This book is a free and open resource for composition instructors and students, full of essays that could supplement OER rhetoric and writing texts that lack readings. All of the essays in this reader are versatile rhetorically and thematically. You can search for essays that are based on shared values, essays that rely heavily on ethos, logos, or pathos, essays that are very kairos-dependent, and essays that are scholarly.
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.
Technical Writing Essentials introduces the key elements of professional style, document design, collaboration, oral presentation, and research skills needed to design productive workplace documents and presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences. Used in ENG 103.
From CCAC faculty: "This resource is incredibly detailed in terms of its chapters: it covers everything from the history of children's literature to fairy tales, fiction, and non-fiction (all required elements for the learning outcomes on the course master syllabus). As a bonus, the book contains a section on banned books, a topic I plan to organize the course around . It also delves into YA literature, which I plan to include in the course. The book in written in an engaging, conversational style that is superior to the textbook I was going to use. It also contains a multitude of links to outside resources: YouTube videos, fanfiction sites, articles, scholarly criticism, and more. Overall, I would strongly recommend this resource to my colleagues teaching Children's Literature as this 489-page resource truly covers every component of our course (and then some!)." Used in ENG 117.
OER text developed by CCAC DVS faculty member, Laura Gilbert. In this text, readers will use their existing reading and study skills to build upon new skills to use successfully in their college courses. This encompassed the necessary topics, strategies, and skills students need to be successful at the college level, and it aligns with the Discipline's learning outcomes. Online version available at LibreTexts. Used in CRE 101 & 103.
Written by librarians, this text "acknowledges our changing information landscape, covering key concepts in information literacy to support a research process with intention." Topics include algorithms, the attention economy, information disorder and cynicism, information hygiene, fact-checking, of information source types, meaningful research topics, keyword choices, effective search strategies, library resources, Web search considerations, the ethical use of information, and citation. Canva: Course Materials.
In the Preface, the author, who has requested that they not receive attribution, describes this work as “another kind of introductory text in mass communication.” The author “believes that an introduction to mass communication text should be a compelling, historical narrative sketching the ‘ongoing evolution’ of media technology and how that technology shapes and is shaped by culture.” Contact the University of Minnesota Libraries eLearning Support Initiative at firstname.lastname@example.org for question banks and other instructor resources. This text is used in JRN 106.
Public Speaking by The Public Speaking Project is a free online public speaking textbook available through LibreTexts. The text contains 18 chapters covering a wide variety of topics related to public speaking. Each chapter is by a different author. Review questions and activities are included. Chapters appear in PDF format and may be printed in black and white or in color. This text is used in SPH 101.
Achieving the Dream’s curated collection of Communications textbooks includes Communication Studies, Elements of Public Speaking, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Introduction to Communication, and Public Speaking. Under Discipline, select Communication.
Achieving the Dream’s curated collection of Critical Reading and College Seminar textbooks includes Career Education, College Success, First Year Seminar, Introduction to College Research and Library and Information Studies. Under Discipline, select Transitional Studies.
The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) OER Initiative (OERI) Discipline Leads provide this curated lists of resources in these subject areas: Public Speaking, Human Communication, Argumentation & Debate, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, Intercultural Communication, Forensics, Oral Interpretation of LIterature and more.
The LibreTexts Composition Bookshelf contains a collection of textbooks curated by the LibreTexts Development team including Introductory Composition, Advanced Composition, Technical Composition and more.
The Excelsior OWL is designed to provide support for writers as they begin the process of writing for college and as they transition to writing outside of their introductory writing classes or programs.The Excelsior OWL is unique in its multimedia support for writers. It offers a wide variety of interactive multimedia activities, quizzes, videos, and interactive PDFs – all designed to help writers understand important concepts about writing.
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