Reflective – OmgMafia

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.

When I began forming my hypothesis, that is when my writing turned into a process. My hypothesis needed a lot of revising. It led me to creating my thesis statement, but I couldn’t have done it without the lessons provided by my professor in class. Piece by piece, as my essays came together, I realized that I cannot gather enough information unless I find more resources. My essays were not complete without my resources, without the conferences I had with my professor, and without the brainstorming that I did on my own. In addition, another important factor of my writing was the feedback that was given back to me for my Definition Essay. As it was my first essay that I wrote for Comp II, it was the essay that needed the most revising.  I concluded with my Definition Rewrite Essay, but Core Value 1 has proven to me that writing is a process. There is always room for my writing to grow. 

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. 

My Causal Essay is an example for Core Value 2 because I placed texts into conversation with one another to create meaning. As I learned in one of Davidbdale’s lessons, I noticed that it was a good idea to write my paragraphs with structure. For example, X causes Y, Y causes Z, and discovering how X is caused in the first place. The resources that I gathered assisted me when I was synthesizing my ideas for my essay. Without them, I would have been lost in the sauce when writing, and I would not have been able to provide evidence to prove my thesis. Adding onto my thesis statement, as I was synthesizing my ideas from various discourse communities, it helped keep my essay in place for my audience to understand. 

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 Rebuttal Essay was the most difficult assignment to write compared to other assignments. I discovered others’ opinions on my topic when I researched for more resources, and I analyzed the purpose, audience and context of my own writing. For instance, in my Rebuttal essay, I mentioned my opponent’s benefits of having a job attending college full-time. It was a point well taken, but there are not just advantages to having a job while going to college, there are also disadvantages. Therefore, I gave my audience the reasoning of my side. The purpose of my Rebuttal Essay was to defend my position against my opponent who thought it was the best idea to persuade students to get a job while going to college without warning them about the disadvantages. 

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.

My Research Paper includes many resources that I have used to prove my thesis to my audience. It does prove that I met the expectations of academic writing because I provided many quotes and paraphrasing from other authors’ articles in my paper. With the help of evidence from many other articles, the illustrations have supported my own ideas and interpretations. Also, in my three essays, the Definition Essay, Causal Essay, and Rebuttal Essay, I have used evidence to help my audience understand that my thesis is valid and it is strong. Without the evidence, my essays would have been hopeless, and I would not have enough knowledge to gather my own interpretations together. My resources have also opened up new perspectives for me, which helped me create new ideas and information for my topic. 

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. 

Below every single one of my essays, I have provided my resources that I have used in my essays. Moreover, I have completed a Annotated Bibliography assignment that includes all of my resources that I ever used to gather information for my topic. It also includes the background of each article and how I used it, but I only used fourteen sources for my Research Paper. Providing my citations proves that I respect my ethical responsibility to represent complex ideas fairly. With the appropriate citation, I am avoiding the serious problem of plagiarism. I understand that if I did not cite my resources properly, there would be some serious consequences waiting for me. Citing my sources are very important and without that, my paper would not be complete. 

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