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Academic Success
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Academic Success is designed to help students on their university journey. It is divided into four parts, each reflecting different aspects of a student’s tertiary experience. Part A: Successful Beginnings addresses what it is like to be a new student at an Australian university. Part B: Successful Foundations introduces basic skills in English language, techniques for accessing and working with information, and understanding academic integrity. Part C: Successful Study Skills presents the everyday, core skills that successful students use while at university. Lastly, Part D: Successful Assessment meets head-on the challenges of tertiary assessments. This open book ultimately aids students across all disciplines in achieving academic success at university.

Subject:
Higher Education
Material Type:
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University of Southern Queensland
Author:
Cristy Bartlett
Linda Clark
Tyler Cawthray
Date Added:
02/14/2022
Advanced Community College ESL Composition: An Integrated Skills Approach
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This book has been created to provide a framework for building your skills in writing and critical thinking. It provides access to published samples from professional authors along with essay drafts from ESL students who have polished their skills in their respective writing courses.

The themes in the readings will give you a variety of topics to discuss with your classmates, which may inspire your own deeper thinking and writing. Overall, we hope that as you proceed through these chapters, you will build confidence and develop your voice in the classroom and beyond.

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Language Education (ESL and TESOL)
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Textbook
Author:
Edgar Perez
Jenell Rae
Sara Behseta
Date Added:
02/14/2022
Advanced Essay Workshop, Spring 2008
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" This course is a workshop for students with some experience in writing essays, nonfiction prose. Our focus will be negotiating and representing identities grounded in gender, race, class, nationality, sexuality, and other categories of identity, either our own or others', in prose that is expository, exploratory, investigative, persuasive, lyrical, or incantatory. We will read nonfiction prose works by a wide array of writers who have used language to negotiate and represent aspects of identity and the ways the different determinants of identity intersect, compete, and cooperate."

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Creative and Applied Arts
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Full Course
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MIT
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Faery, Rebecca Blevins
Date Added:
01/01/2008
Angles, Spring 2010
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Angles is an annual online magazine of exemplary writing by MIT students. All of the works published in Angles since its first edition in 2008 were written by students in the introductory writing courses. These courses, designated as CI-HW (Communications-Intensive Humanities Writing) subjects, bring together students who love to write, students who struggle with writing, students who thrive in seminar-style classes, and students who just want a chance to develop their English skills. These students prosper together and produce some remarkable work. Angles has provided them with a public outlet for that work. It also provides the CI-HW instructors with material that inspires and guides their current students.

In these classes, students learn to read more critically, to address specific audiences for particular purposes, to construct effective arguments and narratives, and to use and cite source material properly. Students in these courses write a great deal; they prewrite, write, revise, and edit their work for content, clarity, tone, and grammar and receive detailed feedback from instructors and classmates. Assigned readings are related to the thematic focus of each course, and are used as demonstrations of writing techniques. The pieces in Angles may be used as teaching tools and practical examples for other students and self-learners to emulate.

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Creative and Applied Arts
Literature
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MIT
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Author:
Dr. Andrea Walsh
Dr. Cynthia Taft
Dr. Karen Boiko
Jane Kokernak
Jared David Berezin
Louise Harrison Lepera
Lucy Marx
Date Added:
01/01/2015
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.

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Composition and Rhetoric
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WAC Clearinghouse
Author:
Asao B. Inoue
Date Added:
01/01/2017
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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Communication and English Language Arts
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Full Course
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MIT
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Abbanat, Cherie
Date Added:
01/01/2006
Authoring Open Textbooks
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This guide is for faculty authors, librarians, project managers and others who are involved in the production of open textbooks in higher education and K-12. Content includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Open Textbook Network
Author:
Anita R. Walz
Caitie Finlayson
Cody Taylor
Deb Quentel
Dianna Fisher
Karen Bjork
Karen Lauritsen
Linda Frederiksen
Melissa Falldin
Ralph Morelli
Shane Nackerud
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01/01/2017
Bad Ideas About Writing
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Bad Ideas About Writing counters major myths about writing instruction. Inspired by the provocative science- and social-science-focused book This Idea Must Die and written for a general audience, the collection offers opinionated, research-based statements intended to spark debate and to offer a better way of teaching writing. Contributors, as scholars of rhetoric and composition, provide a snapshot of and antidotes to major myths in writing instruction. This collection is published in whole by the Digital Publishing Institute at WVU Libraries and in part by Inside Higher Ed.

