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The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) materials consist of an assignment template - an outline of the pedagogical process that organizes and guides all course modules (curricular units). Each module takes between one and three weeks to teach (depending on students' needs and previous academic literacy experience) and is composed of a sequence of integrated reading and writing experiences, beginning with pre-reading activities, moving into reading and post-reading activities, and continuing through informal and formal writing assignments. Along the way, students learn to make predictions and ask a variety of questions about the varied texts they are reading, analyze content, identify and evaluate rhetorical structures, and appropriately use materials from the texts they read to support their own written analyses and arguments. Most course materials are available online to certified ERWC educators (those who have completed the four-day high school professional learning workshop series).

Divided into two semesters, course readings are on high interest topics that readily engage middle and high school readers. Student readings have been analyzed for text complexity (in keeping with the California standards). Across the two-semester grade 12 course, students read and produce increasingly varied and complex styles and genres, and just as their analytical reading abilities expand over time, so too do their rhetorical writing abilities, which grow in complexity across modules.

1st Semester

  1. What's Next? Thinking About Life After High School
  2. The Rhetoric of the Op-Ed Page: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos
  3. Racial Profiling
  4. The Value of Life
  5. Good Food/Bad Food
  6. Into the Wild (Book module)

2nd Semester

  1. Bring a Text to Class: Bridging Out-of-School and In-School Literacies
  2. Juvenile Justice
  3. Language, Gender, and Culture
  4. 1984 (Book module)
  5. Brave New World (Book module)
  6. Bullying: A Research Project

Assignment Template »» (.pdf)

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Last Updated: May 17, 2016