ERWC English 12
Beaumont High School English Language Arts Instructor
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~ Welcome to ERWC English 12 ~

What is ERWC? ERWC stands for Expository Reading and Writing Course.
The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) was designed to improve the readiness of high school students for English competency in college, whether in the CSU, UC, or the California Community College (CCC) systems
Still have questions? Try the ERWC Frequently Asked Questions for more information

In this class we will be reading expository texts such as newspaper articles and scientific studies, and writing about them from that point of reference. Students will not require a textbook, as the module articles we will be covering are given to the students in a small paper book so they can complete the major component to reading expository texts: annotations. Students are issued ONE book. If for any reason the student needs a replacement book, another can be purchased from the business office.

Module titles semester one:

What's Next? Thinking About Life After High School
Racial Profiling
The Value of Life
Good Food/Bad Food
Into the Wild (nonfiction book)

Module titles semester two:

Bring a Text to Class: Bridging Out-of-School Literacies
Juvenile Justice
Language, Gender, and Culture
Brave New World
Bullying: A Research Project
This module will end the year and will focus on a research project that will be required for course completion. Failure to complete the research project to specifications will result in a failing grade in the class second semester. This WILL keep you from graduating!!!!

Students in ERWC English 12 will also be reading A Brave New World. This novel is a module in and of itself. Students will be able to check out the text from the BHS library, HOWEVER, it is my SUGGESTION that you purchase your own copy of the novel so you may ANNOTATE it. Remember: The EWRC course is largely about interactive reading, that means taking notes and commenting while reading. That is hard to do when you cannot write in text



Monday November 3 , 2014

Module 5 Intro: Good Food/Bad Food
TED talk: Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food
Picture walk

Tuesday November 4, 2014

Activities 1-3
Key vocabulary

Wednesday November 5, 2014


Thursday November 6, 2014

Friday November 7, 2014

Monday October 13 , 2014

No School

Tuesday October 14, 2014

Ebert: The Essential Man, Esquire Magazine article
Activity 14: Survey the Text
Activity 15: Making Predictions and Asking Questions
TED talk: Roger Ebert (If you are absent, I suggest you go to TED and look up the Ebert talk and watch before reading the article in your textbook
Activity 16: Key Vocabulary: Pre-annotating the article

Wednesday October 15, 2014

Activity 17: Reading for Understanding: Ebert: The Essential Man
Activity 18: Mapping Organizational Structure

Thursday October 16, 2014

Activity 19: Annotating and questioning the text
Activity 20 Analyzing stylistic choices

Friday October 17, 2014

Activity 21: Summarizing and Responding
The Mock Interview: This is a partner activity, and YES, there will be presentations!

Monday October 6 , 2014

Intro Module 4: The Value of Life
Activities 1: Getting ready to read. Quickwrite: How do you value life? What makes life challenging? What makes it worth living?
Activity 2: Exploring Key Concepts: Life, value
Activity 3: Survey the Text: Structure, format, language
Activity 4: Making Predictions: Respond to the questions. (see me if you are absent)

Tuesday October 7, 2014

Activity 5: Key Vocab: Polar opposites in Hamlet's soliloquy
Activity 6: First read: aloud as a class, basic annotations
Activity 7: Considering structure: Respond to questions about structure

Wednesday October 8, 2014

Activity 9: Annotating and Questioning the text
Activity 10: Analyzing stylistic devices: Metaphor, simile, personification
Activity 11: Summary and Response

Thursday October 9, 2014

Charting Multiple Texts worksheet
Come see me to get this if you are absent. You will be using this to help you analyze, compare and contrast the 6 different reading pieces we will cover in this module

Friday October 10, 2014

No School for Students

Monday September 29, 2014

"Blind Spot"
Prereading, reading, postreading

Tuesday September 30 , 2014

PAPA square for Blind Spot

Wednesday October 1, 2014

Arguing Racial Profiling

Thursday October 2, 2014

2 more racial profiling articles
Prereading, reading, and postreading strategies will be required

Friday October 3, 2014

The Writing Task
Students will prep and write the final essay for module 3
If you are absent, you need to come and schedule a time to retake the in class essay~ which is a test

Monday September 15, 2014

Module 2: Racial Profiling
Discussion: How to talk about and argue about race. Today we will begin the second module by going over the expectations for personal conduct when discussing the facets of race. Students who demonstrate poor personal conduct during this module (and others like it) will find themselves removed from the class
We will be completing the class by watching a TED talk on race and why people don't talk about it. The expectation is that students will gather the speaker's opinions, and decide where their own opinions lie

Tuesday September 16 , 2014

Activities 2-3

Wednesday September 17, 2014


Thursday September 18, 2014

Friday September 19, 2014


Monday September 1, 2014

NO School! Labor Day observed

Tuesday September 2 , 2014

Imperfect moment paper issues
There were MANY students who earned a zero on this assignment. These students will be given the opportunity to rewrite the paper to bring it up to a standard that reflects their grade level and the requirements for the assignment they were given
There will be no late papers accepted for this rewrite. A due date will be given, and the rewrite is due at that time. Even if you are not in class the day it is due, YOUR PAPER NEEDS TO BE OR THE ORIGINAL SCORE OF ZERO WILL STAND!
EAP scores will be given and we will discuss what they mean and how that pertains to this class and the work you will be expected to complete to standard this year

Wednesday September 3, 2014

Today we move into the second segment of the module: research
Activities 17 and 19 will require you to read and review the 2 final documents in your textbook
First you are creating a list of FAQ about your future path
Once this is completed, you will then create a FAQ
Tomorrow, you will research! Bring an electronic device you can use if you can!

Thursday September 4, 2014


Friday September 5, 2014

Activity 20: Summary and Response
Today you are gathering all of your work, writing, and research, and making a nice, neat, FAQ page
Finally, you will summarize your findings, and RESPOND to the work you have completed this far into the module

Monday 2014

Tuesday , 2014

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Welcome, introductions, classwebsite, expectations
Who is Mrs. Shuman?
Questions, comments, concerns??

Thursday August 14, 2014

Grammar Pretest
This is not meant to stress you out! You may work with a partner to answer the questions

Friday August 15, 2014

ERWC Introductory reflective questions
These are 6 essential questions that you will be responding that will set your personal expectations for this course this year
Think before you write...that's why it is called a reflection!!
If you are absent, the questions can be found here: ERWC Intro Reflective Questions

Monday August 18, 2014

Intro to Module 1: What's Next? Thinking About Life After High School

Module Structure (this is a handout you can get from me upon your return if you are absent)
Standards, objectives
Procedures for this and all other modules this year
Grammar Activity 1: Guided Composition and Noticing Language

Tuesday 2014

Activity 2: Activating Prior Knowledge
Group work!

Wednesday 2014


Thursday 2014

Friday 2014

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