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 my Proposal+5, it took me a decent amount of time to find articles that I thought would be helpful in proving my point that NBA players should get college degrees. These articles put me a step in the right direction, but I ended up not using all of them in my writing because I felt that they did not portray what I wanted them to. Most, if not all of the articles in my Annotated Bibliography were used in my overall paper.After discussing with Professor Hodges in one of our face-to-face meetings and reading a classmate’s opinion under My Hypothesis, I took their feedback and ended up changing my hypothesis from “a college degree should be mandatory before entering the NBA” to “NBA players should get a college degree before, during, or after their careers.” I changed my hypothesis because I was realizing that there was not much information to help support my first hypothesis.

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 all 3 of my papers, Definition Argument, Causal Argument, and Rebuttal Argument, I was able to use different authors’ ideas to help me prove a point, but I was also able to use my own ideas. By reading articles, I was able to think about ideas that I never would have thought of otherwise. For example, by reading articles about the one-and-done rule, I was able to learn more about the rule, which made me think deeper into the effects of it. I then started thinking about how the rule affects the NCAA, so I was able to then do more research to build my own ideas. I was able to write my own ideas and find quotes in articles that somewhat related to my ideas that could back them up. 

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.

In my Rebuttal Argument, my opening sentence was “For me to state that I believe NBA players should work for their college degrees before, during, or after their careers, I can see where people might also disagree with me on that idea.” This shows the audience right away that I do realize that not everyone thinks the same way that I do and that there are points to make that might question my ideas. In my rebuttal argument paper, I tried my best in coming up with points that people could use to say that my idea is not valid. I had each paragraph as a different idea so that I could have the opportunity to show the audience the benefits of getting a college degree, while also easing their minds with their ideas. 

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.

I feel that all of the sources I chose to use in my Research Paper supported all of my ideas that NBA players should get a college degree. I had a variety of sources such as an academic one, a blog type and some sports websites. I feel that the sources do a good job of supporting my ideas and show the audience there is evidence that college degrees are beneficial for NBA players and that the one-and-done rule is a waste of everyone’s time. I wanted to make sure that I got an article on NBA players who went back to college to get their degrees to show that some players do in fact find getting their degree important. I also thought it was important to find an article that discussed how the NBA Eligibility used to be before the one-and-done rule became about to show that players used to have the opportunity to decide how they wanted to continue their lives after high school. 

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. 

In all of my papers this semester, Stone Money Draft, Definition Argument, Causal Argument, Rebuttal Argument, and my Research Paper, I rightly credited all of the authors that I took quotes from to support my ideas. I credited them in my writing as well as in my references section of each paper. I’m sure in my Research Paper the audience might still question my claims because it is hard to get into every single person’s mind and try and figure out what each of them will say about my claims. I tried to pick out the ideas that most people would think of, but in the end, everyone thinks differently, so they could view something completely different than I did. In the research paper I kept my ideas open to others, but also showed what I stood for with facts.

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