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Read more about How Arguments Work - A Guide to Writing and Analyzing Texts in College

How Arguments Work - A Guide to Writing and Analyzing Texts in College

Contributor: Mills

Publisher: LibreTexts

How Arguments Work takes students through the techniques they will need to respond to readings and make sophisticated arguments in any college class. This is a practical guide to argumentation with strategies and templates for the kinds of assignments students will commonly encounter. It covers rhetorical concepts in everyday language and explores how arguments can build trust and move readers.

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Arguments in Context

Contributor: Robinson

Publisher: Muhlenberg College

Arguments in Context is a comprehensive introduction to critical thinking that covers all the basics in student-friendly language. Intended for use in a semester-long course, the text features classroom-tested examples and exercises that have been chosen to emphasize the relevance and applicability of the subject to everyday life. Three themes are developed as the text proceeds from argument identification and analysis, to the standards and techniques of evaluation: (i) the importance of asking the right questions, (ii) the influence of biases, cognitive illusions, and other psychological factors, and (iii) the ways that social situations and structures can enhance and impoverish our thinking. On this last point, the text includes sustained discussion of disagreement, cooperative dialogue, testimony, trust, and social media. Overall, the text aims to equip readers with a set of tools for working through important decisions and disagreements, and to help them become more careful and active thinkers.

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Writing Fabulous Features

Contributor: Kraft

Publisher: The Ohio State University Pressbooks

"Writing Fabulous Features" teaches the art and craft of feature writing to help readers learning to write non-fiction with flair.

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A Christmas Carol

Contributor: Krause

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

This version of the classic holiday story has been slightly abridged and lightly adapted for advanced students of English language. The text includes comprehension checks, discussion questions, and collaborative activities.

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Romeo and Juliet

Contributor: Olson

Publisher: Oregon State University

This edition of Romeo and Juliet was edited by students for students. We believe that reliably edited versions of the play should be available for free online. But we wanted ours to be easy to get in other ways as well. The editors—Oregon State University students who remember, far better than their professors, what it was like to read the play for the first time—carefully considered every pronoun, punctuation mark, and footnote. Our goal: to make a friendly, confidence-building edition that supported classroom activities at the high school and college level.

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Read more about Howdy or Hello?: Technical and Business  Communications - Revised Pilot Edition

Howdy or Hello?: Technical and Business Communications - Revised Pilot Edition

Contributors: McKinney, Pattison, and LeMire

Publisher: Texas A&M University

Technical writing courses introduce you to some of the most important aspects of writing in the worlds of science, technology, and business—in other words, the kind of writing that scientists, nurses, doctors, computer specialists, government officials, engineers, and other professionals do as a part of their regular work. The skills learned in technical writing courses can be useful in other fields as well, including education and social sciences.

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Technical Writing for Technicians

Contributor: Fleming

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

Technical Writing for CTE is an open source e-textbook designed specifically for use in LBCC’s WD4 (Technical Writing for Welders) and all versions of IN4 (Technical Writing for CTE).

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Read more about Mindful Technical Writing: An Introduction to the Fundamentals

Mindful Technical Writing: An Introduction to the Fundamentals

Contributors: Atkinson and Corbitt

Publisher: TRAILS

Welcome to Mindful Technical Writing: An Introduction to the Fundamentals, an open textbook designed for use in co-requisite course pairings of developmental writing and introductory technical writing, or indeed in other lower-division college writing courses that focus on building study skills alongside effective workplace and academic writing skills. It offers a no-cost alternative to commercial products, combining practical guidance with interactive exercises and thoughtfully designed writing opportunities.

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Read more about American Literature I: An Anthology of Texts From Early America Through the Civil War

American Literature I: An Anthology of Texts From Early America Through the Civil War

Contributor: Kurtz

Publisher: VIVA

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.

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Read more about "The Death of Ivan Ilich": An Electronic Study Edition of the Russian Text

"The Death of Ivan Ilich": An Electronic Study Edition of the Russian Text

Contributor: Jahn

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

The Russian text of "The Death of Ivan Ilich" is presented for study in various formats: accompanied by an English translation; fully glossed, with explanatory and interpretive annotations; and supplemented by introductory remarks and an extensive bibliography.

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