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Read more about Introduction to Literature: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and How They Shape Us

Introduction to Literature: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and How They Shape Us

Copyright Year: 2023

Contributor: Young

Publisher: University of West Florida Pressbooks

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Introduction to Literature: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and How They Shape Us introduces college freshmen to the study of literature through a focus on texts that, generally, they already know, or think they know, and how those texts aim to shape audiences to be compliant cultural objects. The book is organized around several prominent story groups, including various genres and forms, meant to promote discussion and discovery leading to students’ understanding that these texts function as cultural sculptors of readers’ principles and behaviors. Students develop the skill of analyzing texts and creating sound arguments about them through class discussions and a series of writing assignments. Ideally, they leave the course understanding how to create a sound argument and, more pointedly, that there is no such thing as “just a story.”

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Read more about Surface and Subtext: Literature, Research, Writing - Third Edition

Surface and Subtext: Literature, Research, Writing - Third Edition

Copyright Year: 2024

Contributors: Francis, Jr., Carly-Miles, Clough, Cooper, Hagstrom-Schmidt, Rozier, Thielman, Todd, LeMire, and Anders

Publisher: Texas A&M University

License: CC BY-NC

Open-educational resource textbook created by the TAMU English 203 OER Committee.

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Read more about Elements of Creative Writing

Elements of Creative Writing

Copyright Year: 2023

Contributors: Schraffenberger, Morgan, and Tracey

Publisher: University of Northern Iowa

License: CC BY-NC

This free and open access textbook introduces new writers to some basic elements of the craft of creative writing in the genres of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The authors—Rachel Morgan, Jeremy Schraffenberger, and Grant Tracey—are editors of the North American Review, the oldest and one of the most well-regarded literary magazines in the United States. They’ve selected nearly all of the readings and examples (more than 60) from writing that has appeared in NAR pages over the years. Because they had a hand in publishing these pieces originally, their perspective as editors permeates this book. As such, they hope that even seasoned writers might gain insight into the aesthetics of the magazine as they analyze and discuss some reasons this work is so remarkable—and therefore teachable. This project was supported by NAR staff and funded via the UNI Textbook Equity Mini-Grant Program.

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Read more about Thinking Rhetorically: Writing for Professional and Public Audiences

Thinking Rhetorically: Writing for Professional and Public Audiences

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

Publisher: Roger Williams University Open Publishing

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Thinking Rhetorically: Writing in Professional and Public Contexts is dedicated to introducing students to a lifelong commitment of engaging with these problems that matter. As an academic discipline, Writing Studies’ contribution to engaging with problems can be applied to all areas of study and to all types of problems because we focus on the way language itself—discourse—is created and exchanged in the service of engaging problems. Writing Studies deepens students’ rhetorical awareness of how the ongoing conversations between groups of people shape and express the problems that matter.

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Read more about Writing Spaces at Oklahoma State University

Writing Spaces at Oklahoma State University

Copyright Year: 2023

Contributors: Howard, O'Neil, Driscoll, Daniel, Meints, Essmiller, Stewart, Vetter, Daniels-Lerberg, DiFruscio, Tinsley, Recchia, and Garcia-Boswell

Publisher: Oklahoma State University

License: CC BY

This resource focuses on the various processes involved in researching answers to various inquiry questions and building effective arguments within and outside academic contexts. The curriculum takes students through the processes of listening/summarizing, asking questions, characterizing scholarly debates, and entering those debates in order to meaningfully contribute to ongoing conversations.

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Read more about Web Writing - First Edition

Web Writing - First Edition

Copyright Year: 2023

Contributor: Pfannenstiel

Publisher: The Pennsylvania Alliance for Design of Open Textbooks (PA-ADOPT)

License: CC BY-SA

Web Writing (2023) by Dr. A Nicole Pfannenstiel is designed to provide a practical, rhetorical approach to web writing and content strategy analysis for students completing advanced writing courses. The eTextbook uses the rhetorical situation and key concepts to help readers/students understand how to write within specific web spaces for specific audiences drawing on appropriate discourse community conventions. It includes a chapter devoted to the rhetorical situation and key concepts to help students analyze and build their understanding of existing communication. It also includes a chapter outlining approaches to content strategy analysis, using the rhetorical situation and key concepts to understand the rich public data provided through social media accounts to support learners understanding effective web writing. The content analysis overview helps students build skills for analyzing writing, for collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative social media data, and for drawing conclusions about content strategy best practices.

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Read more about Reading and Writing Successfully in College: A Guide for Students

Reading and Writing Successfully in College: A Guide for Students

Contributor: Lynne

Publisher: ROTEL

License: CC BY-SA

This textbook provides students with guidelines for understanding writing tasks as intellectual work using Bloom’s Taxonomy and for treating the writing process as a set of variable activities that move along a trajectory from idea or assignment to a finished product. The book also includes chapters on strengthening reading strategies and on finding, evaluating, and using sources effectively.

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Read more about Introduction to College Research

Introduction to College Research

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Butler, Sargent, and Smith

Publisher: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

License: CC BY

This book acknowledges our changing information landscape, covering key concepts in information literacy to support a research process with intention. We start by critically examining the online environment many of us already engage with every day, looking at algorithms, the attention economy, information disorder and cynicism, information hygiene, and fact-checking. We then move into an exploration of information source types, meaningful research topics, keyword choices, effective search strategies, library resources, Web search considerations, the ethical use of information, and citation.

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Read more about Supporting English Language Learners in First-Year College Composition

Supporting English Language Learners in First-Year College Composition

Copyright Year: 2023

Contributors: Bayraktar, George, and Schetchikova

Publisher: VIVA

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Supporting ELLs in FYC is organized around five key essays, selected to coordinate with the essay styles commonly taught in first-year/first-semester composition courses.

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Read more about Processes: Writing Across Academic Careers

Processes: Writing Across Academic Careers

Copyright Year: 2023

Contributors: Iverson and Ehrenfeld

Publisher: Milne Open Textbooks

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Processes: Writing Across Academic Careers is an edited collection featuring writing from students, faculty, and staff at Farmingdale State College, a State University of New York (SUNY) campus on Long Island. Each contributor reflects on their own writing as well as writing in their fields/disciplines. Namely, they reflect on their writing processes, hence the name of the book.

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