Reflective- Pinkmonkey32

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.

I showed perseverance and openness in developing my ideas and writing through time while working on my white paper. In the beginning of this course my original hypothesis I created was about Law of attraction and through my research on my white paper I came across other topics that Interested me, one being human robot interaction. While then finding more sources for my white paper on human robot interaction I completely scrapped all of it due to an article I came across about Vancouver’s drug epidemic. From that point on I had to recreate a new hypothesis and write completely new short argument essays. Over this time I gathered numerous sources on my white paper and continuously expanded upon my knowledge on the subject. I showed perseverance through multiple rewrites of essays as well as the countless revisions to my white paper in order to develop my hypothesis

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. 

I analyzed and synthesized ideas through a complex argument, by exploring issues, answering questions, and developed my own ideas to further an existing conversation. One piece of work I feel shows this is my Persuasive Research Paper. In this paper I took my 3 previous short arguments (definition, causal, and rebuttal) and combined them to create an essay that embodied 3 different perspectives and multiple layers of topics within my researched idea. By combining these I created a complex argument that not only gave valuable information about the topic but also covered the questions and criticism that this idea usually receives. My essay educated readers on multiple different fronts and left little room for doubt in my readers mind. Not only did I include the 3 essays but I intertwined them so that my ideas meshed together to form over larging topics with categories within.

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.

I showed that I could Identify and evaluate rhetorical choices in my work as well as others. During my Visual Rhetoric Assignment I was tasked to watch a video and closely evaluate the choices made and why they were made in perspective to the argument or message being made. While doing this work I went frame by frame picking apart the fragmented details and acknowledging their purpose in the video. Taking away from this assignment that everything is put there for a reason and to make you feel a certain way, and writing is the same. My complete analysis of the video showed my understanding of rhetoric and how it is used. It also created the idea that every piece of writing is an argument.

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 showed that I could appropriately identify public, academic, and disciplinary information and evaluate it for usefulness. I used this in all my short arguments but especially in my Definition Short Argument. In my Definitional argument I knew the importance of having statistics as well as factual based information. I picked sources that specifically favored my perspective and helped advance my argument to the reader. These sources were placed specifically in certain points throughout the essay to give certain ideas the push and evidence they needed to persuade the reader. I molded these sources into what I wanted them to say and not necessarily what they were saying. This is an important skill in using sources in their most useful way.

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 showed academic integrity and created boundaries between my voice and the voices of others appropriately by citing them and referencing them at the end of my arguments as well as creating an annotated bibliography to show their work. It is important to acknowledge the ideas you take from others and I did so in my Annotated Bibliography. This document contains every source that I used in creating my 3 short argument essays as well as my persuasive research paper. While trying my best to make sure to give credit to the work I paraphrase or cite I am aware that my accuracy in citation does need work and it is something I worked on throughout the semester. Citing others’ work accurately on reference pages can vary depending on the type of source you use and its important that we learn them all. I believe I did a good job at accurately referencing these sources to the best of my ability

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2 Responses to Reflective- Pinkmonkey32

  1. davidbdale says:

    Except for one brief note in Core Value 1, PinkMonkey, I would have no idea what you spent a whole semester researching. If you really want to convince a reader that

    by combining three short arguments” you “created a complex argument that not only gave valuable information about the topic but also covered the questions and criticism that this idea usually receives

    you should probably name one or more of those ideas.


    By combining my three short essays, I created a complex argument that not only championed the positive social benefits of reducing crime, overdose death, and clogged courts but also refuted the common criticism that the InSite program merely enables addicts to stay addicted.

    Get it? My advice is almost always the same.
    Say it clearly. Say it briefly. Make it specific.


  2. davidbdale says:

    Graded SAT APR 29


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