English Composition

Introduces students to the critical thinking, reading, writing and rhetorical skills required in the college/university and beyond, including citation and documentation, writing as process, audience awareness, and writing effective essays. Emphasis on composition, including research strategies, argumentative writing, evaluation, and analysis.

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88 Essays
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This book is a free and open resource for composition instructors and students, full of essays that could supplement OER rhetoric and writing texts that lack readings. All of the essays in this reader are versatile rhetorically and thematically. It is arranged alphabetically by author name. Each essay has a series of hashtags that apply to the essay in some way. You can search for essays thematically for topics like education, the environment, politics, or health. You can also search for essays based on composition concepts like analysis, synthesis, and research. You can search for essays that are based on shared values, essays that rely heavily on ethos, logos, or pathos, essays that are very kairos-dependent, and essays that are scholarly.

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Literature and Composition
Composition and Rhetoric
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Author:
Sarah Wangler
Tina Ulrich
Date Added:
06/01/2020
About Writing: A Guide
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This writer’s reference condenses and covers everything a beginning writing student needs to successfully compose college-level work, including the basics of composition, grammar, and research. It is broken down into easy-to-tackle sections, while not overloading students with more information than they need. Great for any beginning writing students or as reference for advanced students!

Reviews available here: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/about-writing-a-guide

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Literature and Composition
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OpenOregon
Author:
Robin Jeffrey
Date Added:
05/27/2015
Advanced Community College ESL Composition: An Integrated Skills Approach
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Available here as a PDF for printing: https://asccc-oeri.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Advanced-Community-College-ESL-Composition-An-Integrated-Skills-Approach.pdf

This text is a transformation of Successful College Composition an OER text originally published in 2015 and intended for use in a course that is one level below English composition.

I. The Writing Process
II. Sentence Structure
III. Literary Analysis
IV. Critical Thinking and Reading

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Composition and Rhetoric
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Author:
Edgar Perez
Jacob Skelton
Jenell Rae
Sara Behseta
Date Added:
07/09/2020
Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for a Socially Just Future
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In Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies, Asao B. Inoue theorizes classroom writing assessment as a complex system that is "more than" its interconnected elements. To explain how and why antiracist work in the writing classroom is vital to literacy learning, Inoue incorporates ideas about the white racial habitus that informs dominant discourses in the academy and other contexts. Inoue helps teachers understand the unintended racism that often occurs when teachers do not have explicit antiracist agendas in their assessments. Drawing on his own teaching and classroom inquiry, Inoue offers a heuristic for developing and critiquing writing assessment ecologies that explores seven elements of any writing assessment ecology: power, parts, purposes, people, processes, products, and places.

Reviews available here: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/antiracist-writing-assessment-ecologies-teaching-and-assessing-writing-for-a-socially-just-future

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Composition and Rhetoric
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WAC Clearinghouse
Author:
Asao B. Inoue
Date Added:
01/01/2017
Argument & Critical Thinking
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In this learning area, you will learn how to develop an argumentative essay and stronger critical thinking skills. This learning area will help you develop your arguments, understand your audience, evaluate source material, approach arguments rhetorically, and avoid logical fallacies. Here, you’ll also learn about evaluating other arguments and creating digital writing projects related to your argument.

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Literature and Composition
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Excelsior College
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Excelsior College Online Writing Lab
Date Added:
04/25/2019
Argumentation and Communication, Fall 2006
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A writing practicum associated with 11.200 and 11.205 that focuses on helping students present their ideas in cogent, persuasive arguments and other analytical frameworks. Reading and writing assignments and other exercises stress the connections between clear thinking, critical reading, and effective writing.

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Abbanat, Cherie
Date Added:
01/01/2006
Composing Ourselves and Our World: A Guide to First Year Writing
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This textbook is meant for first year English Composition Courses. The text covers the essentials of composition and rhetoric in a recursive manner and introduces research skills.

