Composition I and II

SUNY OER Courses

SUNY OER Services offers template courses that can serve as starting points for your own development. You can mix, match, and adapt anything from the courses below quite easily.

These courses are delivered via the Lumen Learning platform, and can be integrated into your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle) quite easily.

Composition Template Courses

  • English Composition I – standard catalog course, arranged by rhetorical modes. Links out to reading assignments, which could be swapped out to others you may prefer instead.
  • English Composition I – version developed by Lumen, curating existing OER content and creating new content where needed, particularly a richly-developed grammar section with practice exercises. Every section offers embedded formative self-check quizzes. Assignments available to partner with each section. Content is fairly high-level and might also be appropriate for inclusion in a Comp II course.

Open textbooks

Ancillary Resources

Additional Offerings

Beyond what’s already hosted inside the SUNY OER Services platform, many OER collections contain useful material for English Composition courses. If you have suggestions of public domain or Creative Commons content to add here, please let us know.

Channel!

Title

Source

License

Notes

Complete Courses

Composition I & II

Maricopa Millions Project

CC BY

  • complete courses in Canvas

English Composition I

Open Course Library WA SBCTC

CC BY

  • complete course in Google Drive

English Composition II

Open Course Library WA SBCTC

CC BY

  • complete course in Google Drive

Open Texts

Writing Hub

Boundless

CC BY SA

  • textbook

Grounds for Argument

University of Virginia Alumni Association

CC BY NC SA

  • argument & persuasion online text

Research, Analysis, and Writing

American Public University

CC BY NC SA

  • PDF textbook

Writing Spaces Vols. 1 & 2

Writing Spaces

CC BY NC SA or CC BY NC ND

  • instructional essays about the craft of writing

Writing in College

The University of Chicago

CC BY NC ND

  • textbook

Writing Commons

Writing Commons

CC BY NC ND

  • online text
  • an update to the website in summer 2016 makes it appear as if all pages are copyrighted. However, they are all still openly licensed, according to the FAQs

The Word on College Reading and Writing

Open Oregon

CC BY NC

  • “An interactive, multimedia text that introduces students to reading and writing at the college level.”

Reading Material

LibriVox

LibriVox

Public Domain

  • audio recordings of works of literature

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg

Public Domain

  • text files of works of literature and nonfiction

Project Gutenberg Australia

Project Gutenberg Australia

Public Domain (Australian)

  • similar to the original Project Gutenberg, PGA offers public domain literature and nonfiction
  • due to different copyright laws, they have different options available from Project Gutenberg; however, make sure your selections are legally useable in the US

Lit2Go

University of South Florida

Special Terms of Use

  • literature MP3s and PDFs
  • supplemental instructional material
  • “A maximum of twenty-five (25) MP3 and/or text files may be used in any non-commercial, educational project (report, presentation, display, website, etc.) without special permission. The use of more than twenty-five MP3 and/or text files in a single project requires written permission from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) at USF.”

The Conversation

The Conversation

CC BY NC ND

  • current events blog written by academics, updated daily

Grammar & Style

Excelsior OWL

Excelsior College

CC BY

  • grammar, style, and writing support website
  • interactive format, with practice spaces and video tutorials

Polysyllabic

Karl Hagen

CC BY NC SA

  • grammar website

Resources

Improve Your Writing

University of British Columbia Writing Commons

CC BY

  • articles, blog, and toolkits from writing center

The Five Features of Effective Writing

Learn NC

CC BY NC SA

  • article series, written for instructors

Reading / Writing / Vocabulary

TV411

CC BY NC SA

  • videos and print materials are openly licensed. Other instructional material online is free, but not open

Writing Fellows

City University of New York, School of Professional Studies

CC BY NC SA

  • articles for students and instructors

University Writing Center

Texas A&M University

CC BY NC ND

  • handouts for writing-related issues

Walden University Writing Center

Walden University

CC BY NC ND

  • blog written by instructors and editors

The Writing Center

UNC-Chapel Hill

CC BY NC ND

  • handouts for writing-related issues

If you’d like to utilize any of the above resources in your own classroom, you’re welcome to

  • link directly to them in your learning management system (LMS)
  • copy and paste these materials into any format you’d like (a page in your LMS or a Word document, etc.). Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • print out materials and distribute them in your classroom. Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about integrating them into your LMS
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about collecting them in a bound, printed version to provide through your campus bookstore
The timeline for these last two options can vary, and will be discussed as part of your consultation with SUNY OER Services. Get started with consultation services here.