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Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
West Virginia University
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Open Access Textbooks
Author:
Cheryl E. Ball
Drew M. Loewe
Date Added:
01/01/2017
Better writing from the beginning: An open text on the college writing process
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Covers processes and fundamentals of writing expository essays, including structure, organization and development, diction and style, revision and editing, mechanics and standard usage required for college-level writing.

This project was funded by a grant from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in Oregon, a grant that ran from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The text of the book is complete (though, in the way of these things, still evolving), but moving it online is still in progress. The chapters available here are ready to be used or copied; additional chapters will be added during the summer of 2017 as the conversion and final copy edits are completed.

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Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Jenn Kepka
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Beyond Argument: Essaying as a Practice of (Ex)Change
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Beyond Argument offers an in-depth examination of how current ways of thinking about the writer-page relation in personal essays can be reconceived according to practices in the care of the self — an ethic by which writers such as Seneca, Montaigne, and Nietzsche lived. This approach promises to reinvigorate the form and address many of the concerns expressed by essay scholars and writers regarding the lack of rigorous exploration we see in our students' personal essays — and sometimes, even, in our own. In pursuing this approach, Sarah Allen presents a version of subjectivity that enables productive debate in the essay, among essays, and beyond.

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
WAC Clearinghouse
Author:
Sarah Allen
Date Added:
01/01/2015
Beyond Dichotomy: Synergizing Writing Center and Classroom Pedagogies
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How closely can or should writing centers and writing classrooms collaborate? Beyond Dichotomy explores how research on peer tutoring one-to-one and in small groups can inform our work with students in writing centers and other tutoring programs, as well as in writing courses and classrooms. These multi-method (including rhetorical and discourse analyses and ethnographic and case-study) investigations center on several course-based tutoring (CBT) partnerships at two universities. Rather than practice separately in the center or in the classroom, rather than seeing teacher here and tutor there and student over there, CBT asks all participants in the dynamic drama of teaching and learning to consider the many possible means of connecting synergistically.

This book offers the "more-is-more" value of designing more peer-to-peer learning situations for developmental and multicultural writers, and a more elaborate view of what happens in these peer-centered learning environments. It offers important implications—especially of directive and nondirective tutoring strategies and methods—for peer-to-peer learning and one-to-one tutoring and conferencing for all teachers and learners of writing.

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
WAC Clearinghouse
Author:
Steven J. Corbett
Date Added:
01/01/2015
Business Communication for Success
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Business Communication for Success (BCS) provides a comprehensive, integrated approach to the study and application of written and oral business communication to serve both student and professor.

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Business
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University of Minnesota
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Author:
Scott McLean
Date Added:
01/01/2010
Business Communication for Success Textbook
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This book, made available by Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), is suited for Business Writing, Business English or Business Research/Report Writing courses. This adaptation has reformatted the original text, and replaced some images and figures to make the resulting whole compatible with accessibility software. The adaptation was also conducted in order to provide a greater level of Canadian context. This adaptation has not significantly altered or updated the original 2010 text.

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Business
Communication and English Language Arts
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Textbook
Provider:
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Business Writing
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This course allows students to develop effective written communication strategies specifically for the workplace. From idea gathering to drafting to delivery, this course will prepare students to write a variety of documents, including memos, letters, and reports, tailored to professional audiences.

Subject:
Business
Composition and Rhetoric
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Full Course
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Provider:
Lumen Learning
Provider Set:
Candela Courseware
Date Added:
08/13/2020
The Centrality of Style
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In The Centrality of Style, editors Mike Duncan and Star Medzerian Vanguri argue that style is a central concern of composition studies even as they demonstrate that some of the most compelling work in the area has emerged from the margins of the field. Calling attention to this paradox in his foreword to the collection, Paul Butler observes, "Many of the chapters work within the liminal space in which style serves as both a centralizing and decentralizing force in rhetoric and composition. Clearly, the authors and editors have made an invaluable contribution in their collection by exposing the paradoxical nature of a canon that continues to play a vital role in our disciplinary history."

