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Instructor Guide: How to Use This Textbook

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    This textbook is intended to replace the current often cost-prohibitive textbooks in required community college literature classes; specifically, ENGL 110: Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking Through Literature. Thus, the authors of this textbook have attempted to include all materials necessary to meet the needs of such a classroom, including an anthology encompassing texts from each major literary genre, literary criticism, a writing guide, and a dictionary of literary terms. A straight read-through of the textbook, we hope, will give students a strong introduction and foundation in reading and writing about literary texts. That being said, in order to meet the many diverse needs of instructors, and in an attempt to include different types of readings, there is much more material within this book than can feasibly be read in a single semester. Thus, instructors are encouraged to choose which texts best suit their classroom needs.


    This textbook is designed to be remixed to suit the needs of a given college, course, or instructor.


    This textbook was also designed to be used offline.

    Textbook Sections

    1. Genre Sections: each of these sections provide readings and resources in each major literary genre, including
    2. Writing About Literature is a writing guide specifically tailored to the study of literature. It includes skill-based resources as well as Student Sample Essays.
    3. Citations and Formatting For Literature (MLA) is meant to help students ethically cite sources.
    4. The Glossary of Literary Devices provides key terms relevant to the analysis of literature

    Cool Features

    • Hypothesis. When using this textbook on the Libretexts website on your phone or computer, you can annotate directly onto the textbook by using the little sticky note on the upper righthand corner of your screen. This takes you to a free app called Hypothesis that records your notes!
    • Beeline. This feature helps those with adaptive needs like Dyslexia, dyspraxia, and dyscalculia. You can enable this feature by clicking the "Readability" tab at the top of this page and selecting a preferred reader from the dropdown menu.
    • PDF. You can turn any part of this textbook into a PDF that you can read on the go, even if you do not have internet. Click the little "PDF" button next to the "Readability" tab to download the chosen page as a PDF. Please note that some of the features available on the Libretexts website are not functional in PDF form, such as videos and the learning tools, Hypothesis and Beeline, described above.
    • Table of Contents. Tired of scrolling? Pages that are longer have a table of contents to help you quickly click through the textbook to different sections and subsections. This also helps in a classroom setting, so that students and professors can be on the same page. On a computer, the table of contents will appear in the upper right hand corner of the page. On a cell phone, this will appear at the top of each page. Just click on the section you would like to jump to!

    Please be aware that individual literary texts and pages within the anthology may include different licensing permissions. Be sure to check the licensing permissions of each page before adapting: some works, such as those with CC BY-NC-ND licenses, cannot be changed and must be reproduced in the exact way they are represented in this textbook. Please contact copyright holders of these works if seeking different permissions. All attributions of these pages must be recreated verbatim in any reproductions.

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