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.
Throughout my time in David Hodges’ COMP II course, I often found myself casually arguing over an idea or concept we were going over in that lecture. Given that class is based around thinking counterintuitively, these harmless arguments were perfect examples of interactive practices that got me challenging ideas as well as seeing ideas from a different perspective. The best example of one of these arguments is when I spent 15 minutes of class time arguing about a card riddle, he proposed to us during class. I took it to the next step and applied an algorithm I learned in my math course to try and prove Hodges incorrect, only to be ultimately wrong myself. The value being, interactive practices that lead to exploration and discovery, among many other arguments during class show that I met this goal in my first couple days of class.
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.
This valued is most reflected in a student that searches carefully for sources that represent perspectives that aren’t immediately obvious. This value is especially obvious in my rebuttal argument. I carefully selected an article in which the author talked about numerous other articles inside of it. Along with testing the quotation mechanics we learned early, I got the perspectives from many qualified authors whos quotes I could use together to pinpoint the problems with their argument and ultimately shutdown many different arguments all at once.. After going through this course, I find myself looking for different perspectives from a variety of people to find the most information possible, and I’m doing this because I now know, through counterintuitively, how many different ways people can comprehend different ideas.
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.
This value is most reflected in my visual rhetoric agreement. While writing the visual rhetoric I made sure to write in the perspective of somebody that didn’t know the ad was about the flu shot. Through each second of the video I looked at every little detail in the frame to find any information possible to discover the purpose of the ad as quickly as possible. I also looked to leave out details that I concluded from already knowing what the ad was about in order to analyze the purpose properly. Through these details I was able to conclude it was an ad about sickness within the first 3 seconds of the ad. This shows that I effectively rhetorically analyzed the purpose of the ad and implemented it effectively in my own writing.
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.
I best reflect this value in my casual argument. My casual argument uses the most evidence of my three arguments. I prove each of the topics I’m covering with multiple sources, and multiple quotes from those sources. I also carefully picked the quotes to support my own interpretations while also keeping the integrity of the writers viewpoint in tact. When writing in details about a topic that my reader may not be certain about even though I was, I made sure to find a credible source and include a reference to back up my own idea.
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 make sure to carefully cite all sources accurately and responsibly to avoid confusion when reading. When including a quote that takes an obvious side of an argument I made sure the author’s standing on that topic was consistent with the rest of their article. Doing this kept me from accidentally taking something out of context within a quote. This is best noticed in my rebuttal argument as I had to find articles against my source and make sure those author’s perspective’s stayed consistent and that their quotes were not taken out of context.