When you are eager to get started on the coursework in your major that will prepare you for your career, getting excited about an introductory college writing course can be difficult. However, regardless of your field of study, honing your writing skills—and your reading and critical-thinking skills—gives you a more solid academic foundation.

In college, academic expectations change from what you may have experienced in high school. The quantity of work you are expected to do is increased. When instructors expect you to read pages upon pages or study hours and hours for one particular course, managing your work load can be challenging.

The quality of the work you do also changes. It is not enough to understand course material and summarize it on an exam. You will also be expected to seriously engage with new ideas by reflecting on them, analyzing them, critiquing them, making connections, drawing conclusions, or finding new ways of thinking about a given subject. Educationally, you are moving into deeper waters. A good introductory writing course will help you swim.

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
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Textbook
Author:
Amy Locklear
Angela Fowler
Elizabeth Burrows
Heath Fowler
Date Added:
07/14/2020
Composition I Anthology
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This Composition Reader is an edited, curated collection of OER material for you to use as you see fit in your course.  It consists of personal essays, literature, video and audio files, web writing, and long-form journalism.

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Literature and Composition
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Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
Lumen Learning
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Candela Courseware
Date Added:
04/25/2019
Conventions 101: A Functional Approach to Teaching (and Assessing!) Grammar and Punctuation
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This is a collection of cumulative units of study for conventional errors common in student writing. It's flexible, functional, and zeroes in problems typically seen in writing of all types, from the eternal "there/they're/their" struggle to correct colon use. Units are organized from most simple to most challenging.

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Literature and Composition
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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OpenOregon
Author:
Chauna Ramsey
Date Added:
08/23/2016
ENGL 1010: English Composition I: An Integrated Media Approach
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ENGL 1010: English Composition I. Introduces students to the critical thinking, reading, writing, and rhetorical skills required in the college/university and beyond, including citation and documentation, writing as a process, audience awareness; and writing effective essays.
The course utilizes a scaffolding approach as well as cross-curricular resources and assignments to focus the course around a central theme: Socio-Political Themes in Pop Culture. All resources are OER, including the integration of textbooks: Waymaker: Introduction to College Composition by Lumen and Media, Society, Culture, and You by Mark Poepsel. As well, assorted media sources are utilized, including video (documentaries, interviews, lectures, films), photography, and social media apps.

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Literature and Composition
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Diagram/Illustration
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Lecture Notes
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Reading
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LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network
Author:
Alyson Blythe
Date Added:
03/11/2021
ENGL 1020: English Composition II: An Integrated Media Approach
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ENGL 1020: English Composition II: An Integrated Media Approach. Continuation and further development of material and strategies introduced in English Composition I. Primary emphasis on composition, including research strategies, argumentative writing, evaluation, and analysis. The course utilizes a scaffolding approach as well as cross-curricular resources and assignments to focus the course around a central theme: Analysis of Film Genres. All resources are OER, including the integration of textbooks: Waymaker: Introduction to College Composition by Lumen and Exploring Movie Construction and Production by John Reich.

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
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Full Course
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LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network
Author:
Alyson Blythe
Date Added:
03/11/2021
EmpoWord: A Student-Centered Anthology & Handbook for College Writers
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EmpoWord is a reader and rhetoric that champions the possibilities of student writing. The textbook uses actual student writing to exemplify effective writing strategies, celebrating dedicated college writing students to encourage and instruct their successors: the students in your class. Through both creative and traditional activities, readers are encouraged to explore a variety of rhetorical situations to become more critical agents of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in all facets of their lives. Straightforward and readable instruction sections introduce key vocabulary, concepts, and strategies. Three culminating assignments (Descriptive Personal Narrative; Text-Wrestling Analysis; Persuasive Research Essay) give students a chance to show their learning while also practicing rhetorical awareness techniques for future writing situations.

