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).
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)
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.