Open Educational Resources

A Note to Instructors . . . 

COMPSS (Composition Open Materials Promoting Student Success) is a collection of free, high-quality course materials—readings, videos, discussion prompts, group activities, and sample assignment guidelines—available to you as you design and lead low- or no-cost courses in any modality (face-to-face, online, or hybrid). Almost everything about COMPSS can be adjusted to fit the goals of your courses. COMPSS materials can be used instead of or in addition to traditional textbooks; like traditional textbooks, COMPSS materials supplement (but do not replace) the lectures, activities, and other content you develop for your course. 

All materials created by the COMPSS team are licensed CC-BY and can be adopted, remixed, or shared at will as long as the materials are attributed (see items in bold font with the * symbol next to them); some linked materials may have stricter licensing guidelines, although they are all free to use. 

One final note: Students who have already completed another COMPSS unit may already be familiar with some of the materials included here.   

We hope you and your students will benefit from using these free, high-quality OER! 


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    Annotated Bibliography

    An annotated bibliography is an alphabetized list of source citations that includes an annotation underneath each entry. 

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    Literature Review

    A literature review provides context and establishes the need for new research. 

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    Research Proposal

    A research proposal establishes the need for new research on a given topic or issue and presents a plan for conducting that research and analyzing the findings. 

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    Argument Essay

    An argument essay conveys meaning persuasively using evidence, sound reasoning, and awareness of rhetorical principles. This unit contains options for a proposal argument, a definition argument, or a causal argument.

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    Rhetorical Analysis

    A rhetorical analysis identifies and evaluates the effectiveness of an argument. 

All materials developed by the COMPSS team are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License and can be adopted, adapted, and/or shared for free as long as the materials are attributed. ccby