Core Value I. My work demonstrates that I used a variety of social and interactive practices that involve recursive stages of exploration, discovery, conceptualization, and development.
Throughout the semester in Composition II, I have learned to validate persistence and understanding in structuring my ideas and writing. Reading and composing processes is one of the ways I comprehend; it allows me to discover and explore ideas. I learned that writing is a multistage process that takes time and reconstruction. I have learned to construct my essays in small steps with revising so it can be perfected and free of error. You can distinguish between local and global revision as a reader and a writer. I am able to revise and be critiqued on my essays in the revision process. I learn from my mistakes that I make in my essays throughout the revision process by my professor. Core value I has taught me to always ask for revisions on my essays. The best example of this is my visual.
Core Value II. My work demonstrates that I placed texts into conversation with one another to create meaning by synthesizing ideas from various discourse communities.
After applying core value II to my work, I understand that texts create meaning and critical analysis. Using core value II helped me explore an issue or question brought up and effectively analyze, challenge, and apply my own perspective to the topic. This is best shown in my stone money paper. I have learned to read a text through the eyes of the writer and to identify the tools and strategies that the author is using in the text, just as a musician can listen to music with a musical ear.
Core Value III. My work demonstrates that I rhetorically analyzed the purpose, audience, and contexts of my own writing and other texts and visual arguments.
Core value III taught me about the importance of audience, purpose and context. These three mechanisms are vital when writing an essay. This core value has taught me to identify my audience and purpose of writing before beginning to construct my writing. This helps make it clear to the reader what my claim is and helps them relate or comprehend my point of view. This goal is shown in my white paper. When writing, I now know to put myself in the position of the reader by making my writing decisions based off of their opinions. This core value also explains the importance of grammatical and mechanical correctness, which takes multiple edits and revisions before the essay is up to standards with the expectations of college level writing.
Core Value IV: 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.
Core value IV helped me stress the importance of supporting my ideas through sources and evidence. When writing, I can now come up with support for my ideas through personal experience, observations, and analogies and not simply based off of opinion. The best example of this is my proposal. When finding research, I usually put it in my own words and try to make my point as clear as possible to minimize confusion among my readers. It is important to create your own ideas and not plagiarize. Core value IV taught me to properly include support from sources in my work and use it effectively to back up my ideas.
Core Value V. My work demonstrates that I respect my ethical responsibility to represent complex ideas fairly and to the sources of my information with appropriate citation.
Core value V taught me to understand the ethical dimensions of writing. Practicing this core value helped me to learn to listen and understand the opinions of others on a topic and to compare them with my own ideas when writing. By keeping an open mind to the views of others, I can now use their opinion to better shape my own writing when analyzing a topic.This is best shown in my casual rewrite. This core value also taught me to look at both sides of a controversial topic in order to better understand it. Core value V teaches to properly credit a source used in a student’s work, which can be done through a properly formatted work cited. I now understand that instead of basing my ideas off of my own opinion, I should consider the opinions and views of others in order to better shape my own ideas.