The Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum (ERWC) is an integrated reading, writing, and oral communication curriculum that employs an inquiry-based, rhetorical approach. It is designed to inculcate the strategies, abilities, and habits of mind of fluent academic readers and writers through rhetorical analysis of compelling issues and interesting texts. This professional learning opportunity is designed as an active experience providing hands-on practice with the ERWC curriculum, developed by a collaborative group of CSU and high school faculty. The four-day workshop series is intended for English language arts (ELA) and English language development (ELD) high school teachers in California public schools.
Building deep conceptual understandings that transform how students read, write, listen, speak, and think, ERWC is intended to help students transfer their literacy skills to new situations and increase student agency. Developed by teachers for teachers in a continuing collaboration between high school and university faculty, the ERWC modules have been edited and revised according to feedback from practicing teachers in classrooms across CA, Washington (WA), and Hawaii. New emphases in the third edition are transfer of learning; greater variety of literary and informational texts and writing and speaking tasks; and the inclusion of integrated and designated English language development and features from Universal Design for Learning, including student goal setting and formative assessment.
Aligned with the California Standards for ELA and ELD, ERWC courses at grades 11 and 12 are approved to satisfy the “B” English subject requirement for UC and CSU admission. High schools may opt to offer the grade 11 course, the grade 12 course, or both. The modules for grades 9-12 with integrated and designated ELD may be integrated within existing ELA and ELD courses at those grades.