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.

The work I did in my Research Paper was definitely a recursive process of exploration and discovery. For the first few weeks of the class I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to write about. In fact, I simply just chose something for my initial idea because I wanted to have something. However, after conducting some research I was able to reach my current topic of studying google trends and school shootings. This is a far more interesting topic and I’ve been able to explore and learn about just how far ideas can take me if I ask the right questions. I went through multiple stages where I didn’t feel like my ideas may not have went anywhere, but with the right questions I realized my writing can be taken further.

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. 

When it comes to reading critically and placing text into conversion with one another, it was a skill I was able to showcase the most in my Stone Money piece. Admittedly, I’m not the fondest of my work in this piece, but that’s only because I could definitely add more to it. I did however read several sources critically and then place those point of views against each other in that paper. I was also able to work on bringing together those point of views in order to create my own point of view. Despite being influenced by these other sources, I worked on having my own unique perspective that was different than the other sources.

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.

My Visual Rhetoric was made purposely for the process of analyzing a visually argument. This type of argument was something new to me,  I never had the opportunity or chance to break down visual arguments in an analytic fashion. Despite being new to this I was able to thoroughly throw myself into this process and learn to appreciate minute details that authors include in their work. Many people aren’t able to pick on these small details, and it’s an extremely useful skill to have when it comes understanding an argument. Every sentence, or scene, should have meaning, and being able to analyze others works just makes it easier to craft my own arguments in a similar fashion.

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.

The Definition Rewrite I wrote really incorporates illustrations to support my ideas. The entire idea of using google trends to analyze violent shootings is reliant upon graphs and charts. This process had made me realize that just incorporating these images is infinitely easier than trying to describe them to my audience. In an earlier draft of that paper I attempted to just describe what they look like, and this wasted so much time that I could be spent adding ideas and claims to my argument. It was then I had the simplest idea of just adding the illustration and that picture did in fact save me “1000 words” . I’m now much more willing to just include these types of images from the start as it will just save me time and wasted effort.

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. 

My Research Paper is the best example I have of my ethical responsibility. I definitely tried to convey complex ideas in as few words as possible while still giving credit to the original source. Especially so because the first third of my research papers spends a lot of time trying to explain how we can use a lingual process called diachronic analysis to analyze google trends. Now I’m not an expert language or linguistics so I cited people who are so their ideas and words could convey what I wanted in as simple of means as possible. Of course I properly cited these people because I would never want to pass off those ideas as my own, because they are complex and multifaceted.

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