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English 4 ERWC

Credit?: 10.0 (Year Course)         Grade 12         Course #1550

 

Recommended Preparation:  ELA SBAC results with a 3 proficiency level of standard met (class is hand scheduled)

 

English 4 (ERWC) is a rigorous college preparatory course surveying literature that emphasizes preparing graduates for college and career.  The goal of the Expository Reading and Writing Course is to prepare college-bound seniors for the literacy demands of higher education. Through a sequence of eight to ten rigorous instructional modules, students in this year long, rhetoric course develop advanced proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing.  The cornerstones of the course- the ERWC Assignment Template-presents a scaffolded process for helping students read, comprehend, and respond to nonfiction and literary texts. Modules also provide instruction in research methods and documentation conventions. 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.  By the end of the course, students will be expected to use this process independently when reading unfamiliar texts and writing in response to them.