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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!

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Author:
Robin Jeffrey
Date Added:
05/27/2015
American Literature I: An Anthology of Texts From Early America Through the Civil War
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This book offers an anthology of texts that includes letters, journals, poetry, newspaper articles, pamphlets, sermons, narratives, and short fiction written in and about America beginning with collected oral stories from Native American tribes and ending with the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Many major and minor authors are included, providing a sampling of the different styles, topics, cultures, and concerns present during the formation and development of America through the mid-nineteenth century.

Subject:
Literature
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Jenifer Kurtz
Date Added:
10/15/2020
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.

For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording.

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Subject:
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
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.

Subject:
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.

Subject:
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
Material Type:
Full Course
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.

Subject:
Literature
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Date Added:
02/05/2020
Business Writing Style Guide
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In light of the cost of textbooks and education in general, we undertook this project to create a free resource to be used broadly by students in a business context. We wanted to provide comprehensive coverage of the writing process, but keep our topics relevant to business education. We hope that this textbook provides equal value to both non- and native-English learners alike. Just like we acknowledge that students will continue to develop their writing skills, we expect this project to challenge and further our own skills as writers.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
John Morris
Julie Swart
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Composition and Literature
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This book is divided into two parts. Part I is a Composition Handbook designed to teach students the components of the writing process and the conventions of various forms of school and college writing assignments. Part II is an Anthology of Literature designed to help students read actively, analyze, understand, enjoy, and appreciate stories, poems, and plays by a diverse and inclusive group of exceptional writers.

Subject:
Literature
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Author:
Derek Soles
James Sexton
Date Added:
03/02/2021
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.

Subject:
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.

Subject:
Literature
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Reading
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
English Composition 2
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Composition 2 is an expository writing course requiring more advanced writing skills than Composition 1, yet reviewing and incorporating 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.

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
LibreTexts
Date Added:
06/13/2019
English Literature: Victorians and Moderns
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English Literature: Victorians and Moderns is an anthology that provides annotated teaching editions of many of the most frequently-taught classics of Victorian and Modern poetry, fiction, and drama. Additionally, it also provides a series of guided research casebooks, which make available numerous published essays from open access books and journals, as well as several reprinted critical essays from established learned journals such as English Studies in Canada and the Aldous Huxley Annual with the permission of the authors and editors. Designed to supplement the annotated complete texts of three famous short novels: Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, each casebook offers cross-disciplinary guided research topics which will encourage majors in fields other than English to undertake topics in diverse areas, including History, Economics, Anthropology, Political Science, Biology, and Psychology. Selections have also been included to encourage topical, thematic, and generic cross-referencing. Students will also be exposed to a wide range of approaches, including new-critical, psychoanalytic, historical, and feminist.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Author:
Camosun College
Dr. James Sexton
Date Added:
02/25/2015
Great Writers Inspire: Emily Dickinson
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Great Writers Inspire presents an illuminating collection of Emily Dickinson resources curated by specialists at the University of Oxford. It includes audio and video lectures and short talks, downloadable electronic texts and eBooks, and background contextual resources.

Subject:
Literature
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Reading
Date Added:
02/05/2020