• Making Privilege Visible in the Age of #MeToo

      Students came into class today on fire about the latest news of powerful men who have been fired for sexually predatory behaviors. Part of the conversational aftermath of the #metoo movement is the reminder th...
    April Lidinsky
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  • An End-of-Year Plea: Teach Rhetoric!

      Like many (perhaps most) teachers of writing in the United States, I have been disillusioned, disheartened, and increasingly disturbed by the mean-spirited political discourse coming from the president and his...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Assessing a Community Project within an Endlessly Moving and Disrupted Global Partnership

      When Things Fall Apart – But the Work Must Continue When the semester began, my students were going to work with a colleague of mine in the Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) region on a project to suppo...
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  • Tweaking the Syllabus (or Why IRW Instructors are Never Bored)

    Every so often, I encounter myths about my work as a community college writing instructor, and I feel compelled to disabuse my well-meaning friends or colleagues of their mistaken assumptions. For example, I have been...
    Miriam Moore
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  • Researching a Public Figure’s Online Identity

    Inspired by Virginia Tech Libraries’ digital literacy initiative, I am sharing a series of activities that ask students to examine how digital technology shapes literacy and the ways that people interact with ot...
    Traci Gardner
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  • Genre Writing and Teaching Genre Ideas: Toward a Genre Bridge Theory for Writing

    Consider for a moment the instances in your life when you were lost. Perhaps anxiety heightened your feelings of being lost and originated from events personal, professional, or academic. Perhaps you were faced with a...
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  • Thor Ragnarok: Or, It’s Déjà vu All Over Again

    So Thor is back, hammering his way to another blockbusting run at the box office. But this time, it's almost as if the producers of Thor: Ragnarok read an analysis I posted to this blog on November 11, 2013, when Thor...
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  • Teaching Claudia Rankine's "Citizen"

    I’ve been thinking of this book ever since I heard Rankine speak at the 2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics conference at the University of Dayton this fall. She spoke candidly and passionately to our primarily white a...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Teaching Writing and Rhetoric with Sound

    Today’s guest blogger is Tanya Rodrigue, an assistant professor in English and coordinator of the Writing Intensive Curriculum Program at Salem State University in Massachusetts.   Over the past cou...
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  • From Digital Literacy to Online Identity

    Last week, I shared a critical thinking activity that asked students to explore the definitions of digital native and digital literacy. With my activity this week, I ask students to consider the idea of online id...
    Traci Gardner
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  • The Nice White Lady Searches Her Conscience

    The discussions around the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) convention in Kansas City, Missouri, are provocative and inspiring and offer substantial motivation for me to search my consci...
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  • Symbolism and Protest

      Standing for the Pledge of Allegiance used to be a matter of course, something most of us took for granted.  The rare exception when I was a child was the family who were Jehovah’s Witnesses and who ...
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  • Multimodal Mondays: Five for the Drive — Engaging Students through Google

    Today's guest blogger is Kim Haimes-Korn, a Professor in the English Department at Kennesaw State University. Kim’s teaching philosophy encourages dynamic learning, critical digital literacies and focu...
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  • Giving Thanks Amidst Turmoil

      This Thanksgiving, I’m having some trouble giving thanks. The increasing horror of mass shootings and senseless loss of life; the revelation of unthinkable acts of sexual harassment; the moral and spiritu...
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  • A Reflection Activity for Integrated Reading and Writing Instructors

    One of the monumental tasks facing developmental English instructors in post-redesign institutions is how to provide just-in-time professional development for teachers who do not have experience teaching in an integra...
    Miriam Moore
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  • What Is Digital Literacy: A Critical Thinking Activity

    Virginia Tech Libraries are embarking on a digital literacy initiative, which focuses on “support[ing] all learners in exploring, evaluating, creating, and sharing a variety of digital content, including data, i...
    Traci Gardner
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  • What does an Integrated Reading and Writing Syllabus Look Like?

    The redesign of developmental English programs across the country presents some significant challenges for developmental instructors, especially those who have been teaching in traditional multi-level programs with se...
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  • "Language in the Age of Trump"

      Dennis Baron, whose blog The Web of Language I follow, has been on a break for several months, so I was very glad to hear that he is back online. In a recent post, “Language in the Age of Fake News, Fox ...
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  • “Nudge" your Composition Students with an Award-winning Theory

      Why invite an economic theorist into your composition class? Recent Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler offers concepts that bolster what you already teach in your course about the craft of persuasion, but ...
    April Lidinsky
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  • Applying the Elements of Argument

      In our textbook we provide readings to help students understand the key terms of argumentation. We try to keep the readings as up to date as possible. We can predict what some of the hot button issues will be ...
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