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 believe that I have definitely met the expectations for this core value. Throughout the semester I received tons of meaningful feedback that I believe I used to the fullest to help develop my research paper as well as other assignments. At first, I was reluctant to fully read all the feedback because I was afraid of it being something along the lines of my hypothesis being bad and having to start over on something completely new, but this was definitely not the case. The feedback I received was harsh at times but it was very useful feedback that I used to make my writing much better. The best example of making good use of feedback would have to be my causal rewrite. The feedback left on my original causal essay helped me realize that there are parts of my writing that can be condensed down from a whole paragraph to just 2 sentences, allowing me to fit more meaningful information into my writing.
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.
Although I may not have been the strongest with this core value, I feel as though I have met the expectations of it. The assignment that I believe best showed this was the Stone Money assignment. For this assignment, I read through multiple texts along with listening to the NPR broadcast and that’s where the critical reading skill was necessary. I then demonstrated the critical reading skill in my writing of the essay itself by connecting different bits of information from different sources to make strong and relevant arguments about money. Not only was I able to link ideas together from multiple different sources, I demonstrated that I was able to take all that information and make my own meaningful arguments and conclusions based on those ideas.
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 feel as though I have met the requirements for core value 3 and to a high degree at that. The assignment in particular that I believe demonstrates core value 3 the best is my Visual Rhetoric assignment. Throughout the entire assignment I made interpretations, to the best of my ability, of every frame of the 30 second long advertisement. I was able to narrow down who the audience of the advertisement might be as well as the purpose of the ad by completely analyzing every scene. For example, within I was able to conclude that the advertisement was not for any specific item as all branding was removed. With the Visual Rhetoric assignment, I also demonstrated my ability to analyze the rhetoric presented in the ad such as being set in an average suburban house to make the viewers feel a sense of familiarity.
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 believe the assignment that best demonstrates my meeting of the requirements presented in core value 4 would be my Rebuttal Essay. For this assignment I was able to base my whole rebuttal off of one source which pretty much says my hypothesis would not work because it would be too expensive to construct the roadways described in my hypothesis. I was then able to take information from other sources to construct a counter to the rebuttal. In particular, I was able to make good use of statistics presented by the IIHS as well as the CDC to help make my writing even more persuasive. In the end, incorporating the facts and statistics from these credible sources are really what made my rebuttal essay complete.
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.
As for core value 5, I believe the assignment that I best demonstrated this in would be my Annotated Bibliography. In my annotated bibliography I made sure that every single source is properly cited in the correct style as instructed. As for my descriptions of the sources, I made sure they were accurate detailings of the contents of each source, making sure to not include any of my own interpretations, keeping it strictly to what the author has written. For the “How I Used It” part of each source, I made sure to write exactly how I used each source and made sure that I used each source in an appropriate manner. I even included sources that were just helpful in developing my thesis and I never ended up actually citing in my writing.