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 I demonstrated core value 1 when revising my visual rhetoric assignment. This was the first thing I went through and redid after having a conversation with the professor that made me feel much less anxious about the class as a whole. The first time I went through, I only mentioned minor details and ideas presented which after looking at it now, doesn’t even scratch the surface of content to put out. Going through and actually revising the work actually seemed much more like an activity that I enjoyed doing then just a task I was given. I didn’t realize just how much I missed when I went through the assignment the first time. My short paragraphs of minor details turned into actual visual scenes in my head after taking the time to read the feedback and analyze what was wanted. Changing this made me realize how I would go about fixing my other pieces of work later in the future.

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 used this core value when writing my causal argument. I don’t feel like I fully did the best with this core value then I could have but I had faint uses throughout my essays. In my causal essay specifically, I used articles to try and shift the reader’s point of view on the schooling system to be reformed towards career based and vocational education. This was one of my better uses of the core value in my opinion but I one hundred percent could have used this much more effectively throughout any essay I have written. Looking at it now, I can truly see the effectiveness of this value and may look to revise my essays and add more points in line with this. 

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 believe I displayed this core value in my causal argument. I feel like I analyzed the audience well in this article mainly aiming it towards the older generation to start thinking about the ideas of educational reform. They may think that everything we are learning in school is fine but might not even know what is really going on and need a look into the changes that should be made. I feel as if I did well on this in other writings as well but mainly had a good grasp on it during my causal argument. I want to inform the people about what needs to be changed and hopefully get them to see that my point is correct and the benefits coming from it.

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 I did this well in my rebuttal argument. I stuck straight to my point that I am trying to push and compare two types of learning in an effort to enhance the one method to show the readers it is better than the other. I created an image of the current schooling curriculum and way schools go about things and hopefully the reader can relate to my point and see where I am coming from. Even if they cannot relate, I believe I gave enough evidence to support my point and create illustrations for the reader. I liked how I did this the most in my rebuttal but there were similar points in the other two short arguments that could also fit this core value.

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 I did this well in my annotated bibliography. This seems like the most blatant answer but it is true. I was able to list out all my sources and appropriately cite them for usage in my semester long paper. I would use these sources in my paper to credit the author’s work that contributed to producing my paper and that helped me further indulge myself in my topic. I cite the author and their work even if I did not explicitly paraphrase or quote something from their works on my own for the use of anyone else who happens to be interested in the topic. Citing the author and article also shows academic integrity in which I did the research and have all the sources lined up. No work was stolen with credit and all the author’s work is highly appreciated in helping me dive deeper into my topic.

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