Reflection

This portfolio is  to demonstrate that I deserve an “A” in this course. If grading was just based on the journals, workshops, and papers that I have done in this class, then yes, I do deserve an “A” because all have been graded so. However, the objective of this portfolio is not just to showcase my “A” awarded papers and journals, but to show how my writing process has evolved throughout this course, what I have learned in this class and how it is applied to my writing, and how I achieved all of the course objectives. “How” will be my main purpose of my Reflection as oppose to “why”. I will show, through my work I have done this semester, how I derserve an “A”.

(Some parts of the Reflection are posted on other pages. Please read these pages as well as they do complete this Reflection.)

Objectives:

On the first day of class, we were given a syllabus that contained objectives for the course. I believe that it is important to show how I have accomplished each course objective because they are the main goals that Professor Wolcott wanted us to gain from this class.

Study writing as situated, motivated discourse:

I believe that this has been an apparent theme throughout the course. When we first covered the concept about literacy at the beginning of the semester, we first said literacy only as reading and writing. As we explored more on literacy, we began to see literacy more as the ability to serve purpose and objectives. It is the ability to use reading and writing achieve purpose. This was one of my main points in my Literacy Narrative.

When we studied about genre, we learned that genre interacts between members of a discourse and nonmembers of a discourse. I read journals from Amy Devitt that says that in order to fully analyze a genre, historical and social norms as well as the rhetorical situations must be addressed. These combined help promote action. In my Genre Analysis, I have discovered that financial statements evoke different discourse communities to act in a particular way.

Study rhetoric as a theory of writing and a way of knowing and persuading:

I have completed this by reading both journals assigned in class, as well as journals that I have read for my Annotated Bibliography.

I have used the journals assignments to strengthen my thesis and add logos in my Literacy Narrative and Genre Analysis.

For the research writing process, I have used the journals in the Annotated Bibliography and translated it to my Literature Review. From the journals, I was able to form my own understanding and was able to add to the argument and also suggest additional research.

Study the conversational and knowledge-creating nature of researched writing:

The research writing process was one of the main objectives of this course that started around the second half of the semester. We first started to learn how find academic journals for the Annotated Bibliography. After the Annotated Bibliography, we wrote a Literature Review, which established all the conversations researchers has already said as well as, our input and Final Project proposal.

Throughout this process, I feel that I have built a stronger foundation when it comes to writing a research paper.

Study how we read and the conversational, contributive nature of reading:

When we discussed about literacy at the beginning of the semester we went over several factors that shape our literacy such as sponsors, environment, and materials. After reading articles by Malcolm X and Brandt and then writing about my own Literacy Narrative, I have gained a better understanding of how literacy is shaped by these factors.

Practice locating and evaluating documentary and human sources:

Locating and evaluating documents is the starting point of the research process. I have accomplished this during my preparation to write my Annotated Bibliography. I was required to search for academic articles. For one class, we were taught how to use resources that are provided by the UCF Library. I used what I learned in that session to find all of the required articles I needed in order to complete my annotated bibliography. I also had to use my intuition and see which articles I thought was important to include into my Annotated Bibliography.

Practice identifying available choices in writing and editing and making the strongest choice:

Editing is major part of my writing process. Every major paper has gone through at least one revision and sometimes two. Each draft goes through an in-class workshop where my at least two of my classmates read my draft then writes constructive criticisms on my draft. They help me fix weak points in my paper that I would have otherwise miss. I realize the workshops are also part of the research writing process. Scholarly journals must go through several peer reviews before it is publishable.

I talk more of my editing process in each of my major papers.

I also made major revisions to my Literacy Narrative, my first paper of the semester. The reasons why I decided to revise this paper, as well as what I have revised will be in the Literacy Narrative section.

Consider the ways that genres emerge from and function in discourse communities:

I have achieved this through reading academic journals by Swales, Devitt, Bawarshi, and Reiff and also by completing my Genre Analysis. I comprehend that genres are “text-types that come out of repeated rhetorical situations in particular discourse communities”. In my Genre Analysis, I observe how financial statements function within a discourse community as well as among other discourse communities. I have taken what I have learned from the journals and had applied it to my Genre Analysis as well.

