Teaching for Tone at NeMLA 2018

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
On Teaching Tone as Well as Content at NeMLA 2018
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In our current climate of fake news from seemingly authoritative sources, and high journalistic integrity from formerly discounted sources, it is clear that our criteria for evaluating the reliability of sources is shifting. I propose that a lack of news literacy is part of a larger literacy problem: readers need to understand tone from context and form. For as long as we have been assigning our composition or literature classes to read "A Modest Proposal" or anything else with an unreliable narrator, and as long as we have been explaining to potential book banners that a book with blatantly racist characters is not inherently racist, we language and literature instructors have been developing strategies to teach tone. This pedagogy roundtable seeks practical pedagogical examples and discussions of teaching tone successfully, inside the college classroom and out.  NeMLA 2018 will be in Pittsburgh, April 12-15. Learn more about NeMLA here: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html 

Submit abstract of 300 words by September 30 here: http://www.cfplist.com//nemla/Home/S/16665

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Emily Lauer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Suffolk County Community College
Islip Arts 2K, Ammerman Campus
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784

lauere@sunysuffolk.edu