Self Reflective – carsonwentz1186

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 is the first writing class where I have ever really done any serious revision to my work. Professor was gracious and generous enough to give his time to give me recommendations on how to better my work and all I had to do was take them and implement them to the best of my ability. I spent quite some time looking through various sources to use in my paper and I am happy to say I came out with a wide variety of sources to use. I feel that I used this value the best in my Definition Argument as I spent the most time looking through professor’s notes and comments and added two new academic sources to the paper.

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. 

This is something I feel I improved a lot on from my time in the class from beginning to end. Trying to relate different types of sources to one another from all different areas of writing and real life situations is not easy as some sources can be more official and formal than others. I feel I did the best job of this is my Definition Argument and my Causal Argument as in both I connected two different styles of sources and two different types of content as I was able to connect the struggle of large corporations and their salary rifts to how players in an NFL locker room would handle a Quarterback being paid tons of money that could also go to them.

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.

Throughout my three essays I felt that I was successful in addressing the purpose of certain sources and the audiences they were intended for through my wording of citations and phrases. I feel I was the most effective using this core value for my Causal Argument with the use of more casual resources intended for the general public. For example, Bleacher Report released an article detailing how the Seahawks were able to manipulate the cap to help them achieve the goal of winning the super bowl through roster construction, and through the use of tone such as my frank reference toward the Percy Harvin situation “Harvin only played one game the entire season, which was the Super Bowl” really helped emphasize the overall point of the source.

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.

Through all three of my argumentative essays, I felt like I supported my ideas and opinions very well with the sources I used. My Definition Essay was the most effective for me I felt because I used both academic and main media outlet sources to support my ideas effectively. For example, the second paragraph of my Definition Essay contained my overall thesis and hypothesis, and I was able to successfully back it up with the results of a study done by a student at Claremont McKenna College on the correlation between the overcompensation of players and lack of team success resulting from that. Later in my essay I would then connect an academic and casual source to the same point of the Seahawks being the outlier from the common misconception of overpaying the Quarterback to succeed.

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 feel as though I was very successful in all three of my argumentative essays in representing ideas fairly. This is something I have never really struggled with in all my years of writing, however each year it became increasingly difficult to find a preferred form of citation that would fit in most essays I would be writing. This semester made it easy to be effective in doing so as I was not constantly trying to figure out how to fit in a parenthetical citation, and I could just cite a source just like I was writing any regular sentence in the middle of an essay. For example, a citation in my Definition Argument was “An article released in the Baltimore Sun written by Blanca Torres…”

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1 Response to Self Reflective – carsonwentz1186

  1. davidbdale says:

    Rarely—all too rarely!—can I tell from reading Reflective Statements the topic or theme of my students’ research projects. In this case though I am told not only the topic but the specifics of citation and the uses to which the sources were put. Arguments are much more compelling when, like these, they demonstrate their claims. Nice work, CW.


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