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.
Any of my essays reflect that I spend time reflecting and rewriting based on feedback I obtain, not only from my professor, but also from family, friends, and other students. Specifically I requested and received quite a bit of feedback on the Causal Argument piece from friends and family.
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.
In my Research Position Argument and my Rebuttal Argument, I chose sources that conflicted with one another and examined how the arguments work in context with one another. In the Research Position Argument specifically I took sources from politically liberal and politically conservative sources and examined how they interact.
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.
In all of my essays it is clear that I write with the audience in mind; I avoided talking up or down to my audience, and presented my arguments in clear, simple English that was intentionally approachable. I tried never to stray from the point that was being made, and always put my writing in the context of the other pieces that were supporting mine.
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.
In my Research Position Argument, all of my claims and premises were drawn from and supported by hard facts that I found from credible sources and interpreted. The opinion pieces were used in the spirit they were intended and to the intended audience.
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.
In my Research Position Argument, I did my best to represent both sides fairly; I intentionally avoided shortening quotes when that shortening made the authors’ intentions unclear or misleading in the context of the argument. Similarly in my Rebuttal Argument I preserved the rationality of the arguments as presented in the article, regardless of my opinion on the issue.