All resources in Bridgewater State University OER Commons

Let's Get Writing!

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A freshman composition textbook used by the English Department of Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) in Roanoke, Virginia. It aligns with ENG 111, the standard first-year composition course in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The ten chapter headings are: 1. Chapter 1 - Critical Reading 2. Chapter 2 - Rhetorical Analysis 3. Chapter 3 - Argument 4. Chapter 4 - The Writing Process 5. Chapter 5 - Rhetorical Modes 6. Chapter 6 - Finding and Using Outside Sources 7. Chapter 7 - How and Why to Cite 8. Chapter 8 - Writing Basics: What Makes a Good Sentence? 9. Chapter 9 - Punctuation 10. Chapter 10 - Working With Words: Which Word is Right? This book was created by the English faculty and librarians of VWCC using Creative Commons -licensed materials and original contributions.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Ann Moser, Elizabeth Browning, Jenifer Kurtz, Katelyn Burton, Kathy Boylan, Kirsten Devries

Progress Monitoring Project Outline

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Progress monitoring is the measurement of student achievement of a goal through the periodic collection of data. For this project you will be evaluating a student’s ability in literacy (e.g., letter recognition, phonemic awareness, word recognition, fluency), setting a goal for improvement, collecting data weekly, displaying the data collection in a graph, writing lesson plans, and then discussing the results of the project.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Ken Dobush

Smithsonian Open Access

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The following overview is from the Smithsonian Open Access web site: Welcome to Smithsonian Open Access, where you can download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking. With new platforms and tools, you have easier access to more than 3 million 2D and 3D digital items from our collections—with many more to come. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo. ...We have released these images and data into the public domain as Creative Commons Zero (CC0), meaning you can use, transform, and share our open access assets without asking permission from the Smithsonian.

Material Type: Data Set, Diagram/Illustration, Interactive, Primary Source

Author: Smithsonian

What Influences Corrections Policies

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In this section we learn two perspectives explaining punitive crime policies. One argues that political elites promote punitive criminal justice policies as a political move to counter the civil rights movement and control minority groups (Weaver). The other argues that the public’s punitive preferences influence the incarceration rate and political leaders’ agenda (Enns). To be clear, we don’t know which perspective is correct. Both sides have their logic and evidence. This topic still requires further exploration. 

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Luzi Shi

ENGL101 Snapshot: Looking At Your Potential Major and Career

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This First Year Writing assignment builds on narrative skills and introduces students to informational and argumentative writing using minimal primary and secondary research as well as drawing on elements on visual rhetoric. So far this semester you have reflected on the potential career(s) you are interested in and why you are in college. Now you are going to widen your scope to learn about the major disciplines of humanities, physical sciences, and social sciences that liberal arts courses make up and build on that knowledge to take a look at your possible major and career more specifically. It is important when thinking about a major to understand what job options that field of study can lead to and understand what courses are required. When thinking about a career it is useful to learn what types of positions exist, what skills are needed, and what those job positions are like on a daily basis. It is also equally important to remember that in college a major is not equal to a specific career. This project gives you the chance to explore all of that.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Nicole Williams

Introduction Email Assignment

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This is an introductory assignment for the first week of a new semester. This assignment involves students sending a properly formatted introduction email to the professor of the class, answering several questions within the body of the email (e.g., which topic from the course schedule are they most excited to learn about). 

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Ashley Hansen-Brown

Understanding Basic Music Theory

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Although it is significantly expanded from "Introduction to Music Theory", this course still covers only the bare essentials of music theory. Music is a very large subject, and the advanced theory that students will want to pursue after mastering the basics will vary greatly. A trumpet player interested in jazz, a vocalist interested in early music, a pianist interested in classical composition, and a guitarist interested in world music, will all want to delve into very different facets of music theory; although, interestingly, if they all become very well-versed in their chosen fields, they will still end up very capable of understanding each other and cooperating in musical endeavors. The final section of this course does include a few challenges that are generally not considered "beginner level" musicianship, but are very useful in just about every field and genre of music.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Catherine Schmidt-Jones

MaxGuides at Bridgewater State University

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The BSU MaxGuide for GEOG 333 (Environmental Justice) includes documents of historical importance relevant to the history of the environmental racism - environmental justice movement, including the first GAO reports in pdf format, and will be updated to links to journal articles tracing the roots of environmental racism, the problems of identifying environmental racism, the geographic nature of environmental racism, the issues of scale and sampling, and its shift into the larger embrace of environmental/social justice.

Material Type: Case Study

Author: Bob Amey

Joseph Bologne - String Quartet No. 2 Score

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                The String Ensemble set out to find an under represented BIPOC/female composer and work that we could record and revitalize/rearrange. After sifting through project composers and works, we settled on Joseph Bolonge Le Chevalier de St. Georges, a BIPOC and underrepresented composer and his work, String Quartet No. 2, Op. 1. Prior to our project, the work was offered with no overall score and just manuscript individual parts that were somewhat difficult to read. In addition, the string virtuoso composer had some much influence on Mozart, Haydn, and the creation of the classical music genre of the sinfonia concertante. Yet, I had never even heard of his existence or influence which music textbooks do not give Joseph Bologne the proper credit to sinfonia concertante. Therefore, we wanted to bring justice to a neglected composer and work so that others could hear his work and make his work more accessible to perform. https://youtu.be/9HEEawfBN80

Material Type: Full Course

Author: bebo Shiu