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Introduction to Literature

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Introduction to Literature (common course-id ENGL 120), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

CID Number: ENGL 120 (ENGL-LIT 100)

General Course Description: ENGL 120

This course introduces representative works from major genres, develops students’ close reading and analytical writing skills, and promotes appreciation and critical understanding of the cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities of literature.

Minimum Units: 3.0


Prerequisites: Successful completion of college-level composition (C-ID ENGL 100) or equivalent

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: None

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

  • Read a variety of texts actively and critically
  • Identify key elements of major genres in order to analyze and interpret texts
  • Define common literary terms and apply them to the analysis of specific texts
  • Compose formal written analyses of texts that demonstrate appropriate academic discourse and the conventions of literary analysis.
  • Research appropriate primary and secondary sources and apply documentation skills without plagiarism.


  • Formal essays
  • Informal writing (examples include journals, annotations, reader responses, in-class essays, and responses to questions)
  • Other evaluation methods such as exams, quizzes, class participation, projects, and portfolios

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Literature, the Humanities, and Humanity
    Literature, the Humanities, and Humanity (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Literature, the Humanities, and Humanity attempts to make the study of literature more than simply another school... More