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Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking (common course-id ENGL 105), a top 50 college course identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

C-ID Number: ENGL 105 (ENGL 115)

General Course Description: ENGL 105

This course offers instruction in argumentation and critical writing, critical thinking, analytical evaluation of texts, research strategies, information literacy, and proper documentation

Minimum units:  3.0


Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of college-level composition (C-ID ENGL 100)

Corequisite(s): None

Advisories/Recommendations: None

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Critically read, analyze, compare, and evaluate complex texts
  • Demonstrate understanding of formal and informal fallacies in language and thought
  • Identify a text's premises and assumptions in various social, historical, cultural, psychological, or aesthetic contexts
  • Analyze and employ logical and structural methods such as inductive and deductive reasoning, cause and effect, and logos, ethos, and pathos.
  • Compose thesis-driven arguments to suit a variety of rhetorical situations, including interpretation, evaluation, and analysis, and support them with a variety of appropriate textual evidence and examples
  • Find, analyze, interpret, and evaluate primary and secondary sources, incorporating them into written essays using appropriate documentation format without plagiarism
  • Use style, diction, and tone appropriate to the academic community and the purpose of the specific writing task; proofread and edit essays for presentation so they exhibit no disruptive errors in English grammar, usage, or punctuation


  • Primarily documented, written papers. 
  • Additional writing and other assignments may include a balance of essay exams, class discussion, oral presentations, tests, and quizzes.

Other Information


Course Resources

  • English Composition 1
    English Composition 1 (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Introductory composition with an emphasis on essay writing in common rhetorical styles Composition I focuses on... More
  • Rhetoric and Composition
    Rhetoric and Composition (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This book is written as a practical guide for students struggling to improve their writing to meet the standards... More
  • Writing Commons...the home for writers
    Welcome to Writing Commons, the open-education home for writers. Although this is a website, it can be used as a... More
  • Writing for Success
    Writing for Success (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This is a free textbook offered by Saylor Foundation. Scott McLean’s Writing for Success is a text that provides... More