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.
The interaction between the student and the professor happens through the students’ writing. For this class, we had many assignments, three of which included a Definition Argument, a Causal Argument and a Rebuttal Argument. With each short paper, we were to post on the blog publicly for all our classmates to see. Not only did they had a chance to see our work, but our professor did as well. The social practices that were embedded into each argument usually happened if the papers were in the “Feedback Please” category. But of course, there were other ways in which our papers were seen, like by our classmates too. This is the spot where our professor was able to give us feedback and subtle notes to help improve our writing on that specific assignment. After receiving a reply from our professor, we were to take that advice and incorporate it in our writing, and also reply back to say if it was helpful. The first ever assignment posted called My Hypothesis demonstrated this value.
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.
The research aspect of each assignment, and how well we connect each text demonstrates this core value. It also wants us to make sure we get a better understanding of how the text wants us to interpret its meaning by finding inspiration through other pieces of work. When doing the Safer Saws assignment, I looked at other classmates’ posts to help me understand the different types of claims. I also critically read the articles that were provided for the assignment to know that each claim represented a specific type. Everyone had different claims, but explaining why each claim was a certain one were very similar.
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.
The saying “know before we go,” is essentially the point of this core value. We have to understand who the target audience is and what our main point we’re trying to make. Not only do we have to evaluate our own writing, but take into consideration other points of views and angles that can be made. The point of the Rebuttal Argument was to find a way to refute our best thesis. By doing this, we had to look at other writings than our own to analyze all the possibilities that can come out of one topic. For mine, it was the placebo effect. I wrote about how open-labeled placebos have more of an effect than giving patients placebos using deception. I had to find a source that refuted my original argument about open-labeled which made me explore the alternative options of my main thesis.
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 whole research process is the main idea of this core value. We had to find sources and evaluate each one by breaking them down to its core. One of the processes that required us to look at the articles in depth, was the Purposeful Summaries assignment. Doing this assignment lets you step in the author’s shoes for a little to try to express their interpretation of the topic. Along with the summaries, we were to relate them to how it applies to our main focus of our own writing. Each article may not have the exact information we were looking for, but locating the key parts of them caused us to dig deeper than what was on the surface.
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.
The importance of giving the proper recognition to our sources is essential to a research paper. It is our responsibility to cite the author(s) of the articles we use for inspiration for our own writing. The Annotated Bibliography does just that. We had to say the background, how we used each source and a proper citation. This gives credit and what exactly we used them for. We shouldn’t twist the words of the authors either because it’s our responsibility to fairly represent the original ideas in our own words. It is important to have the citations in APA format in which we used a link in one of the agendas to provide help. In each of the arguments and the big research paper, there is a references section at the end of all of them. Those sources are just for the specific assignment, but this section presents appropriate citations.