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.
In my essay I unfortunately did not take advantage of the editing sources that were given to me. I regret not using the notes that Professor Hodges left me as they were very in depth and could have made my paper so much better and maybe even interested people a little more. While this was not my first research paper I do feel as if I have done better on my past papers but if a perfect work and life did not happen I would have enjoyed writing this paper. I also tend to write for myself and not for an audience as I tend to forget other people can read the paper other than the professor. I also have never written a paper this way like writing separate pieces and then piecing them together to make one big research paper. I think that makes it a lot less stressful as you do not have to worry about sitting down and writing a whole 3000 word paper in one sitting.
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.
Personally I love reading argument pieces because I love to see opinions from all sides even though I most likely will not agree with their opinions. I love to read them. When I was trying to find articles for my essay it was a little difficult to find because ethanol is supposedly something amazing and the best thing to happen. As much as I love to read other peoples argument essays I am pretty stone faced when it comes to my own opinion but no one will change my mind on what it is set on. I believe that my paper hits the minimum of portraying visually how ethanol can have a good and bad effect on the environment and allows the readers to see both sides and be able to make a good opinion based on the essays.
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.
Like we have talked about in class I also believe that every piece of writing can be an argumentative piece whether it be a grocery list or a big research paper like this one. So to me identifying a specific argument essay can be a little tough because even if it is an opinion piece then that could still be an argument piece. I think when creating my essay I was able to easily demonstrate my adaptability to everything in the essay from the very beginning when I had to find something that was counterintuitive. I personally love to write essays to bring awareness to the environment specifically ocean pollution but I really struggled to find a counterintuitive topic until I talked with Professor Hodges about my life in Iowa for the past couple years when I was able to adapt and land on the topic of ethanol.
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.
When it comes to research I am not that good at reading articles as I tend to read the title and then skim over the article to see if I can find something. However, finding those articles to research it was particularly easy to find different points of view on ethanol and I was able to identify which article was reliable or which was just something like a blog. Luckily since I was researching something that had to do with a branch of the government, reliable sources were easy to find. I believe that my articles work well with my paper and they are easy enough to find and understand if you go through the sources I have set out at the end of the paper.
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.
I believe that my paper is there to show both sides of the argument but I made it clear which side I am on although my opinion doesn’t matter it just matters that I make it clear which side the essay is on. I think my conclusions in my essays are made clear at the end of each form of essay and even the beginning I think I make it clear on what I am talking about. In my paper with my sources I believe that I give credit where credit is due and the sources are there to back that up. I believe that my essay follows the rules of academic integrity when it comes to plagiarism as I had no reason to plagiarize.
Each of your Core Value descriptions is unique in its way, Dunkin. Your take is not like any others’. I’ve told you my own disappointment that your semester did not turn out as productive as we both hoped it would, but I’m very happy if all you picked up was this small lesson: “When it comes to research I am not that good at reading articles as I tend to read the title and then skim over the article to see if I can find something. However, finding those articles to research it was particularly easy to find different points of view on ethanol and I was able to identify which article was reliable or which was just something like a blog.” You don’t quite draw the conclusion I was hoping for (that you now recognize the value of engaging with other people’s work to learn from them rather than pick nuggets from them), but maybe you meant that and didn’t quite say so.