and the multiple assignments, my audience was obviously Professor Hodges. I kept maybe random reader in mind at times, but for this class’s assignments, I was mostly writing for feedback. This can be seen in my Movie Image assignment. In this assignment I made sure that I was explaining every detail I could for the reader to picture the commercial in their mind. When Professor told us that the reader must see the image without watching the video, I knew what I had to do. In my first draft of this, I thought I captured the gist of the commercial well, and wrote everything the audience needs to know. I received feedback that I should make more claims in my movie image assignment. After I did so, I made a the next rewrite, and I was pretty proud of it. I also asked my mother if she could read it, and if she could picture the advertisement in her mind. If she did, then I knew that I hit all the points.
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.
Evidence to support a claim is support important for making the claim stronger. I learned a lot about this during the last three months. Claims are only claims and arguments if they are not backed up. Stating something is only a sentence, and does not have to be believed. If the claim was supported by evidence, then the claim would now be more true and correct. I have giving some evidence in my Definition assignment. In this assignment I stated multiple claims that were supported by evidence. I explained some scenarios where a professional baseball player struggled to hit a softball pitcher. This evidence supports that though they are the best hitters, they have trouble with the softball kind of pitching.
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.
To write a persuasive paper, it is only fair to include other views of the same topic. Professor explain in the pass assignments that this is a must in our paper. It is also interesting to research a view of a topic that a writer might not agree with. This was seen between my definition argument and my rebuttal argument. The definition argument shows my first thought of my topic and the rebuttal is a argument against that. Doing this is something that I will take out of this class. This can be done in any kind of paper. I feel that this also goes into supporting evidence because the writer is supporting their claim while comparing it to other points of view.