Literature, Rhetoric, and Poetry Textbooks

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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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Read more about Business Writing Style Guide

Business Writing Style Guide

Contributors: Morris and Zwart

Publisher: Oregon State University

It is the goal of this book to help students do the following:

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Read more about A Guide to Good Reasoning: Cultivating Intellectual Virtues - Second edition, revised and updated

A Guide to Good Reasoning: Cultivating Intellectual Virtues - Second edition, revised and updated

Contributor: Wilson

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

A Guide to Good Reasoning has been described by reviewers as “far superior to any other critical reasoning text.” It shows with both wit and philosophical care how students can become good at everyday reasoning. It starts with attitude—with alertness to judgmental heuristics and with the cultivation of intellectual virtues. From there it develops a system for skillfully clarifying and evaluating arguments, according to four standards—whether the premises fit the world, whether the conclusion fits the premises, whether the argument fits the conversation, and whether it is possible to tell.

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Read more about Technical Writing @ SLCC

Technical Writing @ SLCC

Publisher: Salt Lake Community College

What is technical writing? You can think of it as writing about specialized topics or you could also think of it as using technology to communicate your ideas. A science lab report, a specification, a change order for building construction, or patient education materials–just to name a few–are all considered technical writing. Similarly if you design a webpage or a brochure this can also be considered technical writing. Academic writing, the writing you do for school, generally is informative or persuasive writing and usually only comes in a few different genres. In technical writing, on the other hand, one is often documenting what was done (such as a science experiment or auto repair invoice). Therefore the format of the writing is often as important as the content. This leads to an emphasis on usability and accessibility for your documents. Finally, although citing your sources is important in all writing, you will find that in some fields of technical writing, such as the sciences and engineering, it is one of the more important considerations of your writing.

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