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Additional Sources of Open Textbooks
On this page you will find several openly licensed English textbooks along with supplemental material, interactive simulations, and other resources.
Discipline-specific pages are not intended to be exhaustive, but to showcase content that may be of interest to faculty considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes.
For more information about Creative Commons including license descriptions, please see the Creative Commons tab.
The Simple Math of Writing Well by
Call Number: e-book
Publication Date: 2018-01-12
(Currently used by Claire Miller in ENC 0026)Writing guides abound, but The Simple Math of Writing Well is one of a kind. Readers will find its practical approach affirming, encouraging, and informative, and its focus on the basics of linguistic structure releases 21st-century writers to embrace the variety of mediums that define our internet-connected world. As Harrop reminds us in the opening chapters of her book, we write more today than ever before in history: texts, emails, letters, blogs, reports, social media posts, proposals, etc. The Simple Math of Writing Well is the first guide that directly addresses the importance of writing well in the Google age.
EmpoWord: A Student-Centered Anthology & Handbook for College Writers by
Call Number: ebook
Publication Date: 2018
(Suggested by Tim Johnson)
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.
The Process of Research Writing by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2007
The Process of Research Writing is a web-based research writing textbook suitable for teachers and students in research oriented composition and rhetoric classes. Instead of focusing on one research paper, the focus is on the process of research writing through a series of shorter writing exercises.
Course materials: Lecture Videos, Interactive Simulations etc.
MIT Open Courseware on literature (CC BY NC SA)
English Composition I CC BY (Saylor Foundation)
Writing Spaces (licenses vary)
Online Writing Lab (Purdue) - (c) All Rights Reserved
English Composition I (from Lumen Learning)
English Composition I develops students’ critical reading, writing, and research skills at the college level, with course materials structured around essential parts of the academic writing process. Key topics include reading strategies; rhetorical modes, multiple stages of the writing process; how to conduct research and cite relevant sources; grammar and mechanics; and success strategies. Engaging, curated OER content includes text, video, interactive self-check activities, and more. Content works well for standard instruction or diagnostically to reinforce areas that need attention. This course may be used alone or as part of a three-level sequence that prepares students for college-level work.
A free, comprehensive, peer-reviewed, award-winning Open Text (website) for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research. (CC BY-NC-ND)
English Composition I by Amanda Laughtland, Marcia Woodard, Sandy Linsin
English 101 focuses on the analysis of basic human issues as presented in literature with an emphasis on analytic reading, writing and discussion, and on development of argumentative essays based on textual analysis, with attention to style, audience and documentation. By writing several analytical, thesis-driven essays which show engagement with and understanding of a variety of texts, students will practice the critical thinking, reading and writing skills which comprise an important component of college and university studies as well as clear, audience-appropriate communications in other professional settings.
English Composition II by Shusmita Sen, Jean Kavanagh
English 102 is an expository writing course requiring more advanced writing skills than Basic English Composition 101, yet reviewing and incorporating some of the same skills. This course teaches you research skills by emphasizing the development of advanced analytical/critical reading skills, proficiency in investigative research, and the writing of expository and persuasive prose including properly documented and researched argumentative essays. A major component of this course will be an emphasis on the research process or “information literacy”: your ability to locate, evaluate and use information effectively. You also will recognize academic audiences, increase your clarity and objectivity, and adhere to standard formats.
Pasco-Hernado State College Writing Center
Used by PHSC faculty as "textbook" for ENC1101; short sections on writing, including mechanics and citation