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Teaching Critical Reading and Writing in the Era of Fake News

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Edited By Ellen C. Carillo and Alice S. Horning

This collection offers support for instructors who are concerned about students’ critical literacy abilities. Attending to critical reading to help students navigate fake news, as well as other forms of disinformation and misinformation, is the job of instructors across all disciplines, but is especially important for college English instructors because students’ reading problems play out in many and varied ways in students’ writing. The volume includes chapters that analyze the current information landscape by examining assorted approaches to the wide-ranging types of materials available on and offline and offers strategies for teaching critical reading and writing in first-year composition and beyond. The chapters herein bring fresh perspectives on a range of issues, including ways to teach critical digital reading, ecological models that help students understand fake news, and the ethical questions that inform teaching in such a climate. With each chapter offering practical, research-based advice this collection underscores not just the importance of attending to reading, particularly in the era of fake news, but precisely how to do so.

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Dr. Kendra L. Andrews is a Professor of the Practice in Core Writing and a WAC Consultant for the faculty at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She earned her Ph.D. in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program at North Carolina State University, and she worked in North Carolina classrooms for twenty years while highly invested in critical pedagogy, teacher development, and 21st-century literacies. Kendra teaches courses in Rhetoric and Composition, Writing Processes in the 21st Century, STEM Communication, and Composition Research Methodologies. In addition to her teaching and scholarship at Fairfield University, Kendra has served as the Graduate Assistant Director of the First-Year Writing Program and as a Graduate WAC Consultant for the Campus Writing and Speaking Program at North Carolina State University. Her full c.v. and teaching portfolio are available on her professional website, www.kendralandrews.com.

Chris M. Anson is Distinguished University Professor, Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor, and Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program at North Carolina State University, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in language, composition, and literacy and works with faculty across the disciplines to enhance writing and speaking instruction. He has published 19 books and 130 articles and book chapters relating to writing and has spoken widely across the U.S. and in 31 other countries. He is Past Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication and Past President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. His full c.v. is at www.ansonica.net

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