Approved texts

Excepting English 106–I, every ICaP course must be assigned a rhetoric—a textbook which facilitates the explicit writing instruction necessary to achieve the learning outcomes for our courses. We want ICaP instructors to select texts which fit their teaching philosophies and dovetail with their research agendas. At the same time, we need to offer students consistent experiences which help them achieve course outcomes.

The following textbooks have been approved by the Introductory Writing Committee for use in any face-to-face section of introductory composition. Instructors can seek approval for a textbook not on this list — as a one-semester pilot to be considered for general use in the future. Please consult the piloting policy for more information on this process.

NEW: Just-Approved Texts for Fall 2021 (added 4/02/21)

Note: The following document details new texts approved this year. For a list of all textbooks approved for ICaP courses, see the table below this embedded document. 

All Approved Texts


The Introductory Writing Committee requires instructors teaching composition online (106DIST) to teach using a digital learning platform version of their chosen text. Instructors teaching online will be provided with additional resources and training for making the most of digital learning platforms. Approved digital textbook (not eBooks) for 106DIST are:


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