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Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC)

General Information

ERWC CurriculumAs a means to increase college readiness, a California State University (CSU) task force has developed the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), a full-year college preparatory English course for high school juniors or seniors. Course assignments, organized into 14 modules and based mainly on non-fiction texts, emphasize the in-depth study of expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The University of California has approved the ERWC for area "B" credit (from the "A-G" requirements), and the course meets college preparatory requirements for both the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU).

The ERWC has been revised to align with the Common Core State Standards, address critical reading and writing problems identified by the CSU English Placement Test Committee, and prepare students to meet the expectations of college and university faculty. The task force has also developed additional modules, four per grade level for grades 7-11, that follow the revised ERWC assignment template and are intended to augment curriculum and expertly promote instruction with expository texts.

The Benefits of ERWC

  • Certification for teachers to be able to use the ERWC course in grades 11-12 and modules for grades 9-11 to advance English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Placement Test results from “conditional status” to “college-ready.”
UC Pre-Approved A-G Eligibility Course that schools and districts can adopt to fulfill “B” English requirement and increase rigor now for grades 11 and 12.

  • A Common Core-aligned,  research-validated curriculum and instructional model for teaching California standards with emphasis on expository reading and writing and college readiness.

About ERWC 3.0

In June 2019, the California State University system will release the third edition of the ERWC for grades 11 and 12. Schools have several choices regarding the implementation of ERWC in school year 2019-2020: 

  • Your school may choose to offer the new edition of the course in grade 11, grade 12, or both grades. 
Your school may choose to continue offering the second edition of the course in grade 12 for one remaining year. 

  • Beginning fall 2020, all schools offering the ERWC in grade 12 must offer the third edition of the course. 

In total, there are 81 new and revised modules that utilize a revised ERWC Assignment Template for grades 9-12. Nineteen modules include support for integrated English language development (ELD). Five new modules can be integrated into a school's Career Technical Education (CTE) Health Pathway. There are also new categories for the modules that include:  issue, foundational document, drama, full-length book, research, and concept mini-modules.

Teachers who are already ERWC certified will have access to the new 11th and 12th grade course and the new modules throughout the ERWC Online Community. Teachers who are already ERWC Certified will NOT need to attend additional professional learning to use the modules.

California State UniversityProfessional Learning

ERWC 3.0 Introductory Workshop

A four-day workshop that certifies 9-12th grade teachers to teach ERWC courses and modules. Through in-depth analysis of expository reading and writing, teachers acquire knowledge of what it means to read and write rhetorically and the ways in which this approach promotes career and college readiness. Teachers who attend all days of the professional learning receive print and digital access to ERWC curriculum for all grade levels.

All Introductory Workshops are online. Teachers can register for any workshop in any California region.

ERWC 3.0 Update Course

A two-day refresher course for teachers who are already ERWC certified who would like a more formal introduction to the new ERWC 3.0 modules and a deeper understanding of argumentation, rhetoric and writing.

If you have previously been ERWC certified and are interested in taking a refresher course, please email Jennifer Upham for further information.