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Textbooks

The following sites contain open textbooks in a variety of subject areas, but the links below will take you directly to the textbooks about English. This is by no means an exhaustive list!

  • Write Here, Right Now - An interactive Introduction to Academic Writing and Research utilizes PressBooks to create and host a writing e-textbook for first year university students that would effectively integrate into the flipped classroom model.
  • About Writing - This writer's reference condenses and covers everything a beginning writing student should need to successfully compose college-level work
  • Open English @ SLCC - originated from a shared desire to offer affordable, responsive, accessible instructional resources for students enrolled in composition courses at SLCC
  • Writing Spaces - an open textbook project for college-level writing studies courses. Each volume in the Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing series contains peer-reviewed collections of essays about writing—all composed by teachers for students
  • Academic Phrasebank - a general resource for academic writers. It aims to provide you with examples of some of the phraseological ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing organised according to the main sections of a research paper or dissertation
  • Writing in College: From Competence to Excellence - designed for students who have largely mastered high-school level conventions of formal academic writing and are now moving beyond the five-paragraph essay to more advanced engagement with text
  • Entering the Conversation: A College Composition Compilation - a collection of readings that emerged out of partnerships between OER enthusiasts, composition instructors at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and other contributors. This guide is currently in the open creation stage, meaning that it is in-progress, but openly licensed.
  • 88 Open Essays - This collection is intended to provide instructors with a wide variety of nonfiction examples of good writing that they can use to teach composition

Full Courses

  • Guide to Writing - This writing style guide covers the fundamentals of English usage and writing. A useful supplement to any academic writing course.
  • English Comp I - develops students’ critical reading, writing, and research skills at the college level, with course materials structured around essential parts of the academic writing process. Key topics include reading strategies; rhetorical modes, multiple stages of the writing process; how to conduct research and cite relevant sources; grammar and mechanics; and success strategies. Engaging, curated OER content includes text, video, interactive self-check activities, and more. Content works well for standard instruction or diagnostically to reinforce areas that need attention. This course may be used alone or as part of a three-level sequence that prepares students for college-level work.
  • English Comp II - an expository writing course that helps students develop more advanced writing skills than English Composition I. The course also reviews and incorporates 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.

 

 

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