• 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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  • 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...
    Susan Naomi Bernstein
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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...
    Miriam Moore
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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 ...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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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 ...
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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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  • Signs of Life in the U.S.A.: A Cover Story

    In my last blog (Signs of Life in the U.S.A.: A Portrait of the Project as a Young Book) I indicated that I might tell the story of the various book covers that have been used for Signs of Life in the U.S.A. over the ...
    Jack Solomon
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  • Comics and Advocacy

    Before I retired, I regularly taught a sophomore-level course on comics, one I developed out of my interest in the rhetorical power of images and one that brought me into contact with very interesting students from ac...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Spotlight: Embracing Confusion

    Today's guest bloggers is Eric Rawson, author of American Subcultures: A Bedford Spotlight Reader.   Rhetoric deals with matters of uncertainty and disagreement. In challenging our students to see their wr...
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  • Connecting Multimodalities and Civic Engagement

    I have been reflecting upon and writing about the ways that using photography (i.e., photovoice) and digital storytelling help open up spaces for students to develop a sense of agency and to be more civically engaged....
    Stuart Greene
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  • Feminisms and Rhetorics 2017

      Last month I had the pleasure of attending the 11th biennial meeting of the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference, held at the University of Dayton. Traveling cross country for the meeting took me back to the fir...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Who Counts When We Talk About Sexual Harassment?

    Here is a typical scenario that might be used on campus for a discussion about resources on and responses to sexual harassment: A student in your course tells you that a member of her writing group for the course has ...
    Traci Gardner
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  • Spotlight: Discussing Emojis as Language Change

    Today's featured guest blogger is Samantha Looker-Koenigs, author of Language Diversity and Academic Writing: A Bedford Spotlight Reader.   My first-year writing students and I both enjoy the topic of technolog...
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  • Multimodal Mondays: Bringing Politics and Protests into the Classroom Through the Lens of Visual Rhetoric

    Today's guest blogger is Amanda Gaddam, an adjunct instructor in the First-Year Writing Program and the School for New Learning at DePaul University. She holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in Literary S...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Fake News—and Fake Photos

      We can’t turn on a TV or open a newspaper today without hearing about fake news, and we can’t participate in social media without encountering it at almost every turn. As a result, writing teachers...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Signs of Life in the U.S.A.: A Portrait of the Project as a Young Book

    The arrival of the authors' copies of the ninth edition of Signs of Life in the U.S.A. prompts me to reflect here on the history of this—at least for Sonia Maasik and myself—life-changing project...
    Jack Solomon
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  • Research, Synthesis, and Discourse in FYC:  A Writing about Writing Assignment Sequence (Part 3)

    In my last two posts (Part 1 and Part 2), I introduced a writing about writing assignment for students enrolled in both my FYC course and an ESL co-requisite support course. In a course-long project, students are rese...
    Miriam Moore
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  • Recommending Campus Support Services with Scenarios

    Each week, the inclusive pedagogy cohort that I am a member of posts on a specific topic. Recent posts have focused on food or housing insecurity, religious observances, military veterans, gender identity and expressi...
    Traci Gardner
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  • Studying an Idea in Depth: A Closer Look at James Baldwin

    As a transition between Writing Project 1 and Writing Project 2, I invited students to watch and reflect in writing on a video preview of Raoul Peck’s film “I Am Not Your Negro,” publi...
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  • "Teach your Students to Trust their Readers"

      A friend of mine, Jim, is a successful SAT/ACT tutor who’s been in the business for some time. In a typical year, he tells me, several of his tutees get an 800 on the SAT’s reading and writing sect...
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