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Course Materials

The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) material consists of a template that organizes and guides 14 course modules. Each module takes between one and three weeks to teach 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 about their reading, analyze content and rhetorical structures, and properly use materials from the texts they read to support their own written arguments.

The course materials include "teacher" and "student" versions of each module. The teacher versions offer sample responses and numerous options for instructing students in effective reading, writing, and thinking. The student versions are designed as handouts, which teachers can copy (in part or in whole) and give to students to facilitate the various reading, discussion, and writing activities. Pending copyright clearance, the materials will be available online.

Course readings appeal to the interests of high school students and are divided into two semesters. The readings and activities vary in style and genre; they also grow in complexity.

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

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Last Updated: October 09, 2013