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
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WAC Clearinghouse
Author:
Mike Duncan
Star Medzerian Vanguri
Date Added:
02/17/2013
Chinese Rhetoric and Writing: An Introduction for Language Teachers
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The authors of Chinese Rhetoric and Writing offer a response to the argument that Chinese students' academic writing in English is influenced by "culturally nuanced rhetorical baggage that is uniquely Chinese and hard to eradicate." Noting that this argument draws from "an essentially monolingual and Anglo-centric view of writing," they point out that the rapid growth in the use of English worldwide calls for "a radical reassessment of what English is in today's world." The result is a book that provides teachers of writing, and in particular those involved in the teaching of English academic writing to Chinese students, an introduction to key stages in the development of Chinese rhetoric, a wide-ranging field with a history of several thousand years. Understanding this important rhetorical tradition provides a strong foundation for assessing and responding to the writing of this growing group of students.

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Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
WAC Clearinghouse
Author:
Andy Kirkpatrick
Zhichang Xu
Date Added:
03/05/2015
Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research
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Choosing & Using Sources presents a process for academic research and writing, from formulating your research question to selecting good information and using it effectively in your research assignments. Additional chapters cover understanding types of sources, searching for information, and avoiding plagiarism. Each chapter includes self-quizzes and activities to reinforce core concepts and help you apply them. There are also appendices for quick reference on search tools, copyright basics, and fair use.

Subject:
Education
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Full Course
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Provider:
The Ohio State University
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Author:
Cheryl Lowry
Date Added:
01/01/2015
ClicaBrasil
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The Portuguese language lessons of ClicaBrasil highlight aspects of Brazilian culture. They are designed for intermediate to advanced students, but are accessible to everyone. Each lesson includes videos of Brazilians from all walks of life speaking naturally about their lives and their country. All lessons integrate reading, writing, listening and comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, oral communication and cultural activities with the videos. This is also available as a free PDF textbook and as print on demand.

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Languages
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Assessment
Full Course
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University of Texas at Austin
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COERLL
Author:
Flanzer, Vivian
Date Added:
08/13/2020
ClicaBrasil
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The Portuguese language lessons of ClicaBrasil highlight aspects of Brazilian culture. They are designed for intermediate to advanced students, but are accessible to everyone. Each lesson includes videos of Brazilians from all walks of life speaking naturally about their lives and their country. All lessons integrate reading, writing, listening and comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, oral communication and cultural activities with the videos. This is also available as a free PDF textbook and as print on demand.

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Languages
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Full Course
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University of Texas at Austin
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COERLL
Author:
Flanzer, Vivian
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Cohesion: Uniting Reading and Writing!
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The purpose of this text, or should we say guide, is to help all students in English composition classes - whether stand-alone or coupled with reading courses - understand the connections and the cohesive aspect of reading and writing. The authors used their own years of teaching both reading and writing, for all levels in college, to explain concepts in a straightforward and clear manner for students. The goal is that this becomes a resource - a FREE resource – students can return to time and time again when they have questions or need a refresher even after their English composition course ends.

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Communication and English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Developmental Grammar
Developmental Reading of Informational Text
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Textbook
Author:
Erika Warnick
Elaine Ramzinski
Tasha Vice
Date Added:
06/30/2021
College ESL Writers: Applied Grammar and Composing Strategies for Success
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College ESL Writers: Applied Grammar and Composing Strategies for Success is designed as a comprehensive grammar and writing etext for high intermediate and advanced level non-native speakers of English. We open the text with a discussion on the sentence and then break it down into its elemental components, before reconstructing them into effective sentences with paragraphs and larger academic assignments. Following that, we provide instruction in paragraph and essay writing with several opportunities to both review the fundamentals as well as to demonstrate mastery and move on to more challenging assignments.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL and TESOL)
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Barbara Hall
Elizabeth Wallace
Date Added:
02/09/2018
College Reading and Writing Foundations
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English faculty from West Texas A&M University, Amarillo College, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, and Texas A&M University - Galveston teamed up to create this open access resource: College Reading and Writing Foundations. This textbook was primarily created for integrated reading and writing courses but serves as a great refresher or supplement for anyone in college.

NOTE: This is a beta version of College Reading & Writing Foundations being piloted for assessment and revision in Spring 2022. Content will be revised and added throughout 2022, with the final version available December 2022.