Subject:
Literature and Composition
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Portland State University
Provider Set:
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Author:
Shane Abrams
Date Added:
07/11/2018
EmpoWord: A Student-Centered Anthology & Handbook for College Writers
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EmpoWord is a reader and rhetoric that champions the possibilities of student writing. The textbook uses actual student writing to exemplify effective writing strategies, celebrating dedicated college writing students to encourage and instruct their successors: the students in your class. Through both creative and traditional activities, readers are encouraged to explore a variety of rhetorical situations to become more critical agents of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in all facets of their lives. Straightforward and readable instruction sections introduce key vocabulary, concepts, and strategies. Three culminating assignments (Descriptive Personal Narrative; Text-Wrestling Analysis; Persuasive Research Essay) give students a chance to show their learning while also practicing rhetorical awareness techniques for future writing situations.

Table of Contents
Part One: Description, Narration, and Reflection

Chapter One: Describing a Scene or Experience
Chapter Two: Telling a Story
Chapter Three: Reflecting on an Experience
Assignment: Descriptive Personal Narrative
Part Two: Text Wrestling

Chapter Four: Interpretation, Analysis, and Close Reading
Chapter Five: Summary and Reader-Response
Chapter Six: Analysis and Synthesis
Assignment: Text wrestling Analysis
Part Three: Research and Argumentation

Chapter Seven: Argumentation
Chapter Eight: Research Concepts
Chapter Nine: Interacting with Sources
Assignment: Persuasive Research Essay

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Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Shane Abrams
Date Added:
10/04/2019
English Composition
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This course will focus on essay writing, including such issues as development using specific support, coherence (making sure everything supports a thesis) organizational skills and correct grammatical form. It is an overview of the writing process – how you get from an idea to a complete, thorough essay. It will also include a detailed look at researched writing: how to find sources, cite sources and incorporate sources into text.

Table of Contents:
I. Course Information Documents
II. Communicating and Submitting Course Work
III. 1. Getting Started
IV. 2. Writing the Essay
V. 3. Narrative Writing
VI. 4. Process Writing
VII. 5. Compare/Contrast
VIII. 6. Classification
IX. 7. Argument/Research
X. 8. Review of In-Class Writing

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Clinton Community College
Jeff Meyers
Lumen Learning
Date Added:
04/12/2021
English Composition
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Welcome to English 101! This text is designed to reinforce reading, writing, and thinking skills that you already have been practicing as well as to introduce you to new strategies, giving you opportunities to reinforce and strengthen your skills.

Table of Contents:

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE
College Writing
Becoming a College Student
What’s College For?
Find Your Passion

CHAPTER 2: LEARNING TO LEARN
Introduction to Success Skills
World View and Self-Efficacy
Choose Your Attitude
College Success Basics
Habits for Success
Time Management
Avoiding Procrastination

CHAPTER 3: READING WELL
Reading Comprehension Definition
Working with Texts
Writing about Texts
Writing a Formal Summary
Analyzing a Text

CHAPTER 4: UNDERSTANDING RHETORIC AND ARGUMENT
Understanding Rhetorical Analysis
Rhetorical Concepts and Vocabulary
Rhetorical Analysis in the Real World
Audience and Purpose

CHAPTER 5: THE WRITING PROCESS
Understanding the Assignment
Getting Started
Outlining
Refining the Thesis and Organizing the Essay
Constructing the Thesis and Argument—From the Ground Up
Drafting
Getting Feedback
Revising
Reverse Outlining
Editing
Proofreading

CHAPTER 6: EFFECTIVE PARAGRAPHS AND ESSAYS
Tone, Voice, and Point of View
Paragraphs
Transitions
Organization and Development
Introductions and Conclusions
Countering Opposing Arguments

CHAPTER 7: RESEARCH STRATEGIES
The Research Process
Information Literacy
Types of Sources
Research Strategies
Summary vs. Paraphrase
Paraphrasing
Avoiding Plagiarism
Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Avoid It

CHAPTER 8: USING MLA STYLE
Document Formatting in MLA Style
In-Text Citations
Citing Sources in Your Paper
The Works Cited Page

CHAPTER 9: SENTENCE SKILLS
Sentence Variety and Complexity
Coordination and Subordination
Strategies for English Language Learners

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Alexa Johnson
Alex Gavilan
Byron Campbell
College of the Canyons
Jennifer Brezina
Date Added:
02/04/2021
English Composition 2
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Composition 2 is an expository writing course requiring more advanced writing skills than Composition 1, yet reviewing and incorporating some of the same skills. This course teaches research skills by emphasizing the development of advanced analytical/critical reading skills, proficiency in investigative research, and the writing of persuasive prose including documented and researched argumentative essays. A major component of this course will be an emphasis on the research process and information literacy.

