Reflective Statement-tlap23

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 this course, the entire idea of becoming a good writer was through revision. I believe I demonstrated this well throughout the semester by staying persistent at the point I was trying to prove. It took me a while to find what exactly I wanted my topic to be, and I even switched my argument twice throughout the semester. Specifically, I believe I demonstrated responsiveness pretty well in my Definition argument, which was the first 1,000 word argument that was due. My first draft was quite poor and did not define anything nor make my argument clear. However, through my professor’s feedback, I was able to craft a decent definition argument and make good use of the sources that I found.

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. 

For my topic specifically, the idea of FOMO, or the fear of missing out, is a new phenomenon that has been associated with social media. However, I wanted my research paper to exclude social media as much as possible and rather compare FOMO to envy and reject this new phenomenon. I believe I excelled in demonstrating effort to find information about envy prior to the idea of FOMO being created. I took these sources and compared them to social media and FOMO to prove that it is no new concept yet just another word for envy. I demonstrated this most evidently in my causal argument. A study was conducted where adults felt feelings of FOMO at work by using a FOMO scaled survey with phrases with what people may feel. This had nothing to pertain to social media and I was able to reason that it is no different than envy.

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.

During the semester, we were given a visual rhetoric assignment. Our job was to find any 30 second ad on youtube and provide an in depth description and analysis of each camera shot, all while creating a subtle argument. I believe I excelled in this assignment by analyzing what I was seeing around me in the video and analyzed why the producer made the choices they made and what message they were trying to convey. What I took away from this particular assignment was that when something is put out there, there is always a target audience and message that is trying to be reached. It is extremely important to not only be able to see these advertisements, but to recognize their meaning.

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 I first posted my original copy for my causal argument, Professor Hodges knew that I had some good sources but told me that I was not making any meaning or claims with these sources. There is no point in finding a source and citing it if you are not going to use it correctly. In my argument, I brought up a study that was conducted on the effect that gender has on certain anxiety rates in individuals. However, I never explained the results of this study and never related it to my argument. Once i recognized this mistake and further explained it, I realized that I had built a much stronger argument than what I previously had.

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. 

After choosing a topic and creating a step by step hypothesis, we were assigned to find sources for our research paper throughout the semester. These sources would ultimately end up being the fuel for my paper. I believe I demonstrated this core value excellently in my annotated bibliography. In our annotated bibliography, I cited all of the sources that I collected throughout the semester and probably cited them in MLA format. We were tasked with providing a background information of what the source entailed and how we ended up using it in our argument. Specifically in my annotated bibliography, it helped me tremendously while writing my paper because it acted as an outline. You are not citing sources just to get to the number you need, but to read through the entire article and connect ideas to your topic.

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1 Response to Reflective Statement-tlap23

  1. davidbdale says:

    Graded SAT APR 29


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