 

In conclusion, this class has taught me more than what I had expected. I thought that the majority of this class would be reading some textbook and writing papers based on readings which is what we somewhat did, but I realize that most of our assignments have deeply involved our majors. In a general education classes, where there are a variety of students interested in different majors, it is hard to teach students specifically towards their chosen major, but I feel that this course has done an excellent job trying to correlate writing to our majors. I feel that the concepts I have learned in this class will benefit me as I continue to pursue my degree in Accounting. I know that Accounting is not exactly a writing-heavy course, but it is still important to know the research writing process. I felt that learning the research process was the most beneficial to me because I have learned the steps of how to start a research. I also have learned more about accounting in real-business applications, which is surprising to me that I learned this in an English class.

Overall, I believe that I have grown as a writer as well as a prospective accountant and that I have fulfilled everything that is needed in order to deserve an “A” in this course.

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Defending my web layout choices:

So you’re probably thinking why I decided to include animal drawings in my portfolio . Well, when I first started thinking of designs for my online portfolio, I wanted to be creative and have a portfolio that can show who I am (other than an amazing student deserving an “A”). When I saw this pre-made template that WordPress provided, I knew it was perfect. I mean what screams “WRITING!” more than notebook paper? When I think of notebook paper, I think about writing, scribbling, notes, and even materials for literacy, now. And when I open my notebook, I also see doodles. I draw on the header, around the notes, on the sides. You name it! And most of my drawings are of animals. So I decided to make my portfolio much like my notebooks, filled with silly animal drawings.

I wanted someone to look at this portfolio and not just see a student majoring in Accounting, trying to fight for an “A” in ENC 1102, but also someone who likes to draw, is witty, and has a corny sense of humor. I know this is not really relevant to my portfolio, but I thought it was important enough to include why I chose how my portfolio would look, especially since it counts as 15 points of the portfolio grade.

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Final Project

This Final Project ends my research process, which starting from the Annotated Bibliography and the Literature Review. Based on my research, I have decided to create a proposal for the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting at the University of Central Florida to launch a seminar to introduce accounting students to Fair Value Accounting (FVA).
This is my course proposal:

As you can see, a lot of this proposal is unfinished for I do not have the necessary credentials and experience to complete this. My hope is for someone who does have the qualifications to push this proposal to the College of Business Administration.

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Literature Review

The Literature Review has been the easiest paper for me, mostly because I did all the hard work in the Annotated Bibliography. The day we turned in the Annotated Bibliography, Professor Wolcott gave us an assignment in class, which helped me tremendously to jump start on this assignment. Also, the journal we were assigned to read taught me a lot on how the overall affects of a literature review looks like.

I actually had two drafts of this paper. The first draft shown below was the copy I had with me at the conference with Professor Wolcott. There was a second draft that I had accidently written over and that was the draft that the peer letters were based on, but there were really no major revisions from the second draft to the submitted draft. The changes I made were adding section dividers as well as a works cited page. If I were to revise this again, I would expand on financial illiteracy, specifically in college students majoring in Accounting. This would make a great transition to my conclusion and final project proposal.

This assignment leads into my last paper, the Final Project.

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Annotated Bibliography

The Annotated Bibliography was the hardest paper for me. There were several obstacles that I faced while writing this paper. The first one was the lack of knowledge I had in this field. Before this project I had no idea what Fair Value Accounting (FVA) was, even though I am a Junior majoring in Accounting (I would find out later that I am not the only student in accounting to have this problem). The second was the readings. Some of the articles I had to read were nearly 50 pages long. The journals assigned by Professor Wolcott were easy compared to these massive articles. This was also the first time I have ever written an annotated bibliography and was not familiar with the formatting of the paper.

There was no formal peer letters in this workshop, but I was still able to get a lot of input from my classmates. Really, the only problem I had was that I didn’t state the authors’ credentials, but that was a quick fix. I believe I did a good job with this paper. I have felt I have done the best I can with the little knowledge I had in this field. I don’t think I would be able to do any more revisions to this paper until I am more fluent in the accounting language.

