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book cover      Writing, Reading, and College Success: A First-Year Composition Course for All Learners by Athena Kashyap &
      Erika Dyquisto (2020): City College of San Francisco. 

This OER is a revision of “Writing for Success” that includes instructional scaffolding for students who require additional support. New sections on college readiness and success, reading skills, the reading-writing connection, grammar, and an ESL compendium have been added.

book cover      A Writer's Guide to Mindful Reading by Ellen Carillo (2017): University Press of Colorado. 

Offering a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction by focusing on reading and writing, A Writer's Guide to Mindful Reading supports students as they become more reflective, deliberate, and mindful readers and writers by working within a metacognitive framework. The reading selections, assignments, and activities in this innovative textbook provide opportunities to apply and reflect on multiple ways of reading and writing, positioning students to develop a metacognitive awareness crucial to transferring what they learn about reading and writing to other courses and contexts.

book cover      College Skills: Intermediate English by Tania Pattison (2019): Coast Mountain College/BCcampus. 

The goal of the book is to help students develop skills in reading, writing, language use, and study skills. The book is divided into ten units, each of which focuses on a specific theme; these include food, work, art, money, nature, and more. Reading skills sections focus on tasks such as identifying bias, determining author purpose, and making personal connections with the text. Writing skills sections enable students to develop their skills at the paragraph level though such tasks as comparing/contrasting, discussing causes and effects, and writing persuasive pieces; creative writing, blogging, and letter writing are also included. 

book cover      Writing in College: From Competence to Excellence by Amy Guptill (2016): Open SUNY. 

Writing in College: From Competence to Excellence is designed for students who have largely mastered the conventions of high-school level writing and are now rising to meet more the advanced expectations of college. Students will find in Writing in College a warm invitation to think of themselves as full, self-motivated members of the academic community. With concise explanations, clear multi-disciplinary examples and empathy for the challenges of student life, this short textbook both explains the purposes behind college-level writing and offers indispensable advice for organization and expression.

book cover      Writing for Success (2015): University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing. 

Writing for Success is a text that provides instruction in steps, builds writing, reading, and critical thinking, and combines comprehensive grammar review with an introduction to paragraph writing and composition.

book cover      English 101 Grammar Guide by Adam Kaiserman (2019): College of the Canyons.

A text developed for use in English 101 courses at College of the Canyons in California. 


book cover      How Arguments Work - A Guide to Writing and Analyzing Texts in College by Anna Mills (2019): ASCCC OERI.

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.

book cover      Writing and Critical Thinking Through Literature by Heather Ringo & Athena Kashyap (2020): ASCCC OERI. 

This text offers instruction in analytical, critical, and argumentative writing, critical thinking, research strategies, information literacy, and proper documentation through the study of literary works from major genres, while developing students’ close reading skills and promoting an appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of literature.

book cover      Writing Unleashed by Sybil Preibe, Ronda Maman & Dana Anderson (2019): North Dakota University System. 

Welcome to Writing Unleashed, designed for use as a textbook in first-year college composition programs, written as an extremely brief guide for students, jam-packed with teachers’ voices, students’ voices, and engineered for fun. The link provided will take you to a Google Drive folder containing not just a text but many worksheets, resources, and supplemental materials. 

Anthologies & Readings

      88 Open Essays (Northwestern Michigan College) 



      Anthology of Medieval Literature (University of Central Florida)



book cover     British Literature I: Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century and Neoclassicism (University of North Georgia Press)



      British Literature II: Romantic Era to the Twentieth Century and Beyond (University of North Georgia Press)



book cover      Compact Anthology of World Literature I (University of North Georgia Press)



book cover      Compact Anthology of World Literature II (University of North Georgia Press) 



book cover      Literature, the Humanities, and Humanity (Open SUNY) 




book cover      Naming the Unnamable: An Approach to Poetry for New Generations (BCcampus)



book cover      The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature (PressBooks)



book cover      Towards an Open Anthology of Poetry  (PressBooks)



book cover      Writing Spaces: Readings On Writing, Volume 1 (Grand Valley State University ScholarWorks)



book cover      Writing Spaces: Readings On Writing, Volume 2 (Grand Valley State University ScholarWorks)



book cover      Writing Spaces Web Writing Style Guide Version 1.0 (Grand Valley State University ScholarWorks)




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