Self-Reflective Statement – madewithrealginger

GOAL 1: I used a multi-stage, recursive, and social process for my writing and took into consideration feedback from my instructor, classmates, and other readers. The writing process isn’t something that can be rushed. Good pieces of work take time and effort and the perseverance to continuously improve on previous drafts. It takes many different cycles of discovery and then rediscovery to create a truly great paper. For me, I continued to use the information I found from start to finish, by building off of previous alterations with my drafts, editing, and revision, up to the final draft. And it’s important to take into consideration what others have to say to. Sometimes my classmates and professor can offer good insight and make suggestions about how to make my work better.

GOAL 2: I read source materials closely and analyzed them critically to learn how and why texts create meaning. At the beginning of the assignment much earlier in the semester, I chose the topic of Bitcoin because I had heard of it before and thought I had a decent knowledge about it. As it turns out, what I knew was barely the tip of the iceberg. There was a ton a information I didn’t know about that came along with it. Source after source brought me new info about not only Bitcoin, but other currencies and even money as just a concept in general. They provided with me with a vast amount of knowledge and my paper benefited from it.

GOAL 3: I wrote with a particular audience in mind, allowing my purpose to shape the language and methods I used not just to communicate information but to persuade readers. Knowing your audience helps you to make decisions about what information you should include, how you should arrange that information, and what kind of supporting details will be necessary for the reader to understand what you are presenting.It was easy for me to write with my audience in mind because all of the assignments have been the same in that sense. My audience has always been my professor and classmates. I wasn’t sure how much anyone else knew about Bitcoin, so I just tried to explain it with details that weren’t too complicated.

GOAL 4: I demonstrated my information literacy by synthesizing my own experience with new insights and information from a range of outside sources to produce new material. I don’t think its enough to just read sources and regurgitate the information back into a paper. What I try to do is read the articles a few times so that I actually understand what they’re saying. After I have a good understanding of a topic, I find it to be much easier to generate new ideas associated to that topic. Then I can combine some of the text from the article with my new ideas and progress through the paper.

GOAL 5: My writing is ethical. Writing about meaningful topics, I have engaged responsibly with them and represented my ideas and the ideas of others honestly, fairly, and logically. I did my best to present my ideas and opinions in a respectful and professional manner. In addition, I worked on making the information from my sources present in my paper in a way that was relevant to the subject. When using other people’s opinions and criticisms, I referred to them with respect even when I disagreed with them. I was able to use the opinions of others to support my topic.

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4 Responses to Self-Reflective Statement – madewithrealginger

  1. davidbdale says:

    MWRG, this is pretty much a boilerplate treatment of the assignment, fine if you don’t need a tie-breaker grade, but not very helpful if you do. With the exception of your brief mentions of Bitcoin as a topic, you don’t illustrate the process of writing to achieve specific goals.

    I’ve made linking to your own posts part of the assignment to help you in this regard. When you have to use your own posts to demonstrate how well you’ve achieved the course goals, you’re certain to make more specific arguments, provide examples, be more persuasive, and impress the judges on the grading team. 🙂


    • madewithrealgingercomp2 says:

      Ok thanks. Would we be able to go over how to link to my paper in or after class today? Or is it final at the beginning of class?


      • davidbdale says:

        We can absolutely review that technique in class tonight. We’ll spend the hour making sure the Portfolio meet mechanical specifications, links included (also titles, Works Cited, Annotated Bibliographies . . . . )


  2. davidbdale says:

    Oops. Never made those links (metaphorical or digital).


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