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 class has been one of the most challenging writing classes I have ever had. I say this as the greatest compliment. Never before have I been forced to focus so hard on the words I put on the page and the importance of each one. In response to the feedback I received for my Definition Essay I ended up changing most of the contents. I threw too many terms at the reader without focusing on each one and submitted a condensed version of the final 3000 word argument.  I took out the several terms I tried to originally explain and narrowed in on collaborative consumption. In response to this feedback, I went back and focused more on defining fast fashion and slow fashion for 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 think the best demonstration of Core Value 2 is represented in the Visual Rhetoric  assignment we had to do. This assignment forced us to look into the deeper meaning of EVERYTHING that you see when you watch an ad. The point of an ad is to communicate ideas through visuals. Everything in an ad is placed there for a certain reason, nothing is there for you to see that doesn’t make you draw a connection to something else. 

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’ve never had to think so hard in a writing course and this class forced me to identify rhetoric arguments and see their effectiveness in persuading a reader. I was able to demonstrate this core value in my  Definition Essay. In the introduction I prompt the reader to think about the environmental impact that a $3 top really causes. The purpose of making the statement was to force the reader to recall the last time they were online shopping and chose the cheaper shirt without thinking about the implications it has. 

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.

In this class we were told to have our own ideas and that there was no point in writing about an opinion on a topic that has already been explored. We were challenged to think of counterintuitive statements to guide our research papers. In my Rebuttal Argument I was able to look into other ways to dispose of clothing. By looking at all the different options and their environmental impacts I was able to build a case as to why donating to thrift stores is the best option.  

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. In all of my writing I cited my sources when taking direct quotes from articles. In my  Rebuttal Argument I was able to respect the opinions of those who had other alternatives to disposing clothes. I prioritized the logical over the emotional by looking at the data I found to draw conclusions about which method was best for the environment.

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