Subject:
Communication and English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Foundation Skills
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
AJ McCormick
Andrea Montalvo-Hamid
Bonnie Roos
Rebecca Weir
Susan Murphy
Date Added:
12/31/2021
College Success
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College Success takes a fresh look at what it means, in today’s world, with today’s students, to be successful in college.Although many of the topics included—from study skills to personal health, from test-taking to managing time and money—will look familiar to those who have used student success texts that have been around for many editions, College Success takes a new approach. The focus is on realistic, practical tools for the students who need them. This is a book designed, frankly, for students who may have difficulty with traditional college texts. The style is direct and to the point. Information is presented concisely and as simply as possible. This is not a weighty tome that discusses student success—this is a manual for doing it.College student demographics have changed considerably in recent decades. More than a third of all students enroll not directly from high school but after a delay of some years. More students are working and have families. More students come from varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds. More students are the first in their family to attend college. More students have grown up with electronic media and now read and think in ways different from the previous generation. With these and so many other cultural changes, more students are not well prepared for a college education with the study skills and life skills they need to become successful students.For each student to get the most out of College Success and their college experience they must understand who they are as it relates to college. To that end, in every chapter students explore themselves, because success starts with recognizing your own strengths and weaknesses. Students make their own goals based on this self-assessment, determining what success in college really means for them as individuals. Interactive activities then help students learn the choices available to them and the possibilities for improving their skills. Skills are presented in step-by-step processes, tips for success in manageable highlighted displays. Most important, students always see the value of what they are reading—and how they can begin to apply it immediately in their own lives.College Success is intended for use in Freshmen Orientation, Study Skills or Student Success courses. A 2009 study revealed that currently nationwide, 34% of college freshmen do not return to their college for their sophomore year. This book is designed to help change that.

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Communication and English Language Arts
Education
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Textbook
Provider:
University of Minnesota
Provider Set:
University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing
Author:
Bruce Beiderwell
Linda F. Tse
Nicholas B. deKanter
Tom Lochhaas
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Communicating in Cyberspace, Fall 2003
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Subject covers the analysis, design, implementation, and testing of various forms of digital communication based on group collaboration. Students are encouraged to think about the Web and other new digital interactive media not just in terms of technology but also broader issues such as language (verbal and visual), design, information architecture, communication and community. Students work in small groups on a semester-long project of their choice. Various written and oral presentations document project development.

Subject:
Graphic Design
Computer Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Barrett, Edward
Date Added:
01/01/2003
Communicating in Technical Organizations, Spring 2005
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An exploration of the role that communication plays in the work of the contemporary engineering and science professional. Emphasis is placed on analyzing how composition and publication contribute to work management and knowledge production, as well as the "how-to" aspects of writing specific kinds of documents in a clear style. Topics include: communication as organizational process, electronic modes such as e-mail and the Internet, the informational and social roles of specific document forms, writing as collaboration, the writing process, the elements of style, methods of oral presentation, and communication ethics. Case studies used as the basis for class discussion and some writing assignments. Several short documents, a longer report or article, and a short oral presentation are required.

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Creative and Applied Arts
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Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Evens, Aden
Date Added:
01/01/2005
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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Communication and English Language Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
Lumen Learning
Provider Set:
Candela Courseware
Date Added:
08/13/2020
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.

Subject:
Communication and English Language Arts
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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OpenOregon
Author:
Chauna Ramsey
Date Added:
08/23/2016
Crafting Research Questions and Qualitative Methodology, Fall 2005
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Seminar provides an overview of quantitative and qualitative research methods in the social sciences. Topics covered include: hypothesis formulation and theory construction; data collection techniques (experimental, survey, and observational); ethical issues in research; and how to prepare a research proposal. Goal is to provide students with the methodological skills to evaluate existing studies and to select appropriate methods for use in their own research.

Subject:
Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Full Course
Provider:
MIT
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Tendler, Judith
Date Added:
01/01/2005
The Creative Spark, Fall 2004
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Creative activity (isn't) the icing on the cake. Human creativity is the cake. (Jerry Hirschberg) Creativity - "The mastery of information and skills in the service of dreams" (Hirschberg) - is much prized in the arts, science, business and the classroom. What does the creative process look like? Under what conditions does it flourish - what ignites the creative spark? Attempting to answer these questions, this class explores ways creativity has been understood in Western culture: what we prize and fear about creativity and its wellsprings; how writers, artists, scientists and inventors have described their own creative processes; how psychologists and philosophers have theorized it; ways in which creativity has been represented in Western culture, particularly in 20th century films; and creativity in everyday life, including our own lives. Readings include portions of psychologist Rollo May's The Courage To Create, and essays by Joan Didion, John Updike, Alice Walker, Oliver Sacks, and others. In addition, we'll watch video profiles of choreographer Paul Taylor, architect Maya Lin, and jazz musician Dave Brubeck. We'll keep journals in which we note our own observations and reflections on creative process. We will also watch a film together as a class one evening early in the term.

