Core Value 1. My work demonstrates that I use a variety of social and interactive practices that involve recursive stages of exploration, discovery, conceptulization, and development.
This class had us really analyzing the work we were doing, a lot more than I had ever done in any previous writing class. I am thankful for this because I will have a lot of writing classes in the future, so I think this has prepared me well for it. In doing these projects, I did take my time choosing the right sources that accuratly depicted what I wanted to say in my writing. I think that this is best seen in my causal argument, due to the fact that it takes into account the many reasons why I even chose my topic. I had to research it heavily and pick out the sources I felt best showed the points I was trying to convey.
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.
We had been told from the beginning of this paper how to incorporate quotes from sources. In my research paper’s topic, I had a lot of ground to cover, which meant I had to use my sources efficiently. I think what worked best for me was explaining the context of the source and then diving into just how it is important to my hypothesis. I feel that this was most effectively shown in my rebuttal argument, mainly because I was very specific about the sources I was using and how I used them. Not only did I pick out sources that helped my arguments, but I was able to use them in such a way that I could refute the arguments that opposed my hypothesis.
Core Value 3. My work demonstrates that I rhetorically analyzed the purpose, audience, and conexts of my own writing an other texts and visual arguments.
In the beginning I was having trouble figuring out how to best target this topic towards a specific group (and there is a specific group that would benefit from reading this). But as I kept writing and researching, the more I realized that this would be a good topic for most, if not all Americans to hear. Because of this feeling, I knew I had to come off as unbiased as I possibly could, and try to see everything from both sides. It definetely was not easy at times, but I would say this was best displayed in my causal argument, mainly because I was presenting facts that worked well with my argument. It worked out well, one of the reasons I think that my causal argument in my strongest one overall.
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.
There is definitely no shortage of sources to use for my topic. In fact, I had a good deal of trouble trying to find the best ones to use. The argument that best utilized the sources was the causal argument. Since there were many reasons for the topic of media bias becoming so prominent today, I went back and got sources that I felt accurately showed how Trump became President through this narrative, and furthered the narrative while in office. I showed through my selected sources how he used the media to help his name, how he used social media to gain supporters, as well as pushing the narrative of fake news. Because I was able to build a good background through these sources, it helped push my hypothesis a long way.
Core Value 5. My work demonstrates that I respect my ethical responsability to represent complex ideas fairly and to the sources of my information with appropriate citation.
I felt that throughout my entire essay, I used my citations as a way to further my argument. I used them in strategic places to grab the readers attention to the fact that I had support for my claims. A lot of those ended up being towards the front of the paragraphs I put them in, but I am ok with that because I feel that it got the job done in that regard. Never once did I not cite a source, I had good reference pages put together. However, I think that my annotated bibliography is the task that best displays this value because it literally has what the source is and how I incorporated it. Those explanations are accurate and insightful as to why the source was used.