Self Reflective Statement – Gobirds

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 this core value was most demonstrated through the use of my white paper. I’ve never been one to pre-write or use scrap paper in my writing. Most of the time I would just read the prompt and do my best to compose my writing without any kind of prep. I would still find sources and use outside material but I never really read beyond the quote that I needed from that source. This semester, the white paper allowed me to really see the benefits of preparing before I write and how to properly get information from a source other than just quoting it. I was able to actually understand what I was resourcing and knew the background of it. This practice of using the White Paper is where I see most of core value 1’s relevancy in my writing journey this semester.

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 believe that core value 2 was most demonstrated in my research paper. The research paper was a combination of all three of my short arguments. While the subject remains the same among each short argument, the topics within vary from one argument to the other. The sources I found for support for one argument may have been totally different and wouldn’t blend into another argument. However, I was able to construct my paper so that the source material made sense within each argument. I was able to take specific information from different sources and synthesize it into an argument of my own. By doing this, I believe I definitely expressed the strategies from core value 2 during the construction of my research paper.

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.

Core Value 3 was most useful in the Visual Rhetoric argument. Prior to this assignment, I had felt that my skills of being able to interpret rhetorical elements were about average. After completing the assignment and doing the exercises in class, I felt as if my abilities regarding interpreting rhetoric, specifically visual rhetoric in this case, were deeply improved and my understanding of the topic as a whole was much more clear. These skills I improved on were not only a one time use for this assignment specifically as now I find that applying these skills to TV and movie watching make the watching experience far more valuable as now I’m not just looking at something but I’m far more analytical when I watch a show or a movie.

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.

Core Value 4 was used all throughout my research paper. In this class, I was asked for the first time in my academic experience to construct a paper that had no clear cut and direct prompt based on source material we were given. The direction we were given was to pick something of our own interest and do our own research to convey a counter intuitive argument. While I was excited, I was also nervous considering I’d never done anything like this before. But the exercises we did on how to correctly analyze a source and how to properly approach sourcing the material necessary to create a compelling and thorough argument greatly helped me unlock the traits and values that lie within Core Value 4.

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.

Core Value 5 was used in every piece of writing that I submitted to the blog for this class in this semester. A huge part of this course was using the work done by others to help convey our own argument. In doing this, it’s extremely important to carefully incorporate their work a long with your own. I believe that I was able to properly source material without stealing the work and ideas of others but more so use their ideology to support a separate argument that I was conveying. The exercises we did in class regarding how to properly source material and how to walk the line of referencing vs copying material were a major help in how I was able to demonstrate Core Value 5.

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