Reflective — Shazammm

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 believe I have demonstrated this core value proficiently in my “Definition Argument” paper. Even though I did not communicate with my peers about my paper, or workshop my piece with other writers outside of class, I did chat with Professor Hodges numerous times via text and virtual conferences. He provided substantial feedback on my work and critiqued the parts that were weakest. His comments and my replies to his comments created a meaningful conversation on the Counterintuitive Blog as well as on iMessage. My revisions in response to his critiques also illustrate my commitment to this core value. However, I regret not reaching out to my peers more during the semester. I think I held back from reaching out because I felt disconnected from everyone. I definitely would have felt less alone in my writing struggles. 

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 have demonstrated this core value fairly well in my “White Paper,” a place to gather sources and informally criticize/react to them. I would take notes on each article that piqued my interest and judge how relevant they were to my overall research paper. I would “start a conversation with them” so-to-speak. I would use the relevant sources from my White Paper to create short argumentative papers, which would combine into a massive research paper at the end of the semester. Basically, I synthesized the arguments to create something bigger than themselves – a major theme. However, the only thing I did have trouble with was placing texts into conversation with one another. I did not compare texts within my White Paper because from what I recall, I was instructed to do so. I merely gathered sources, took some notes on them, summarized them, and concluded my findings with a brief update on my research progress. So from 1-10, I would give myself a 7. 

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 feel that I have demonstrated this core value extremely well in my “Rebuttal Argument” paper. I believe I had a strong understanding of what audience I was speaking to and my purpose for writing this piece. I think I had a clear grasp of what I wanted to say to persuade my audience into supporting my plea for change. Especially since I got substantial feedback from my professor. He pointed out some of the errors I made in my piece, which help me rhetorically analyze my writing better. We as a class also pulled apart some TV commercials and analyzed each scene. We did this to try and find the contexts, purposes, and audiences of the commercials {at least that is how I interpret the assignment}. 

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 like to believe that I have demonstrated this core value extremely well in my “Causal Argument” paper. I have provided more than enough evidence to support my thoughts regarding my thesis as well as provided a “cheerleading example” to explain my stance. I believe I also incorporated appropriate sources into all my papers. I did not use any “fishy” articles to back up my ideas. I made sure that the sources I used were trustworthy and pertained to my argument{s}. The only thing I wish I had done was analyze my peers’ writing. Not only would this have made my arguments stronger, but it would have also made me feel less alone in my work struggles, as stated earlier in this self-reflection assignment.    

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 strongly believe that I demonstrated this core value exceptionally well in my “Bibliography” post. I believe I correctly cited all my 14 sources in APA format. I also picked the sources that were most helpful to me, so I didn’t incorporate any sources that were not beneficial to my research. I also properly credited all my sources inside my argumentative papers, so there was never a time when an idea was left uncited. I never plagiarized in this course or in any of my courses prior to this semester. The only thing that I found weak was my reference page for my “Causal Argument” paper. I still have time to fix the citations for that, but I was not proud about how I left it. Other than that, though, I have demonstrated my strength in this area in all my other assignments.

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