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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!

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English Language Arts
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Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Author:
Robin Jeffrey
Date Added:
05/27/2015
American Literature I
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This course is a survey of American Literature from 1650 through 1820. It covers Early American and Puritan Literature, Enlightenment Literature, and Romantic Literature. It teaches in the context of American History and introduces the student to literary criticism and research.

Subject:
Literature
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Lumen Learning
Provider Set:
Candela Courseware
Date Added:
06/13/2019
American Women's Literature, 1847 to 1922
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LibriVox recording of a collection of 20 short stories and long-form poetry by American women writers. (Summary by BellonaTimes)

Includes selections from Mary E. Wilkins, Kate Chopin, Louisa May Alcott, Alice Dunbar, Willa Cather, Lola Ridge, Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, Fannie Hurst, Zitkala-Sa, Amy Lowell, Hilda Doolittle, Elinor Wylie, Lucretia P. Hale, Edna Ferber, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Lydia Maria Child, Sara Teasdale, Susan Fenimore Cooper, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps.

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Literature
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Alice Dunbar
Amy Lowell
and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Edna Ferber
Elinor Wylie
Fannie Hurst
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Hilda Doolittle
Kate Chopin
Lola Ridge
Louisa May Alcott
Lucretia P. Hale
Lydia Maria Child
Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman
Mary E. Wilkins
Sara Teasdale
Susan Fenimore Cooper
Willa Cather
Zitkala-Sa
Date Added:
02/05/2020
An Anthology of Texts From Early America Through the Civil War
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This book is the result of students who have endeavored, over the semesters, to follow links to the public domain locations of the texts I assigned in the Survey of American Literature I course. The ease with which works in the public domain can be digitally accessed has enabled this book exist. In it, you will find a collection of texts that represent the diverse literary cannon that colleges and universities collectively refer to as American Literature.

The authors and texts here are representative of the many writers who were writing throughout the colonization and development of what we now consider the United States of America. The text begins with a selection of Native American stories, which passed down orally for many years before they were committed to paper around the turn of the 20th century. I have included these to give a context to the portrayal of the Native Americans that is provided in the early texts written by explorers and colonists, as well as to acknowledge the vast array of cultures and stories that were present in this continent when the first explorers arrived. From there, the text is organized chronologically. At first, most of the texts are non-fiction, documenting the experiences of traveling to and settling in a new world. Some of these authors will be familiar to you, as they also figure prominently in early American history. Several historical documents are included within this collection, often excerpted from the larger complete document. This text represents a variety of genre, from letters, personal narratives, and speeches to poetry, sketches, and fiction. My hope is that you find this collection useful, interesting, and enlightening.

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Literature
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)
Author:
Jenifer Kurtz
Date Added:
10/15/2020
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.

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Excelsior College
Provider Set:
Excelsior College Online Writing Lab
Date Added:
01/06/2020
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.

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Literature
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Textbook
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Wendy Kurant
Date Added:
12/05/2019
Beowulf
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A collection of video, audio, essays, ebooks, and pictures associated with the long Old English heroic poem known to modern audiences as Beowulf. This poem is probably the most famous product of the rich literary tradition of Anglo-Saxon England (which flourished in the period c. 650-1100). The poem tells the story of Beowulf, a heroic warrior, and later king, of the Geats (a possibly mythical Scandinavian tribe). The events of the poem are set during the Germanic 'heroic age' - a period stretching from the fourth to the sixth century by modern reckoning but described by the poet simply as geardagas ('days of old').

Subject:
Literature
Material Type:
Lesson
Reading
Date Added:
03/12/2021
The Black Arts Enterprise and the Production of African American Poetry
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The outpouring of creative expression known as the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s spawned a burgeoning number of black-owned cultural outlets, including publishing houses, performance spaces, and galleries. Central to the movement were its poets, who in concert with editors, visual artists, critics, and fellow writers published a wide range of black verse and advanced new theories and critical approaches for understanding African American literary art.

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English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Author:
Howard Rambsy II
Date Added:
02/05/2020
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.

