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.
This core value had a significant impact on all of my assignments. The feedback that I was given provided me with constructive criticism to help me analytically assess my work. One example of how this core value applies to me is my visual rhetoric assignment. There were a few things in the assignment I did not do correctly that I have completely missed. The feedback that I received from my professor pointed me in the right direction to understand what I need to correct and how to properly expand on my ideas and provide some examples to make them more clear. I was a bit disheartened with the amount of feedback I received for each assignment, but I know that not everything can be perfect and there is always room for improvement.
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 believe that this core value resonated with the rebuttal argument the most. I evaluated oppositions towards my argument and tried to interpret the author’s opinion in order to address it. It helped me better understand what has value in culture and determine what is ethically bad or good when incorporating one’s culture based on examples. One example that was commonly used was Kylie Jenner’s cornrow controversy and how it was interpreted differently amongst users. Many believed that she was respecting culture while others thought she was exploiting it. Although, I found it to be more difficult to distinguish the difference between each of the authors’ oppositions on cultural appropriation because their arguments were very similar. It was small details in their arguments that better helped me figure out how each opposing side contrasts.
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.
This core value is also showcased in the rebuttal essay. I had to take a deep assessment of the information provided on both sides. I wanted to be certain that I provided in an objective manner the spirit of what the authors wanted to relay. The rebuttal essay pushed me to examine whether I had sufficient examples to demonstrate an objective and equitable argument for both sides. I was able to show both sides of the argument and provide examples of what something is supposed to be and how people can interpret it differently. Another challenge in this essay was that as I did the research, I already felt strongly about a certain side so staying objective towards both sides was difficult. Some examples would be how people believe that cultural appropriation is cultural appreciation or the argument that the use of a culture is all for a business.
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.
This core value gave me a lot of difficulty with my essays. However, I believe the annotated bibliography is more involved with this core value. I needed to select research that identified major topics that are relevant to my hypothesis. I struggled a lot with finding decent resources that were scholarly and properly analyze my research and cite it appropriately. I had to look through a large amount of websites and digital files to find the kind of information that could support my arguments. However, what made me very nervous about the research was how the majority of my search results were from popular sites. Eventually, I managed to find articles that provide good information and examples for both cultural appropriation and appreciation. I was also able to evaluate persuasive types of writing.
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 believe that my definition essay best resonates with this core value. After I was given the feedback from my professor, I was a bit distressed with how I made the one mistake I was trying to avoid when it comes to writing an essay. I misinterpreted how I am supposed to properly cite my work which led me to do the exact opposite by accident. I went back to this essay and attempted to properly cite each of the participants. In addition, I tried to provide the arguments responsibly so that way they were objective and in the author’s voice. This led me to become more cautious about citing my work properly by making it my first priority when I am about to incorporate it.