Expository Reading and Writing

ERWC 12th Course #91830

* Ed Gillet and I have been meeting with sites to promote ERWC across the District to ensure post-secondary success for our seniors.

* SUHSD is hosting a 4-day training at the PDC for ERWC certification (Sept. 10-11, Oct. 22, Dec. 1). Apart from costs of substitute teachers, the training and materials are free to the District. This session is now full. Additional trainings can be found at:

ERWC Course Materials

Exciting news...books have been purchased for the 12th grade ERWC Course!

Each school* will have 125 designated copies of each three ERWC titles (1540 district-wide). These have been purchased from curriculum, as they are part of the required course materials. We are projecting that we will receive the ERWC books the week of September 14-18.

- The ERWC books should be labeled and reserved for ERWC courses. Students should check out each book at the time of the module (like a textbook) and returned at the end of the unit.

- The ERWC books should not be checked out to teachers as a class set. School sites may have copies of these books that were purchased with supplemental funds. These books may be used by students in the ERWC course or students in other 12th grade courses.

If sites have more than 125 students in the course they can:

1) Request to borrow ERWC books from another site.

2) Use any copies of the titles that have been purchased with supplemental funds.

3) Request curriculum to purchase more ERWC titles.

4) Below are hyperlinked pdf versions of each book.

*125 for 12 sites (BVH, SYH, SUHI, CPH, ELH, MVH, CVH, MOH, ORH, HTH, OLH, SOH) and 20 for (Options and Palomar) = 1,540 of each title

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)


Kami Kenyon, Orange High School, teaching the

1984 module analyzing Newspeak with her

Kami Kenyon Final

Richard Heilemann, South El Monte High School,

teaching the 1984 module extending the novel into

a contemporary context.
RichardH Edit Final Re Edit V2_7.18.14

Peek into one teacher's ERWC Classroom

Ways students can be exempts from EPT

Students do not have to take the EPT if they present proof of one of the following:

  • A score of "Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level English courses" or "Exempt" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken along with the English Language Arts California Standards Test (CST) in grade 11
  • A score of "Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level English courses – Conditional" or "Conditional" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken in grade 11, provided successful completion of the Expository Reading and Writing course (ERWC), AP English, IB English, or an English course approved for extra honors weight on the University of California "a-g" Doorways course list
  • A score of 500 or above on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT® Reasoning Test
  • A score of 22 or above on the ACT® English Test
  • A score of 3 or above on either the Language and Composition or Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Advanced Placement (AP®) Program
  • Completion and transfer to CSU of the credits for a college course that satisfies the CSU General Education requirement in English Composition, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better