Subject:
Literature
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Bonnie J Robinson
Date Added:
06/15/2019
British Literature I: Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century and Neoclassicism
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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

Subject:
Literature
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Bonnie J
Getty Laura
Laura Getty
Robinson Bonnie J
University Of North Georgia
Date Added:
02/05/2020
British Literature Through History
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This is an OER textbook with historical background on many great works of British literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period through the twentieth century. It contains links to free online versions of the texts, but the actual texts are not included in this book.

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Literature
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Date Added:
02/05/2020
Business Writing Style Guide
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It is the goal of this book to help students do the following:

* Apply basic concepts for effective and concise business writing.
* Compile a well written report acceptable within a business context.
* Follow a writing process designed for business students.
* Demonstrate critical thinking, reasoning, and persuasion.
* Communicate in writing using a business model.
* Apply resources for improving business writing skills.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Open Oregon State
Author:
John Morris
Julie Zwart
Date Added:
01/06/2020
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.

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Literature
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Kyounghye Kwon
Laura Getty
Date Added:
09/23/2015
Compact Anthology of World Literature II: Volumes 4, 5, and 6
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Although the text is designed to look like an actual book, the Table of Contents is composed of hyperlinks that will take you to each introductory section and then to each text. The three parts of the text are organized into the following units:

Part 4—The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Unit I: The Age of Reason

Unit II: The Near East and Asia

Part 5—The Long Nineteenth Century

Unit I Romanticism

Unit II Realism

Part 6—The Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature

Unit I Modernism

Unit II Postcolonial Literature

Unit III Contemporary Literature

Texts from a variety of genres and cultures are included in each unit. Additionally, each selection or collection includes a brief introduction about the author and text(s), and each includes 3 – 5 discussion questions. Texts in the public domain--those published or translated before 1923--are replicated here. Texts published or translated after 1923 are not yet available in the public domain. In those cases, we have provided a link to a stable site that includes the text. Thus, in Part 6, most of the texts are accessible in the form of links to outside sites. In every case, we have attempted to connect to the most stable links available.

Subject:
Literature
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Anita Turlington
Karen Dodson
Laura Getty
Laura Ng
Matthew Horton
Date Added:
02/05/2020
DALA Digital American Literature Anthology
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The Digital American Literature Anthology is a free, online textbook that surveys American literature from its beginnings to the early twentieth century. It is available in multiple digital formats, though specifically designed for tablets, laptops, and e-readers. The textbook has links to unit introductions, and multiple supplemental online resources.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Textbook
Author:
Michael O'Conner
Date Added:
02/05/2020
Dickens in Context
Read the Fine Print
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These resources will allow you to investigate the key themes of Dickens's novels alongside original source material from the British Library. Literary manuscripts, newspapers, letters, workhouse menus and other collection items will help students open up the social, cultural, and political context in which Dickens was writing. This website includes performances by Simon Callow and discussions by Professor of English, John Mullan, filmed at the Charles Dickens Museum, London.

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English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
British Library
Date Added:
02/05/2020
Discovering Literature: 20th century
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Discovering Literature brings to life the social, political, and cultural context in which key works of literature were written. Enjoy digitized works from the British Library's collection, newly commissioned articles, short documentary films and teachers’ notes.

Explore the ways in which key 20th-century authors experimented with new forms and themes to capture the fast-changing world around them.

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Literature
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Reading
Date Added:
02/05/2020
ENGL 300 - Lecture 21 - African-American Criticism
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In this lecture, Professor Paul Fry examines trends in African-American criticism through the lens of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Toni Morrison. A brief history of African-American literature and criticism is undertaken, and the relationship of both to feminist theory is explicated. The problems in cultural and identity studies of essentialism, “the identity queue,” expropriation, and biology are surveyed, with particular attention paid to the work of Michael Cooke and Morrison’s reading of Huckleberry Finn. At the lecture’s conclusion, the tense relationship between African-American studies and New Critical assumptions are explored with reference to Robert Penn Warren’s poem, “Pondy Woods.”

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Author:
Paul Fry
Date Added:
02/05/2020
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
Provider Set:
PDXOpen
Author:
Shane Abrams
Date Added:
07/11/2018