In my opinion, I believe that the annotated bibliography is the hardest part of the research process, but, after overcoming these hurdles, the rest of the research process (Literature Review and Final Project.) became significantly easier to write.

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Genre Analysis

In this paper, I got to analyze genre. I chose the financial statements as my genre to examine since I am an Accounting major. This was a unique assignment for me because financial statements affect more than one discourse and I wanted to show the relationship of these discourses to this one genre. The revisions I have made based on my peer’s suggestions were to add more observations based on the formatting of the financial statements as well as their purpose. I had also moved paragraphs for better fluidity. I think the strongest aspects of this paper were connecting reading and discussions in class to my paper. I also found additional readings from Miller and incorporate that in my paper.

The main problem with my final submission was that I did not cite where I have found the financial statement samples I have used to write this paper. If I had enough time to revise this paper, I would include the three examples of financial statements I have used. I also would cite the ideas from Devitt and Swales that I had in my first paragraph. I also need to clear up minor details that I have failed to clearly explain, such as the importance of the “bottom line “number standing out and socially accepted norms in accounting, such as debit column always being on the left and the credit column always on the right.

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Literacy Narrative

The first two weeks of this semester have taught me that literacy was much more than knowing how to read and write. It is the ability to convey adequately and effectively to achieve your purpose. Before, my concept of literacy was not deep and I did not really thought back to the time where I have “attained” literacy. The hardest part if this project was to provide my personal experiences in literacy. As you can see with my first draft, I did not include any instances or stories about my literacy, but instead wrote about what I have learned in the journal reading and what others have said about literacy. The workshops really helped me because it gave additional insight as what might be missing in my paper.

Since submitting this paper to Professor Wolcott, I have done some major revisions. The reasons why I have decided to revise this paper were because I have felt that this was my weakest paper, not only grade wise (91%) but I felt that since this was the first paper I have written after two years, my writing skills had become rusty. I had a hard time writing this paper mostly because it heavily relied on personal experiences and feelings. I have trouble writing my personal experiences because in my throughout my high school career, my teachers had taught us never to use first person in academic writing. The major revisions I made was expanding my literacy process and also adding a paragraph on how my literacy is continuing to evolve.

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Journals

Malcolm X Journal:

This was the first journal assignment I had this semester and the reason why I added this journal to my portfolio because I thought that Malcolm X was very inspirational especially when it came to his literacy narrative. Nowadays, it is easy to take school for granted, but after reading Malcolm’s excerpt from his autobiography, I have a greater appreciation now. During this journal assignment, we were learning about different aspects of literacy and the process of becoming literate. We were taught the concepts of sponsors, materials, environment and how that affects our literacy. I used this journal to relate with my own Literacy Narrative.

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Swales Journal:

I chose this journal because I used this article to build part of my thesis in my Genre Analysis paper. When I first started learning about discourse communities and especially genre, I was very confused on the concept. Swales defines discourse communities and the six characteristics that makes it a discourse community. From his academic article, it seemed that having a unified goal was the main criteria of a discourse community and he did not really go in depth with genre , another criteria of a discourse community. My opinion of genre was not really significant until I read Amy Devitt’s article.

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Devitt Journal:

Continuing from the above conversation, I also chose this journal because it served to be part of my thesis in my Genre Analysis paper. Amy Devitt’s article states that people needed to expand their thoughts on genre other than text and format. She said that social and historical content should be included, as well as the situational understandings. After I read this academic article, I gained a better understanding of genre and I applied it to my Genre Analysis. My understanding of genre is that it not only connects members of a discourse community, but also helps connect to other discourse communities as well. I used financial statements as a genre that I would analyzed and I have found that there were several discourse communities who benefit from financial statements, even though it is compiled by accountants.

Literature Review Journal:

I added this journal not really for the content, but more because it was a great guide for me when I was writing my Literature Review. I basically observed Reece’s format on her literature review and applied it to my own. I had noticed how she laid out the argument in the field she was researching in, focusing more on what researchers have said rather than her input until her conclusion where she gives her opinions and observations, as well as additional research ideas. I thought this journal was important enough to add to my portfolio because it had tremendously helped me while I was writing my Literature Review.