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 just want to thank my classmates and Professor Hodges for helping me improve my papers. Throughout the semester, I looked for important ways to improve my writing. Having the option to ask for feedback please helped me with my rewrites. The feedback I received for my Casual Argument was awesome. At first, I was actually clueless and my second conference with Professor Hodges helped me jump start my argument. Learning ways I could grab my information out of sources or even shorting my argument into different paragraphs was a big key. As the semester started to slow down, I realized that I could now make better papers with just asking for feedback.

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. 

At the beginning of the semester, I learned how to properly cite sources without committing plagiarism. Professor Hodges often explained to us that it’s okay to have a lot of sources in an argument. I realized the having different perspectives but the same position on an argument can help your argument. In my Research Paper, I used a lot of sources but also followed the correct APA format. Starting a conversation with the author claims helps to start a conversation a lot better than just the claim and page number. Classmates would comment on my post when spotting an error with my mechanics. I learn how to synthesize my ideas based on all on my sources named in my Research Paper.

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.

Learning how to analyze the purpose of a piece is very important. In my visual rhetoric, I learned how to take information out of a piece without words. Finding the meaning of a piece by just going through a video second by seconds. My first post failed because of some bad techniques, but the feedback helped me improve. My Visual Rewrite was a lot better than the first one because I didn’t leave out information. The readers could now understand what’s going on and not be clueless throughout the visual. The feedback helped me improve my argument and gain better information from my sources.

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.

Throughout the semester, I found a lot of sources helping or arguing with my argument. Learning how to get sources from Google Scholar helped my Rebuttal Argument. The skills helped me pick out the best information and apply it to my argument without switching sides. My topic is very controversial, so it’s important to fall back from a lot of sources with the author’s opinions. Learning how to apply sources and finding ones with just information helped me with not just my Rebuttal, but all of my arguments.

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. 

Appropriate citations are very important in this class. In Comp 1 we never used APA, but I had to learn fast because of that’s what we used in Comp 2. Taking somebody’s work without citing is just wrong. The skills I’ve learned in this class helped me be fair to all of the authors of my sources. I understand that it’s my responsibility to get ideas from the outside, but being fair by including the author in the sentence. Today, I understand how to properly cite in APA format and stay away from inside citations.

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