All resources in English & Writing

English 101: Food and Culture Through Writing

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English 101 is an introductory composition course, designed to improve your skills in expository and persuasive writing; the writing you will be doing in other courses in college and in many jobs. Sometimes this kind of writing is called transactional writing because it’s used to transact something—inform and (often) persuade a reasonably well-educated audience; conduct business; and evaluate, review, or explain a complex process, procedure, or event. The idea of this course is to develop your writing skills in conjunction with topics that interest you. This course focuses on the importance of reading and writing (more largely education in general) and how we can use those tools to help within our communities.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Melody Niesen

Writing in College: From Competence to Excellence

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Writing in College: From Competence to Excellence is designed for students who have largely mastered the conventions of high-school level writing and are now rising to meet more the advanced expectations of college. Students will find in Writing in College a warm invitation to think of themselves as full, self-motivated members of the academic community. With concise explanations, clear multi-disciplinary examples and empathy for the challenges of student life, this short textbook both explains the purposes behind college-level writing and offers indispensable advice for organization and expression.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Amy Guptill

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.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Shane Abrams

Write What Matters

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A modular open educational resource to support first-year writing courses in Idaho Have you ever wished for a handy source that would steer you in the right direction through all of your reading and writing assignments? This text aims to be that kind of guide. It includes lessons, examples, exercises, and definitions for many of the reading and writing-related scenarios that you will encounter in your first-year writing courses but also other subject-specific classes that require writing.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Amy Minervini, Joel Gladd, Liza Long

Let's Get Writing!

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The layout of our book implies there is a beginning, middle, and end to a writing course, but because writing is both an art and a skill, people will find their own processes for learning, improving, and using these skills. Writing processes differ because we are each looking for a workable schemata that fits our way of thinking. Try out a variety of writing processes and strategies, and find what works for you. If you are not uncomfortable on this journey, you simply are not stretching yet. A quick glance through the book will show you that it deftly covers the basics, which are always important to review as you get ready to build onto your scaffolding. Reminders of terminology that form the foundation of a discipline—as well as explanations, descriptions, and examples of their use in a basic education—are in chapters such as “Critical Reading,” “Writing Basics: What Makes a Good Sentence,” “The Writing Process,” “Punctuation,” and “Working with Words.” These are, of course, fundamentals that you have worked with throughout your education, learning in each course skills and habits that elevate your reading, writing, and thinking abilities. This college writing course will ensure that you take another step up to college and professional writing. This text is different in its emphasis on research skills and research writing. The form you will learn, the building blocks of that form, the formality, and the sacrosanct crediting of sources is explained here from English professors and our instructional librarian at the college. Leaning on questions that lead to searches for answers that lead to arguments that present your understanding, the chapters “Critical Reading,” “Rhetorical Modes,” and “Argument” will fill out your growing appreciation of and comfort with the research form in everyday life. From the discussion of source types to guidance through the research process to the models of essay deconstruction, you will find that the expectations and language of this text begin with the college-level student in mind. Working through this text will elevate you into the next stage of writing for a 21st century student and professional.

Material Type: Textbook

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

1, 2, 3 Write!

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1, 2, 3 Write! provides step-by-step instruction to build college writing skills. It combines comprehensive grammar and mechanics review with sentence, paragraph and essay writing techniques and practice. Links to example essays from professional and student writers demonstrate the skills studied and provide reading and critical thinking opportunities.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Gay Monteverde

Bay College - ENGL 101 - Rhetoric & Composition

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Online OER text adapted for use in ENGL 101 - Rhetoric & Composition by Amber Kinonen, Jennifer McCann, Todd McCann, and Erica Mead for Bay College. © 2017 Bay College and Content Creators. Except where otherwise noted this work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Amber Kinonen, Erica Mead, Jennifer McCann, Todd McCann

College Writing Handbook

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Abstract This PDF focuses on college-level writing, critical reading, and research challenges. This College Writing Handbook is a modified version of the Guide to Writing by Vallerie Mott and a writer listed as "Alexis." The original version of this book was released under a CC-BY license and is copyright by Lumen Learning. The changes to this book listed are released under a CC-BY-SA license and are copyright by Joshua Dickinson of Jefferson Community College. Description This all-in-one handbook has several chapters on the writing process. Also featured is coverage of critical reading, logical fallacies, avoiding plagiarism, citing in APA or MLA style, writing across the disciplines, as well as the typical grammar, punctuation, usage, ESL coverage. URI http://hdl.handle.net/1951/71295 Subjects College Writing, Research, Usage, Grammar, Handbook, APA Style, MLA Style, Writing Process

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Textbook

Author: Dickinson Joshua

Great Writers Inspire: What is Literature, and Why Does It Matter?

