Reflective Statement – pomegranate

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 practiced this core value while constructing my research essay. I feel as though this would be a good example for this core value because of the fact that I had to think of an out of the ordinary idea. With this idea, I had to explore the internet and find people and findings that too thought my idea was legit, and things that supported the notion. That steep notion being, mattress stores could be the home of money laundering scams. I never was really able to write about absolutely anything I wanted and I really enjoyed having that freedom while writing this essay throughout the semester. That is why I feel as though the research essay and this core value really relate because I felt comfortable exploring, discovering, conceptualizing, and developing knowledge that had to do with my idea. I feel as though me writing something in which I enjoyed helped me grow as a writer.

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. 

I practiced this core value when making my annotated bibliography. This assignment proves that I really looked into what my sources had to say. I picked out important information that could benefit me getting information and my point across within my research essay. I picked things that would clearly support my side in which mattress stores are the homes for money laundering scams. However, the annotated bibliography shows that I was able to see further into my sources and find useful information that would help me fully construct my paper with points that truly portray the message I am trying to get across. The background portion of the annotated bibliography was essentially a purposeful summary, in which it gives all the important details of the source. The how I used it portion explains what I did to use these sources and how they tied into my paper. This helped me grow as a writer because I am now able to find good, valuable information rather than just throw things into a paper, even though these assignments may look like it.

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.

I practiced this core value when writing my visual rhetoric assignment. During the rhetoric assignment, I very thoroughly analyzed a 30- second video. I have never done something like this before and it was actually kind of surprising how much info I could get from a short clip. Every second, we learned, has something different that the viewer should notice so that they can get a clear idea of what is actually going on in the video. This, to my surprise, actually helped me pick out different things I didn’t know I could while watching a video. The video had to do with bullying, but still I could get so much more out of the video. There are certain things I didn’t know mattered, but the author really puts things into the ad that do matter and I was, for once, able to pick out almost every detail and explain how it ties to the ad. I feel as though that is a good enough reason as to why the visual rhetoric ties to core value three. The visual rhetoric helped me grow as a writer because I am now able to go deeper into an authors work and find things that truly matter and identify them.

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 also practiced this core value while writing my research essay.  I feel as though this essay ties to this core value because I had to do a lot of interpreting and explaining when it come to expressing my idea of my opinion of how my idea of mattress stores tying into money laundering scams could be true. I had to find different sources and backgrounds for my idea and incorporate them into my paper making something so big and so full of information. It may have not been my best work, but it definitely was an improved paper from past years. I feel as though this paper taught me how to grow as a writer because I know what readers do and don’t want to read. This core value explains that I have to pick out certain things from information I find to make a well-written paper, and I feel as though the research essay was a good example of that. I feel as though this helped me grow because now I have the ability of being able to incorporate ideas and put them into a paper.

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 feel as though I practiced this pretty well in my causal rewrite. I feel as though I was able to do a good job taking my sources and spreading them out throughout the paper while producing valuable information. I also feel as though this particular writing piece helped me really use my sources and mesh them in, and hopefully well, to really get my point across to the reader. In my rewrite I could see a few things that I did wrong and I was able to change them to get the best stance possible when it comes to money laundering scams playing a huge roll within mattress stores. Using sources have never really been my favorite thing because when I write I simply just write and I just keep bouncing off of my own ideas, and I think it sounds good, and logical, but it is not reliable information, obviously. However, like I said, my causal rewrite really helps explain my information and where I got it from. I believe this helped me grow as a writer because I now am able to spread my sources over a variety of different essays and also make good use of them.

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