Subject:
Creative and Applied Arts
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Full Course
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MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Boiko
Karen
Date Added:
01/01/2004
Critical Reading and Writing
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CRW 111 students gain practice in applying effective strategies for understanding college material by relating generalization to supporting ideas and identifying the patterns into which ideas are structured. Students use computers to develop analytical capabilities in the course's computer lab component. CRW 111 carries 3 credits and meets 3 hours per week.

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Communication and English Language Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
UMass Boston
Provider Set:
UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
Author:
Erin M. O'Brien
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Deutsch im Blick
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A multimedia 1st-year German language program based on videos of native speakers and the UT Summer Program in WŸrzburg, Germany. The online textbook includes recorded vocabulary, phonetics lessons, an online grammar component, online comparative polls and internet writing activities.

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Languages
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University of Texas at Austin
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COERLL
Author:
Zsuzsanna Abrams
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Documentary Photography and Photo Journalism: Still Images of A World In Motion, Spring 2016
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Designed to increase students' understanding of, appreciation for, and ability to do documentary photography and photojournalism. Each three-hour class is divided between a discussion of issues and readings, and a group critique of students' projects. Students must have their own photographic equipment and be responsible for processing and printing: either by student or commercial lab. Students must show basic proficiency with their equipment. Readings include Susan Sontag, Robert Coles, Ken Light, Eugene Richards, and others. Previous photographic experience required.

Subject:
Journalism
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Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Colen, B. D.
Date Added:
01/01/2016
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:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Portland State University
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PDXOpen
Author:
Shane Abrams
Date Added:
07/11/2018
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.

Subject:
Communication and English Language Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Hawaii
Provider Set:
Pressbooks
Author:
Ann Inoshita
Jeanne K. Tsutsui Keuma
Karyl Garland
Kate Sims
Tasha Williams
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Exploring Perspectives: A Concise Guide to Analysis
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The reason why Randall Fallows wrote Exploring Perspectives: A Concise Guide to Analysis is simple; to help give students a better understanding of how to discover, develop, and revise an analytical essay. Here is how his 5 chapter book goes about doing just that:The first two chapters focus on the nature of an analysis and what’s involved in writing an analytical essay. First, Randall shows that analysis consists of a balance of assertions (statements which present their viewpoints or launch an exploration of their concerns), examples (specific passages/scenes/events which inspire these views), explanations (statements that reveal how the examples support the assertions), and significance (statements which reveal the importance of their study to personal and/or cultural issues).After showing why each feature should be present throughout an essay, he reveals how to ”set the stage“ for producing one of their own. He first helps students to evaluate their own views on a subject and to examine how these views emerge from their own experiences, values and judgments. He, then, shows them how to research what others have said about the subject and provides suggestions for evaluating and incorporating this research into their own perspectives.Finally, Randall discusses the nature of writing, not as a linear procedure, but as a recursive process where the discovery and clarification of a concept occur simultaneously.The remaining three chapters reveal more specific advice on how to develop an analytical essay.Exploring Perspectives: A Concise Guide to Analysis by Randall Fallows is a great text to prepare any student to write analytical essays for the argument and persuasion courses.

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Composition and Rhetoric
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Textbook
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Flat World Knowledge
Author:
Randall Fallows
Date Added:
01/01/2011
Expository Writing: Analyzing Mass Media, Spring 2001
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This course focuses on developing and refining the skills that will you need to express your voice more effectively as an academic writer. To this end, we'll think about writing as an act of self-discovery, as an act of critical thinking, and as an act of communicating with an audience. Throughout the semester, students will focus on writing as a process of drafting and revising to create essays that are lively, clear, engaging and meaningful to a wider audience.

