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 have demonstrated core value one through my writing and researching process. The process was not always in the reading, researching, discussing, and writing process but often made me go out of order. An example of this was in my Rebuttal Argument where I had to rebuttal counter arguments with my previous sources I already found. While writing I found some of my counterarguments to be weak in which I went back to researching topics in order to understand my own argument better. This process of going back and forth in order to strengthen my own argument. My argument was not just strengthened but also helped me develop even more ideas about the subject and possible effects to the reader.
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 was able to demonstrate my critical reading skills through my research that I have composed over the course of the semester. These sources included arguments driving my options and refuting my opinion. While combining these sources I was able to better understand the topic and create a conversation. The first example of me accomplishing this is my Definition Essay. The definition argument was the first time during this semester that my hypothesis and sources were combined to create a conversation. This conversation continued and developed over the next two arguments and into my research position paper which showed my understanding of core value two.
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 was able to demonstrate my ability to analyze a reading or video to understand the message the author is trying to convey to an audience. I am also able to vocalize to the reader in a specific context what I analyzed and what the meaning was. The best example of core value 3 is the Visual Argument. In the visual argument I was able to express understanding of each of the elements of a video, along with understanding the audience. I pretended that the audience was blind and unable to see the video, so each element of the video was described. Each element, such as a dark hallway has a purpose and was expressed. This understanding of the video and explanation of each element represents core value 3.
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.
Over the course of the semester I was able to demonstrate core value four by supporting my ideas by incorporating illustrations I found during the research process. I was able to evaluate each source to make sure they were academic sources and use each in my papers. Each of the three arguments that have been written over the course of the semester have used these sources to support my own ideas. The best example then of core value four is the Research Position Paper. The research position paper used sources from all three argument essays and also combined with more ideas to refute counter arguments to further strengthen my position.
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 expressed core value five by making sure each source had the proper citations. Each citation gave proper respect to the author or research organization that I used. I used core value five in my Causal Argument. I gave an intro to each source and explained what they were going to say. I then either quote or paraphrase what the source said. We were asked not to enter parenthetical citations at the end of each sentence, and to instead just address the author at the beginning of the sentence to give them credit. At the end of the essay the links and APA citations were given for each source so that whoever reads by article can check out the page for themselves.