Reflective – clementine

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 met this goal by asking for feedback on my definition essay I wrote in October. When I first started writing about my argument, I did not know how to make my essays flow. Recently, I looked back on this essay to see how I could improve my rewrite and I was appalled by my work! I requested feedback from Professor Hodges for the definition essay so that I would be open to what he had to say and I have implemented his advice into my rewrite. He told me that I needed to stay on topic and to remove every concept that was unnecessary to my original argument. My reaction to my old writing piece made me realize that I have developed my writing skills exponentially.

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. 

In my research position paper, I had to do extensive reading on the phycological aspect in mothers after having an abortion. There was not many sources on this topic, but I found one source that was a gold mine. The article by PloS one had lots of concepts and ideas that I needed to put together on my own. The article was about a study done on woman with their decision making on abortion. I narrowed their thirty page concept down to a paragraph. I used the results and some of the authors input to create an analogy that still aligned with my argument and their argument at the same time. Correctly implementing their ideas to mine was very critical for my research position 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.

In my rebuttal rewrite paper, I demonstrate my awareness to who my audience is. Overtime, I started to get an idea that it would be mostly woman reading my paper who are questioning on having an abortion. Whenever I made a claim, I thought about how my readers’ would react to my claims, and in the next sentence, I debunk what I think they are already thinking. I use this technique of mine countless of times so that they have no choice to keep reading. My knowledge of knowing my audience is very powerful because my paper is more persuasive to them. I strategically placed my arguments against my own rhetorical rebuttals so that my readers would feel more connected to what I have to say.

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.

My bibliography desriptions clearly show the variety of references I used in my paper. I have located sources from credible doctors, credible news reports, reliable institutions, and universities. With all of the statistics in these sources, I have extracted concepts and ideas of my own that support my argument. I also used sources that don’t directly relate to my own argument but oddly, I made them support my argument without twisting information. I have also not directly quoted sources but analyzed the sources’ information with my own words. I present information to my audience and correctly wrap the information with my own ideas. The descriptions in my bibliography allow the readers to see that I have incorporated my own ideas to the research that I have made.

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 absolutely hate when writers twist information that other researchers have conducted so that it can benefit them. I think it is so unethical and shows so much disrespect to the original writer. I make sure in my research position paper that I explain my references the way the authors would want people to explain their work to others. I think this is the ethical writing rule every respected writer should follow. I made sure that I properly cited my sources in my paper so I would not take any credit for their work whatsoever. I also made sure that at least one reference point is mentioned in my paper instead of stating all of the information for a singular source. I can strongly say that I tried my absolute best in respecting other writers and researchers work in my argument piece.

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