Subject:
Creative and Applied Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Walsh, Andrea S.
Date Added:
01/01/2001
Expository Writing: Autobiography - Theory and Practice, Spring 2001
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Subject focused on forms of exposition, including narration, critique, argument, and persuasion. Frequent writing assignments, regular revisions, and short oral presentations are required. Readings and specific writing assignments vary by section. See subject's URL for enhanced section descriptions. Emphasis is on developing students' ability to write clear and effective prose. Students can expect to write frequently, to give and receive response to work in progress, to improve their writing by revising, to read the work of accomplished writers, and to participate actively in class discussions and workshops. Focus: What can we believe when we read an autobiography? How do writers recall, select, shape, and present their lives to construct life stories? Readings that ground these questions include selections from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Linda Brent (pseudonym for Harriet Jacobs), "A Sketch of the Past" by Virginia Woolf, Notes of A Native Son by James Baldwin, "The Achievement of Desire" by Richard Rodriguez, The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, and "Our Secret" by Susan Griffin. Discussion, papers, and brief oral presentations will focus on the content of the life stories as well as the forms and techniques authors use to shape autobiography. We will identify masks and stances used to achieve various goals, sources and interrelationships of technical and thematic concerns, and "fictions" of autobiographical writing. Assignments will allow students to consider texts in terms of their implicit theories of autobiography, of theories we read, and of students' experiences; assignments also allow some autobiographical writing.

Subject:
Creative and Applied Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Fox, Elizabeth
Date Added:
01/01/2001
First-Year Composition: Writing as Inquiry and Argumentation
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First-Year Composition is an open-source textbook designed to support the work of undergraduate writers enrolled in college composition courses. Although many of the topics addressed in the book are written with first- and second-year students in mind, the content remains relevant for writers at any stage of writerly development.

Subject:
Communication and English Language Arts
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Primary Source
Author:
Jackie Hoermann-elliott
Kathy Quesenbury
Date Added:
12/20/2021
Foreign Language Teaching Methods
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An online, video-based methods course focusing on best practices for foreign language instruction at the high-school and college levels. It features 12 interactive media-rich modules taught by different professors from the University of Texas at Austin. Modules include Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar, Pragmatics, Culture, The Language Learner, Technology, Classroom Management, and Assessment.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Syllabus
Provider:
University of Texas at Austin
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COERLL
Author:
Blyth, Carl (ed.)
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Foreign Languages and the Literary in the Everyday (FLLITE)
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The FLLITE website contains a collection of lessons in second language literacy for various languages.

The website is the focal point of the FLLITE Project, which takes the creative moments found in everyday language use as the basis for lessons in second language literacy. By emphasizing language play as central to communication, FLLITE lessons aim to develop language awareness as well as communicative abilities through the integration of speaking, reading, listening, and writing tasks.

The goal of the FLLITE Project is the publication of classroom-tested lessons based on authentic texts in different languages, for example, blogs, Internet memes, YouTube videos, slam poetry, and so forth.

All FLLITE lessons carry an open license that allows you the teacher to…

…access, adapt, and re-use any lesson; and
…contribute a lesson for editorial feedback and publication.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Texas at Austin
Provider Set:
COERLL
Author:
Center for Educational Resources in Culture Language and Literacy (CERCLL)
Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL)
Date Added:
04/19/2017
Français interactif
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Français interactif is a unique, award-winning 1st-year French curriculum used by learners all over the world. Students explore French language and culture by following the lives of real students who have participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. The online curriculum includes over 320 videos, vocabulary and phonetics audio, online grammar reference with self-correcting exercises and audio dialogues, verb conjugation and practice tools, internet activities, and a textbook of classroom exercises. Franais interactif was awarded the 2009 CALICO Esperanto Access to Language Education Award and the National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment Best of Humanities on the Web award (2005)

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Syllabus
Provider:
University of Texas at Austin
Provider Set:
COERLL
Author:
Blyth, Carl
Guilloteau, Nancy
Kelton, Karen
Date Added:
08/13/2020
From College to Career: A Handbook for Student Writers
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This OER is a writing handbook and resources for English grammar and punctuation.

Subject:
Communication and English Language Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Andrea Carl
Christina Frasier
Core Curriculum
Excelsior Online Writing Lab Arthur Rankin Odessa College Melissa Elston
James Sexton
Jared Aragona
Jenn Kepka
Kate Sims
Robin Jeffrey
Tsutsui Keuma
Date Added:
12/05/2021
Humanistic Perspectives on Medicine: From Ancient Greece to Modern America, Spring 2005
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For students with experience in nonfiction prose and interest in the non-science side of medicine. Advanced study of the art of essay (form, style, techniques of persuasion) and practice of that form. Students required to write substantial essays and revise their work. Students read and discuss the writings of distinguished physicians from antiquity to the late twentieth century.

