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 met this goal with the majority of my writing throughout this course. While writing the first draft of my definition essay I was quickly made aware that there was a social aspect to writing using a blog. I knew that anyone could see the work of everyone in the class. Along with that, they could form their own opinion. While writing and editing my definition essay, one of the girls in class commented under my post. She asked me a simple question that was somewhat challenging to answer since my topic is somewhat (very) controversial. I wouldn’t say that is was an intricate or very moving interaction, but it was definitely a part of the social aspect of writing in this class. This minor interaction made me search different ideas within my topic and different point of views. It was easy to discovery different opinions when I knew there was a completely different opinion right in front of me. I revised and edited my definition essay multiple times until I felt that it was complete.
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.
In my casual essay, I believe that I demonstrated that I read critically and I placed my texts within my writing with meaning. My casual essay demonstrates that I read critically and analyzed all of my sources. I was able to to take my idea and explain how there are different causes for self hatred in this country. For example, when I found a source that explained a cause for my research paper, I had to read the entire source and decide if an idea presented caused Black people to hate their hair. While reading the work, I am deciding whether the information and ideas presented can fit into my essay or not. If it does, I have to mentally specify what makes the most sense textually and matches with my topic.
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.
While writing for each second of my visual rhetoric, I learned to observe and analyze every detail. Whether or not the detail in each scene was important, I had to assume that they were all on purpose. I was able to consciously think about what everything could mean and the purpose of small details towards the future scenes of the video. The videos for the visual rhetoric assignment all had a specific audience depending on the context. All of the video’s had an intended audience, whether the audience was new teen drivers or employees that could possibly discriminate while hiring, . Each visual rhetoric video had a sole purpose that needed to be shared with the intent to shape the viewers opinion within a short frame of time.
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 research essay that I am writing is on natural hair and Black culture within American society. To write this research paper, I met the expectations of the academic writing. I used the school’s multiple databases and the Google search engine to locate possible sources for each of my essays. I had to evaluate each source I found and make sure that it fits into my essay. I used each source as evidence to support my research essay and all of the other essays for this course.
I needed to read and analyze each article I search in hopes that it supported the ideas of my writings Another part of writing is interpreting ideas presented in every source by explaining the meaning of behind the context.
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.
Citations in writing are about giving credit where it is needed. This is the most common reason for citing any outside sources, especially work that is used for secondary or tertiary writing. The idea that plagiarism isn’t write is pretty straightforward and that sourcing the author is giving credit where the credit is due and showing appreciation towards their writing.
Citing work also goes along with academic integrity, which is a stressed aspect of the academic world. Academic integrity is mostly along the lines of honestly and fairness, which are both the complete opposite of plagiarism. So, citing a source is showing fairness towards the original writer and being honest about where ideas originate from, whether it is a short phrase or word for word sentence.