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Authors' Description:

Third Edition (2019):

We made two significant changes to the textbook: we reformatted it from a PDF to modules within our Learning Management System (iCollege) and as an open-web-based book. The modularized version is downloadable and exportable and will live on the ALG and GSU websites. The web-based book will be ready by August 2019 and will also live on the ALG and GSU websites.

The other significant change we made was to write an instruction manual that provides guidance to who we see as the primary audience for the manual: new composition instructors. In our department, these are newly-hired part-time instructors or full-time teachers returning to teaching composition or who have never taught it before. When we surveyed the faculty about what they wanted from an instruction manual, we got a number of requests for sample papers, but ended up going in the reverse direction for two reasons: first: the department leadership is moving to create an online resource library into which we hope many faculty will put their assignment sheets, exercises, scaffolding, and sequencing.

Second Edition:

This text is a transformation of Writing for Success, a text adapted by The Saylor Foundation under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License without attribution as requested by the work’s original creator or licensee.

Kathryn Crowther, Lauren Curtright, Nancy Gilbert, Barbara Hall, Tracienne Ravita, and Kirk Swenson adapted this text under a grant from Affordable Learning Georgia to Georgia Perimeter College (GPC, now part of Georgia State University) in 2015. Section 1.3 was authored by Rebecca Weaver. This text is a revision of a prior adaptation of Writing for Success led by Rosemary Cox in GPC’s Department of English, titled Successful College Writing for GPC Students (2014, 2015).

Writing for Success, as revised by GPC, is not provided here, but it is considered a first edition of the adapted text.

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Course Title

English Composition I and II

Course Number

ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 4.0 International License.

Publication Date

Spring 2016


University System of Georgia


composition, thesis statements, essays, research papers


English Language and Literature

Successful College Composition (3rd Edition)