Subject:
Creative and Applied Arts
Philosophy
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Lioi, Anthony
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Informed Arguments: A Guide to Writing and Research - Revised Second Edition
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Welcome to composition and rhetoric! While most of you are taking this course because it is required, we hope that all of you will leave with more confidence in your reading, writing, researching, and speaking abilities as these are all elements of freshman composition. Many times, these elements are presented in excellent textbooks written by top scholars. While the collaborators of this particular textbook respect and value those textbooks available from publishers, we have been concerned with disenfranchising students who do not have the resources to purchase textbooks. Therefore, we decided to put together this Open Educational Resource (OER) explicitly for use in freshman composition courses at Texas A&M University. Thanks to a generous grant from Dean David Carlson of the Texas A&M University Libraries, this project became a reality. It is a collaborative endeavor undertaken by faculty in the libraries and English Department as part of the Provost’s Student Success Initiatives at Texas A&M and continues to be a work in progress. Combined, Dr. Terri Pantuso, Dr. Kathy Anders, and Prof. Sarah LeMire have over 30 years of experience in writing and research instruction. Our goal is for students to leave this course as critical thinkers, polished writers, and informed citizens who can engage in civil public discourse. Gig ‘em, Ags!

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Texas A&M University
Author:
Kathy Anders
Sarah LeMire
Terri Pantuso
Date Added:
02/14/2022
Introduction to Linguistics, Fall 2012
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This course studies what is language and what does knowledge of a language consist of. It asks how do children learn languages and is language unique to humans; why are there many languages; how do languages change; is any language or dialect superior to another; and how are speech and writing related. Context for these and similar questions is provided by basic examination of internal organization of sentences, words, and sound systems. No prior training in linguistics is assumed.

Subject:
Creative and Applied Arts
Philosophy
Linguistics
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Pesetsky, David
Date Added:
01/01/2012
Launching Digital Writing in the Elementary Classroom
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Launching Digital Writing in the Elementary Classroom tells the stories of seven teachers who were willing to take risks and venture into new territory by integrating technology into their workshops in meaningful ways.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Pressbooks
Author:
Julie Johnson
Date Added:
01/01/2017
Learning Chinese: A Foundation Course in Mandarin, Spring 2011
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This online textbook represents materials that were used in the first four semesters (two years) of the Mandarin program at MIT. They eventually formed the basis of a print textbook of the same name, published by Yale University Press; information and supplemental materials for the Yale edition are available at the companion website. The OCW course materials were extensively revised, and at times reordered, before publication, but the general principles of the original remain: to provide a comprehensive resource for the foundation levels of Chinese language that separates the learning of oral skills from literary (the former being transcribed in pinyin, and the latter in characters). This resource contains the complete online version of the text and accompanying audio recordings.

Subject:
Communication and English Language Arts
Creative and Applied Arts
Languages
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Wheatley, Julian K.
Date Added:
01/01/2010
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.

Subject:
Communication and English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Elizabeth Browning
Jenifer Kurtz
Katelyn Burton
Kathy Boylan
Kirsten Devries
Date Added:
10/19/2021
Literary Studies: The Legacy of England, Spring 2006
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Subject is a reading course in English literature across genre and historical period. Designed for students who wish to study English literature or writing in some depth, or wish to know more about English literary culture and history. Students learn about the relationships between literary themes, forms, and conventions and the times in which they were produced. Students examine Renaissance lyrics, Enlightenment satire, and modernist short stories. Subject focused on England because of its historical importance and its usefulness as an example for illustrating patterns over the centuries. Students form a framework for understanding how more focused subjects fit into literary studies, and what terms, concerns, and methods provide connections among the diverse subjects grouped under "Literature."

Subject:
Creative and Applied Arts
Literature
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Tapscott, Stephen
Date Added:
01/01/2006
Medieval Literature: Dante, Boccaccio, Chaucer, Spring 2005
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Examines cultural developments within European literature from different societies at different time-periods throughout the Middle Ages (500-1500). Considers--from a variety of political, historical, and anthropological perspectives--the growth of institutions (civic, religious, educational, and economic) which shaped the personal experiences of individuals in ways that remain quite distinct from those of modern Western societies. Texts mostly taught in translation. Topics vary and include: Courtly Literature of the High and Late Middle Ages, Medieval Women Writers, Chaucer and the 14th Century, and the Crusades.

