Reflective — SmilingDogTheProfWants

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 my white paper is my best example of interactive practices. My white paper is where I decided to stay with my topic after searching the web to find statistics about obesity and came to the conclusion that though my topic would be difficult it would be what I wanted to do. I worked through my thesis several times to conclude on the main idea by discussing it with my friends and my mom for at least an hour each (did not expect the conversation to last so long). I spent a lot of time with my idea, worried it wouldn’t make sense to people but after those conversations, I was confident I could get my point across if I kept in mind all the counter arguments thrown at me.

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. 

My most successful paper with critical reading was my Stone money paper. The paper took the ideas from the podcast and put them into summarized passages with excerpts from the text version in meaningful ways as I explained the purpose of the conversation leading to that summarized conclusion. My work flowed from one idea to the next without glossing over parts I didn’t understand and doing my best to mimic how the podcast presented their ideas, starting from the island and ending up in the federal banking system. Using my own understanding of the stone money passage and the Venezuela incident I felt I was able to form a logical and well put together article that explained the basics of a topic that I had not known a single thing about 2 hours before writing it.

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.

My best example and my favorite piece I wrote would be the revised visual rhetoric paper. I spent every fraction of a second on that video looking for exactly what the film tried to portray and everything they might have been implying without clearly stating it was occurring. I was able to pick out details and describe them with enough depth that my friend said he might as well have just read the paper rather than watch the video. I used past knowledge of symbolism and real experiences with my visual piece to conclude on several of the points I touched on and without I wouldn’t have been able to make a piece that gets the points across to someone with no connection and that’s why I’m so proud of 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.

My Safer saws post is my best work for this core value. The majority of the paper is finding an article and reading what it’s about and the arguments presented in each, personally, I enjoyed grabbing those articles because it showed in my work that every line I wrote was based on evidence that itself was also made of several sources. Every idea presented was linked to what was seen in videos and in articles but with an analysis of what those ideas are presenting whether intentional or not. It was a fun critical analysis of the work and provided me with many ways to understand how quotes are interpreted and used to further someone’s claims.

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. 

The best example of this core value is my Robust Verbs. I cover the ideas stated in the article in a way that even if someone that didn’t agree with me read my work they should have been able to understand the issue and form an independent idea. Although I found myself very convincing as one of the few arguments that covered the idea that the plan to deal with the addicts was a good temporary idea and fix the solution down the line rather than copying what the text says and saying it’s good or bad and that it shouldn’t be done, I provided the idea that it is functional and had its place in fixing the problem.

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