ERWC - Senior English

  • 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 fourteen rigorous instructional modules, students in this yearlong, rhetoric-based course develop advanced proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing.  The cornerstone of the course—the assignment template—presents a process for helping students read, comprehend, and respond to nonfiction and literary texts.  Modules also provide instruction in the rhetorical strategies employed by authors and apply those strategies in 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.  Course texts include contemporary essays, newspaper and magazine articles, editorials, reports, biographies, memos, assorted public documents, and other nonfiction texts.  

    One novel will be included each semester

    Into the Wild

    1984