Reflective Statement- HazelnutLatte

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.

I made sure to use, to my full ability, every source possible in order to edit my papers in the efficient amount of stages that they required. A perfect piece of writing is never crafted on the first draft, and must be revised multiple times to make sure that it is in the best shape that I could have made it to be in. In order to meet this goal I had to make sure that I was constantly looking for feedback in my writing, and making changes as I received feedback. I revised my essays multiple times on the day that I wrote them, and then went back and revised them again when writing my rewrites. I met this goal by working on my rewrites for the mini essays, for example, the causal essay. I read over my causal argument multiple times, editing, and perfecting my work with each revision.

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. 

To achieve this goal I made sure to have multiple sources intertwine with one another throughout my research paper. In order to ensure that all of my research demonstrated that I read critically, I made sure to go through each source carefully and pull the most important information from each text, and cited them throughout my work. This helped me support my reasonings, connect different ideas together, and further explain my hypothesis in more detail. Without doing this, my sources and evidence would have no significant meaning to the reader. The texts from my sources were explained in order to give the reader a better understanding of what my paper was really about, and how every piece of evidence related to one another.

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 all my pieces, especially the research assignment, I connected other author’s ideas to my own by citing the sources within my text. I achieved this goal by making sure that my ideas could be supported or argued by another’s and explained their purpose by comparing the two ideas. Using in text citations allowed me to show how my evidence either backs up my argument or how it refutes my argument, and allowed my readers to see an insight into the ideas and theories of other researchers. Without these in text citations and further evidence, my paper would have had no point to it other than to give my opinion. The purpose was to create a hypothesis and research to discuss the issue at hand, and give the readers the facts of what I have found, and not just an opinion that I had created.

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.

I demonstrated this core value by pulling together my resources and evaluating each one of them in every one of my pieces. By evaluating each source that I have gathered, I was able to support and back up my own ideas throughout my research assignment. I have especially met this goal in my visual rhetoric assignment where I have evaluated each scene, every second, to support what I believed was happening in each scene. By evaluating the illustrations I was able to give evidence as to what was happening without the audio being on. The interpretations that I wrote about, based on the visual evidence of the video that I was watching were correct when I went back and watched the video with sound. This showed that I had met my goal of effectively locating, evaluating, and incorporating illustrations and evidence to support my own ideas and interpretations.

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 achieved the goal of meeting this core value because even when my evidence and sources refuted my hypothesis, I made sure to give credit where credit is due through citations, and I explained the other author’s ideas with respect. Even if I did not agree with what an author from one of my sources wrote, I still included their opinion to ensure that my paper was the best research paper that it could be. In my rebuttal essay, there were many cases that involved the study of schizophrenics involved in homicide. One study refuted my argument that schizophrenia alone causes violence in people, but I made sure to properly and fairly represent the ideas in the source and give a citation where needed.

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