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 Core Value 1, I give myself time to develop and create good pieces of writing, suitable for publishing. When I first started writing, I didn’t redraft usually. I would hand in my rough draft, and simply edit based on the feedback given from said teacher. However after starting this composition class, I started to take the grammar skills we learned in class and other methods of writing into my work. Of course I still used the feedback given by my professor but this added extra minor details that overall created a huge difference in my writing. For example, in my Editorial draft; there were many grammatical mistakes I recognized that I would not have recognized before out grammar lessons in class. Fixing these grammatical issues made this Editorial draft go smoother and sound better in my head.
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.
Reading critically is not only important, but it is essential. For one to fully understand a piece of writing, every detail must be taken in and understood well. Reading critically became a prominent topic in our class. Everyday when given a riddle, we had to use our brains to think hard to try and figure out said riddle. Not only did it stimulate our brains, waking us up, preparing us for the lesson and the day onward, but it made us think and read critically. Doing this so often, when reading articles, it became easier to understand information given, as reading more critically came more naturally to me. In my LTE for Portfolio, I talk about how electronic cigarettes are bad for teenagers. I did a lot of research when writing this because the true side effects that vaping does to people is not really known yet. And so I had to read carefully and try and figure out things that proved vaping was detrimental to people’s health.
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.
When analyzing a prompt, one must understand what is being asked and how to answer said prompt in the correct way. With a prompt, comes a target audience. For example, the prompt could be “write about a time that you were sad, explain how that connects to what we learned in class.” The target audience would be the teacher and the purpose would to write about a time where I was sad. That was a pretty bad example but I show that I understand how to analyze the purpose, audience, and contexts of my own writing and other texts and visual arguments. I show this in my writing plan as I accurately answer the prompt, target audience, and I really went over in detail with this piece of writing.
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.
Academic writing is writing for a purpose, to earn a grade, to understand a topic well and incorporate one’s idea’s into the piece, adding their own opinions and views. People who write should write with passion and to strive to get a good grade, this is when the best ideas of a person come out and really make the writing interesting and fun to read. When writing, evidence is very important, especially when trying to backup a claim or prove a point. In my own piece, my Editorial for Portfolio, I incorporate how my friends feel about vaping, and how they act into the piece, further strengthening the argument that vaping or electronic cigarettes are bad. I give my own first-hand point of view, and I think that is really strong.
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.
Citation is very important and used in almost every paper that is academic. A lot of information on specific topics is not common knowledge and to steal someone’s work or information they provide without giving them credit is morally wrong and also called plagiarism. We learn about plagiarism at a very young age and learn that it is wrong, and this idea develops as we get older to fully understanding that yes, plagiarism is wrong and all work should be done by yourself, or when using someone else’s you must cite them. For example, in my Op-ed draft I talk about Democratic Party candidate Pete Buttigieg. I talk about facts about him and to find that information I had to use an online source, which I cited on the bottom. Citation really is not that troublesome and everyone that means well should give people credit.