SUHSD ERWC UPDATE - February 2016

Expository Reading and Writing

What is ERWC?

The goal of the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) is to prepare middle school and high school students for the literacy demands of higher education. Through a sequence of rigorous instructional modules each in 7th-11th grade and a yearlong course in 12th grade, students develop proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The cornerstone of the course—the ERWC Assignment Template—presents a scaffolded process for helping students read, comprehend, and respond to nonfiction and literary texts. Students will be expected to increase their awareness of the rhetorical strategies employed by authors and to apply those strategies to their own writing. They will read closely to examine the relationship between an author’s argument or theme and his or her audience and purpose, to analyze the impact of structural and rhetorical strategies, and to examine the social, political, and philosophical assumptions that underlie the text.

Students successfully completing the modules develop skills, knowledge, processes, and dispositions in the following areas of academic literacy: reading rhetorically, writing rhetorically, listening and speaking rhetorically, and habits of mind. The modules are aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy.


Upcoming High School Training for SUHSD ERWC

Mark your calendars! We have dates for future ERWC High School certification. Each Cohort can accommodate up to 40 people.

"Cohort A"- Th, May 19; F, May 20; T, Aug 16 ; W, October 19

"Cohort B" -W, May 25; Th, May 26; W, Aug 24; T, October 25

To Register:

May 19, 20, August 16, and October 19, 2016

May 25, 26, August 24 and October 25, 2016

Registration deadline: March 28, 2016

These folks pre-reserved a spot and were registered as of 3/7/16.

Good Links

ERWC and Beyond...a sample of how ERWC thinking can inspire other units. From ELH's Ed Gillett


NEW ERWC Online Community Website

There is a newly redesigned ERWC Online Community Website. You will need to create a NEW password the first time you visit the site.

ERWC 12th Course FAQ's

Q. Will our entire district be requiring all schools to offer the ERWC course at the 12th grade level?

A: Yes, all high schools should offer, at least one section of ERWC 12th grade, Course #91830.

Q: How is ERWC is different from the English 12 offering already in place? My understanding is that our English 12 curriculum is already rhetoric-based utilizing expository texts and fictional works.

A; Although the current "regular" 12th grade curriculum is rhetoric-based and may, in fact use some of the ERWC modules, there are some key differences:

- the ERWC course is recognized by the CSU system and "conditionally ready" students (per 11th grade EAP within SBAC) who earn a C or better are exempt from the EPT and make take credit bearing classes.

- the ERWC course MUST include at least 4-6 modules per semester.

- the ERWC course must be taught by an ERWC certified teacher.

- the instruction/curriculum in "regular" 12th grade varies from site to site.

Q. Who can teach this course?

A: A teacher may teach this course after they complete the 4 day training and receive certification.

Q: What if I attended the RIAP training in the past?

A: Unfortunately, any teacher who attended RIAP is NOT qualified (per CSU) to teach the ERWC course. RIAP was the pre-curser to the formalized ERWC. RIAP teachers are well-prepared and indeed will notice many similarities in the training. However, ERWC has been updated in the past few years. For example, there is now at least one module that includes a full length work (1984, Brave New World or Into the Wild).

Q: What if I attended ERWC training in the past, do I need to go again?

A: It depends, if you were trained prior to 2008, then you must renew your certification and attend the new training. ERWC certification received after 2008 is still valid and you do not need to attend the training again. Here is a link our most current list of ERWC trained teachers.

Q: Will there be an additional opportunity for SUHSD teachers to be trained BEFORE the new school year?

A: Yes!

For HS training, there are two options:

"Cohort A" Th, May 19; F, May 20; T, Aug 16 ; W, October 19

"Cohort B" W, May 25; Th, May 26; W, Aug 24; T, October 25

Additional MS training is in the works!

Q: How much does the ERWC training cost?

A: The only cost for these training are sites paying for substitutes. Other than that, they are free and include lunch! In the future, the state may charge a fee.

Q: Who should attend the ERWC training?

A: All ELA teachers should consider going! Even if a teacher is not planning on teaching the ERWC course next year, I would encourage them to attend and get certified. They will have the certification if they ever want to teach the course, they will learn useful strategies and skills and they will have hard copy AND digital access to all the modules in 7th-12th grade.

ERWC student Reader

The ERWC Student Reader, 2nd edition is available for purchase by high schools that have officially adopted the 12th grade CSU Expository Reading and Writing Course. Download the order form for pricing and purchasing information.

Expository Reading and Writing Course: Student Reader, Second Edition Published June 2013 ISBN 978-0-9818314-6-6 204 pages All pages are 3-hole punched with micro-perforation for easy removal $9.25 (plus sales tax) – shipping and handling included in price

ERWC Course Materials

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

Each school* has received 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.

- 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 "Standard Exceeded" on the 11th grade SBAC.
  • A score of "Standard Met" on the 11th grade SBAC and completion with "C" or better, of CSU approved Senior level course: Expository Reading and Writing course (ERWC), AP English Literature/Language, 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