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This section brings together some resources from the across the Great Writers Inspire site to illustrate how these can be used as a starting point for exploration of or classroom discussion about the the questions 'What is Literature?', and 'Why Does It Matter?'.The 'What is Literature, and Why Does It Matter?' essay introduces a series of topics and questions and gives examples of resources to explore. It is aimed at teachers, students and anyone who is interested in literature who wants to put text into context and be inspired by Great Writers.

Material Type: Lecture, Reading

Authors: Alex Pryce, Ankhi Mukherjee, Catherine Brown, Helena Kennedy, Judith Luna, Kate O'Connor

English 102: What is Literature?

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During this class, we will be investigating the basic question: “What is literature?” What does literature mean to you? How do we define literature? What is counted as literature and why? What does literature have to do with popular culture? Does literature have value in today’s society? How does literature fit into our modern lives? Is literature important anymore? Why do we need (or not need) literature? How should literature be approached in schools? How have different concepts/ideas been portrayed in literature throughout history? What is canonical literature? Why does a lot of canonical literature reflect limited points of view? The idea of this course is to develop your writing skills in conjunction with topics related to literature that interests you. This semester we will be focusing our course on the importance of reading and writing (more largely education in general) and how we can use those tools to think and write critically about the things we read.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Melody Niesen

Becoming America: An Exploration of American Literature from Precolonial to Post-Revolution

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The University of North Georgia Press and Affordable Learning Georgia bring you Becoming America: An Exploration of American Literature from Precolonial to Post-Revolution. Featuring sixty-nine authors and full texts of their works, the selections in this open anthology represent the diverse voices in early American literature. This completely-open anthology will connect students to the conversation of literature that is embedded in American history and has helped shaped its culture.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Wendy Kurant

Writing and Literature: Composition as Inquiry, Learning, Thinking, and Communication

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In the age of Buzzfeeds, hashtags, and Tweets, students are increasingly favoring conversational writing and regarding academic writing as less pertinent in their personal lives, education, and future careers. Writing and Literature: Composition as Inquiry, Learning, Thinking and Communication connects students with works and exercises and promotes student learning that is kairotic and constructive. Dr. Tanya Long Bennett, professor of English at the University of North Georgia, poses questions that encourage active rather than passive learning. Furthering ideas presented in Contribute a Verse: A Guide to First-Year Composition as a complimentary companion, Writing and Literature builds a new conversation covering various genres of literature and writing. Students learn the various writing styles appropriate for analyzing, addressing, and critiquing these genres including poetry, novels, dramas, and research writing. The text and its pairing of helpful visual aids throughout emphasizes the importance of critical reading and analysis in producing a successful composition. Writing and Literature is a refreshing textbook that links learning, literature, and life.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Tanya Long Bennet

British Literature I Anthology: From the Middle Ages to Neoclassicism and the Eighteenth Century

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The University of North Georgia Press and Affordable Learning Georgia bring you British Literature I: From the Middle Ages to Neoclassicism and the Eighteenth Century. Featuring over 50 authors and full texts of their works, this anthology follows the shift of monarchic to parliamentarian rule in Britain, and the heroic epic to the more egalitarian novel as genre. Features: Original introductions to The Middle Ages; The Sixteenth Century: The Tudor Age; The Seventeenth Century: The Age of Revolution; and Neoclassicism and the Eighteenth Century Over 100 historical images Instructional Design, including Reading and Review Questions and Key Terms Forthcoming ancillary with open-enabled pedagogy, allowing readers to contribute to the project This textbook is an Open Access Resource. It can be reused, remixed, and reedited freely without seeking permission.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Bonnie J. Robertson, Laura J. Getty

British Literature II: Romantic Era to the Twentieth Century and Beyond

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The University of North Georgia Press and Affordable Learning Georgia bring you British Literature II: Romantic Era to the Twentieth Century and Beyond. Featuring 37 authors and full texts of their works, the selections in this open anthology represent the literature developed within and developing through their respective eras. This completely-open anthology will connect students to the conversation of literature that has captivated readers in the past and still holds us now. Features: Contextualizing introductions to the Romantic era; the Victorian era; and the Twentieth Century and beyond. Over 90 historical images. In-depth biographies of each author. Instructional Design features, including Reading and Review Questions. This textbook is an Open Educational Resource. It can be reused, remixed, and reedited freely without seeking permission.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Bonnie J Robinson

Compact Anthology of World Literature

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The introductions in this anthology are meant to be just that: a basic overview of what students need to know before they begin reading, with topics that students can research further. An open access literature textbook cannot be a history book at the same time, but history is the great companion of literature: The more history students know, the easier it is for them to interpret literature.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Kyounghye Kwon, Laura Getty