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
Lumen Learning
Provider Set:
Candela Courseware
Date Added:
04/25/2019
English Composition: Connect, Collaborate, Communicate
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This OER textbook has been designed for students to learn the foundational concepts for English 100 (first-year college composition). The content aligns to learning outcomes across all campuses in the University of Hawai'i system. It was designed, written, and edited during a three day book sprint in May, 2019.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. College Success Skills
Chapter 2. The Writing Process
Chapter 3. Essay Structure
Chapter 4. Types of Essays
Chapter 5. Research Skills

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
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Textbook
Author:
Ann Inoshita
Jeanne K. Tsutsui
Karyl Garland
Kate Sims
Tasha Williams
Date Added:
06/11/2020
English Composition I
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This course promotes clear and effective communication by sharpening critical thinking and writing skills. The first unit is designed to change the way in which students think about writing--as a conversation rather than a solitary act. The second unit focuses on academic writing and explores the PWR-Writing or Power-Writing Method (PWR Pre-Write, Write, Revise). The remaining units will focus on the minutiae of good writing practices, from style to citation methodology. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: Demonstrate mastery of principles of grammar, usage, mechanics, and sentence structure. Identify the thesis in another individual's essay. Develop a thesis statement, structure it in an introductory paragraph, and support it with the body of the essay. Organize ideas logically within an essay, deploying adequate transitional devices to ensure coherence, flow, and focus. Differentiate between rhetorical strategies and write with an awareness of rhetorical technique and audience. Differentiate between tones and write with an awareness of how tone affects the audience's experience. Demonstrate critical and analytical thinking for reading and writing purposes. Quote, paraphrase, and document the work of others. Write sentences that vary in length and structure. (English 001)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Composition and Rhetoric
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
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Assessment
Full Course
Lecture
Reading
Syllabus
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The Saylor Foundation
Date Added:
04/29/2019
English Composition I
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Table of Contents:
I. Faculty Resources
II. Module 1: The Words We Use, The Worlds We Describe
III. Module 2: The Words We Are, The Stories We Tell
IV. Module 3: The Ways We Explain, The Examples We Choose
V. Module 5: The Words We Wield to Work for Peace – Argumentation Part I
VI. Module 6: Citation—How We Establish Credibility for the Evidence We Provide - Argumentation Part II
VII. Module 7: Compare and Contrast- How We Discuss Multiple Subjects at Once

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Florida State College At Jacksonville
Lumen Learning
Date Added:
04/12/2021
Expression and Inquiry
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Users of Expressions and Inquiry will note that it has three major sections—Section One which primarily focuses on the nuts and bolts of writing, otherwise known as Rhetoric and Composition, important to get writers started with the process of writing and also considering what their point or claim is. This section shares ideas about expressing ideas and is primarily derived from the Wiki Book on Rhetoric and Composition. Section Two continues to discuss academic writing including research and other inquiry methods as well as analysis and blends more of the previously cited Wiki Book and Shane Abram’s EmpoWord: A Student Centered Anthology and Handbook for College Writers. It also includes some examples from students at Lansing Community College and more discussion about thinking deeply about writing and techniques. Finally, Section Three Narrative and Description, is primarily based on Shane Abram’s EmpoWord. We circled back to the techniques of description and narration because we believe these techniques are needed to engage readers and develop voice in all writing. We hope all of this will help students in the Composition courses we teach and beyond.

Subject:
Literature and Composition
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Chris Manning
Melissa Lucken
Sally Pierce
Date Added:
04/29/2020