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.
Finding a lot of sources that would support my ideas was hard for me to do. I didn’t know what to search up at first. I just started typing out random phrases that dealt with my topic and eventually I was able to figure out how I should go about my research. What best displays this core value is my Hypothesis. By starting out small, I was able to piece together some arguments that would help validate the points that I set out to prove. Despite the fact that it took me a lot of time, I was able to eventually see my path. The way that I learned how to come up with a hypothesis is something that I recommend for everyone to try. This method of brainstorming is very effective depending on the person and their topic.
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.
Putting ideas together is a skill that I need to work on. I often tend to summarize topics instead of correlating them with one another. It’s definitely a handy skill to have in my arsenal. I was able to display this core value when writing my causal argument. I had multiple ideas on different ways police brutality could be caused. It could have been caused by cops feeling threatened all the time so they are always on guard 24/7, or it could have been another reason such as the people attempting to provoke cops into becoming abusive of their power. There were a lot more reasonings besides the ones I had already introduced and being able to relate them was difficult. The ideas were fine, but not all of them were able to help prove the point that I was trying to make.
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.
It is always a good idea to know who one is speaking to. Depending on who the person is addressing will determine how they will deliver their message. Executing the message is always important and I was able to do that in my visual rhetoric essay. I explained the meanings of the little details in the video I had chosen. I was also able to identify who the video was directed towards and the reason for the video being created in the first place. There was a lot to talk about for an advertisement that was only about 30 seconds long. I liked the assignment because without playing the sound, it allowed me to really think about the context of the video.
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.
Being able to evaluate certain ideas shows that you are good at processing information and making a conclusion from it. The best representation of this core value is my white paper. I was able to come up with my topics and sort them out into different categories. This helped with the organization of my paper and I use it as a template for other projects similar to it. The white paper is like coming up with a game plan and figuring out how to properly execute it. It was easy to get my ideas out and figure out the direction that I wanted to head in.
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. My ideas are usually all over the place and sometimes it’s hard to remember where I received these ideas from. I was able to write down my sources and represent this core value best in my annotated bibliography. It has the records of where my ideas came from. Learning how to represent my sources properly was tricky for me at first, but as I went about it with the help of some examples, I was able to create my annotated bibliography in that way.