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88 Open Essays: A Reader for Students of Composition & Rhetoric

88 Open Essays: A Reader for Students of Composition & Rhetoric

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This book is a free and open resource to composition instructors and students, full of essays that could supplement OER rhetoric and writing texts that lacked readings. All of the essays in this reader are versatile rhetorically and thematically. It is arranged alphabetically by author name. Each essay has a series of hashtags that apply to the essay in some way. You can search for essays thematically that relate to topics like education, the environment, politics, or health. You can also search for essays based on composition concepts like analysis, synthesis, and research. 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. 

This collection was created in Google Docs so that it is easily adapted and edited.


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Trischa Duke
Trischa Duke (Faculty)
9 weeks ago
This is an excellent collection of high interest open resource essays on wide range of topics from frozen produce to an eyebrow entrepreneur to the interplay of good and evil in Batman movies. The collection's versatility and variety make it an excellent resource for first year composition courses as well as for casual readers looking to widen the scope of their reading. The only drawback is ease of navigation. While some navigation features, such as a linkable table of contents and hashtags at the end of each essay, have been incorporated, the collection would benefit from listing authors and themes together in the table of contents or elsewhere so that a quick skim would be enough to make connections between the essays included as well as a link (perhaps in the footer) to the table of contents. All in all, this is a fabulous resource.
Tina Ulrich
Tina Ulrich (Librarian)
2 years ago
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