Reflective – BabyGoat

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.

One of my works that demonstrates interaction practices states in Core Value is my Definitive Essay. With my first draft, I worked and got my main ideas down. But, Professor Hodges has gave so much great constructive criticism. Everything that was missing and off with my writing was brought to my attention in great detail by Professor Hodges. This type of interaction helps me acknowledge my weaknesses and better my writing. One issue was that I didn’t make my topic fully known. He said my work was a little too broad. With this in mind, I knew I had make sure I focused on one point and made it totally clear. He also mentioned that I wrote a little to much in the beginning of my essay and that a reader may get overwhelmed. I now know to cut back on wordy paragraphs.

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 Rebuttal Essay. For this piece of writing I had to research information from two different viewpoints and put them into my writing. One on side of the argument I write about how some people may think music is a distraction and how it negatively affect people. For example, pop music and rap music on the radio emphasize drugs, violence, and sexual activity. And for the other side I wrote about how music can help broaden people’s minds and maybe even help children with memorization and concentration. For my rewrite, I have to make it more cohesive with the rest of writings, though. I feel that I the main idea is there, but I have to make it fit in with the meaning of the whole research essay.

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.

For Core Value 3, I would like to think that my Visual Rhetoric fits in this category. For the Visual Rhetoric I watched a 30 second video of a father and his son. The father and son were home alone and doing the worm dance. But the very beginning of the video would’ve made one think that a disaster was going on. For about every couple seconds, I described each frame in great detail. While explaining every frame, I tried to make it easy to follow for a reader who has not seen the video. I went in to great detail about the background, the clothing the people wore, the type of people, the actions taking place, the facial expressions, and even camera movements. I even tried to break down what I think the directed wanted to us to interpret as the video went on. This assignment helped me realize that great writing/films have depth and everything has a meaning.

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 Core Value 4 was met by my Causal Essay. With this writing I took my time to use my own knowledge about the topics as well as outside information. But, I mostly used the outside information to help support my own ideas and knowledge. Even though I had information in my head I wanted to double check and make sure the information I was providing to the reader was correct. I think with this particular writing I used as details as I could to try to help the reader understand the difference in musical keys, the timbre of instruments, processed effects and the emotion caused by them. I even used actual songs as examples to help push my idea.

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 personally feel that my annotated bibliography fits this fifth core value. Annotated bibliographies shows where and how you got the information for your work, and also, how you used the information. If I lacked research my writing would not be full or trustworthy. But, adding information that didn’t come from own brain or backs up my own ideas would mean that I have no respect for writing ethics. And especially in schooling, I could get in big trouble. Acknowledging the creators of my newly learned information shows that I have respect. If I take a quote from another writer and put it in my writing, I would have to “cite” my work, which means I list the author and the work of where I got my piece of information. Taking pieces of information from different authors and crediting them is perfectly fine. But, taking pieces of information and using it like your own is a big negative.

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