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.
For this course, I took advantage of the feedback please and sent some of my work in there for extra help. One piece of work that specifically sticks out is my hypothesis. Although I changed my topic and it no longer applies the professors help got me on the right track for my original topic. At first, I was not sure if I was on the right track with the layout and detail of the hypothesis. Once I sent the assignment into feedback please the professor cleared up any confusion I had. He also explained that I had to be more detailed and concrete. The one on one meeting also gave me extra clarity on my topic and the direction I was originally going in. After the feedback, I was able to better my work.
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.
An assignment that demonstrates this core value is the Stone Money assignment. For this assignment, we had to listen to an NPR broadcast, read an article by Milton Friedman, and find our own source. The broadcast was about currency in Brazil. The article discussed a currency of money that was made of stone and sat at the bottom of the ocean but still had value for the owner. My source discussed the economy and how our economy makes our money. For the paper, I was also able to connect the ideas of the two sources and my source with each other for a better understanding of the concept of money. After the assignment, I had a better understanding that money is not real and as long as people believe it has value then it will continue to exist.
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.
The work that allowed me to rhetorically analyze was the visual rewrite. The assignment consisted of watching a 30-second advertisement with no sound. While watching the advertisement we had to analyze what was happening second by second and provide details from the video to support our reasoning. Watching the video with no sound allowed me to come up with my own interpretations and ideas of what was happening and why. It also abled me to raise questions for why the director made the scenes the way he did. Each second of the video acted as the context that was support for my own thinking. For my advertisement, the audience was directed towards family and my rhetoric provides details to support the point of view. This assignment made me realize that every single detail in a video is in there for a reason.
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.
This core value is demonstrated in my rebuttal assignment. For this assignment, we had to focus on a specific audience and in this case, the audience was readers who did not support your point of view. The audience for my paper was readers who claimed weed addiction and dependency was not possible. Throughout the paper, I explained that it was possible to become addicted to the drug, start a dependency, and possibly abuse it. I also provided the negative effects that came along with addiction, dependency, and abuse. The sources helped me to provide evidence of support for my ideas and interpretations. Some sources provided statistics and personal stories that allowed me to explain my point of view in the most accurate and truthful way.
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.
One of my works that demonstrates that I responsibly represented ideas and sources fairly is my annotated bibliography. The bibliography consisted of sources used in the research paper. If some sources were not in the paper they could be in the bibliography as well. This assignment allowed me to fairly explain what each article was about in its entirety. I also explained how and why I used the sources in my paper. Explaining how I used the source helped to support that I was representing ideas fairly. The bibliography allowed for proper citation format that shows throughout all of my work. The appropriate citation made sure that the author was getting credit for their work when it was used in my paper.