Self Reflective Statement-Alyse816

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 started my writing process this semester, I found it very challenging at first. When the first paper was given, I didn’t quite know where to start, so I did some research to help me get ideas flowing. I found myself doing this through the whole semester to improve my writings. Along with that I was guided by my professor with lots of helpful feedback on my work whenever I asked. This really helped me get back on the right track when my writings sometimes started to veer off the path. For example, my Causal Argument Paper. After I published my first draft for this paper I asked for feedback. This was around the time of our conferences, so my professor was able to provide a lot of useful feedback to help me rewrite my paper and get it back on track. 

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 Rebuttal Paper demonstrates that I critically placed texts into conversations with one another inorder to help back up my topic. This paper helped me argue my side of the hypothesis proposed, which helped me build my argument even stronger. For this paper I referenced many articles and journals that were written about my topic for additional support. By doing this I also learned a lot more about my topic and was able to keep new ideas flowing into my paper and the papers following. By taking this course I learned a lot about doing research and how to build ideas for my topic. Before I would only use one or two sources to help my papers but I learned that the more research you do the more you can greaten your paper.

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 purpose of my Rebuttal Paper was to argue my side of the hypothesis and to address the other side as well. In this paper I had to clearly define my side and then slowly bring people who were against, or on the fence about it to my side. By doing this I had to analyze the other side and try to build an argument against it. It is easy to build upon your opinion, but it can be difficult to build on why the other side is wrong. For example, many might say that me saying not to play sports is upseard and unjustified, but I showed that I had proof to my opinions and gave significant references to back me up.

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.

Writing all the papers leading up to my Research paper, I ended up finding lots of references to support my work. Each paper leads to new ideas, which lead me to finding new articles to use to grow my ideas. In my research paper I took all my ideas and resources from all 3 papers before, and combined them into one paper that supported my thesis. My research paper helped me combine my ideas and opinions with expert ideas and opinions into one big task.

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. 


While gathering ideas for my Research paper, I was able with the help of my teacher, to gather information and sources to support my ideas. Ideally when writing a paper it is helpful to use as many sources to backup your claims. It’s like promising something and delivering on it when you are able to back it up with proven information. The sources I found were put together to form my Annotated Bibliography, which is a combination of all my sources explained. I cited and showed the proper recognition to the authors in this assignment. Overall, these papers helped me practice citing, referencing, and finding new sources to build my ideas. 

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