Subject:
Creative and Applied Arts
Literature
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Cain, James
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Naming the Unnameable: An Approach to Poetry for New Generations
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Informed by a writing philosophy that values both spontaneity and discipline, Michelle Bonczek Evory’s Naming the Unnameable: An Approach to Poetry for New Generations offers practical advice and strategies for developing a writing process that is centered on play and supported by an understanding of America’s rich literary traditions. With consideration to the psychology of invention, Bonczek Evory provides students with exercises aimed to make writing in its early stages a form of play that gives way to more enriching insights through revision, embracing the writing of poetry as both a love of language and a tool that enables us to explore ourselves and better understand the world. The volume includes resources for students seeking to publish and build a writing-centered lifestyle or career. Poets featured range in age, subject, and style, and many are connected to colleges in the State University of New York system. Naming the Unnameable promotes an understanding of poetry as a living art of which students are a part, and provides ways for students to involve themselves in the growing contemporary poetry community that thrives in America today.

Subject:
Literature
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
State University of New York
Provider Set:
Milne Open Textbooks
Author:
Michelle Bonczek Evory
Date Added:
03/09/2018
Placing the History of College Writing: Stories from the Incomplete Archive
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In Placing the History of College Writing, Nathan Shepley argues that pre-1950s composition history, if analyzed with the right conceptual tools, can pluralize and clarify our understanding of the relationship between the writing of college students and the writing's physical, social, and discursive surroundings. Even if the immediate outcome of student writing is to generate academic credit, Shepley shows, the writing does more complex rhetorical work. It gives students chances to uphold or adjust institutional codes for student behavior, allows students and their literacy sponsors to respond to sociopolitical issues in a city or state, enables faculty and administrators to create strategic representations of institutional or program identities, and connects people across disciplines, occupations, and geographic locations. Shepley argues that even if many of today's composition scholars and instructors work at institutions that lack extensive historical records of the kind usually preferred by composition historians, those scholars and teachers can mine their institutional collections for signs of the various contexts with which student writing dealt.

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
WAC Clearinghouse
Author:
Nathan Shepley
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Planning Communication, Spring 2007
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This three-week module, centered on a focal case, represents the second part of the Department‰ŰŞs introduction to the challenges of reflection and action in professional planning practice. As such, it builds on the concepts and tools in 11.201 and 11.202 in the Fall semester. Working in teams, students will deliver a 20-minute oral briefing, with an additional 10 minutes for questions and comments, in the last week of the class (as detailed on the assignment and posted course schedule). The teams will brief invited guests (‰ŰĎbriefees‰Ű) taking the roles of decisionmakers. DUSP faculty and fellow students may also be in attendance.

Subject:
Communication and English Language Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Briggs
Xavier de Souza
Date Added:
01/01/2007
Playwriting I, Spring 2005
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This course includes an introduction to the craft of writing for the theater. Through weekly exercises and work on a sustained piece, students explore the problems of scene structure, action, and their relation to the dialogue. Class meetings include examination of produced playscripts and discussion of student work.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Harrington, Laura
Date Added:
01/01/2005
The Process of Research Writing
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The Process of Research Writing is a web-based research writing textbook (or is that textweb?) suitable for teachers and students in research oriented composition and rhetoric classes.

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Steven D. Krause
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Research
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In this learning area, you will find step-by-step support for writing a research paper (a paper with source material) for your college courses. In Research, the Excelsior OWL will help you as you begin to write your paper, pick a topic, conduct research for articles and books, draft your work, integrate your research, and revise and edit your finished paper.

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Excelsior College
Provider Set:
Excelsior College Online Writing Lab
Date Added:
08/16/2021
Romantic Poetry, Spring 2005
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Close readings of the major British Romantic poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Scott, Shelley, Keats), perhaps including some of the period's important fiction writers (e.g. Mary Shelley, Walter Scott). Some attention to literary and historical context. Lecture/discussion; at least two papers.

Subject:
Creative and Applied Arts
Literature
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Jackson, Noel
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Sample Lecture Notes: Language (MIT Open Courseware)
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Language is an amazing thing. How do we learn and use language in our everyday lives? How does the brain make this happen? This session explores the brain basis of language perception and comprehension, how language contributes to our understanding of our environment, and how we learn languages.

Subject:
Psychology
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Author:
John Gabrieli
MIT OpenCourseware
Date Added:
05/22/2021