• Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC)


    In an effort to support the greater Bay Area in preparing students for college, the Alameda County Office of Education proudly serves as the Region IV ERWC lead. We support seven counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Solano, San Francisco, and San Mateo in certifying 11th and 12th grade teachers to teach this course, as well as all other secondary-level teachers in implementing modules that are aligned to ERWC. We also offer trainings for teachers who would like a refresher and updates on the curriculum.

    Current Offerings

    Visit this flyer for all Intro and Update Course offerings from Region IV through the end of this year! All courses are virtual and open to the entire state of California; priority will be given to participants from Region IV. (Please note that while best practice is to participate in a training hosted by your region, if the dates we currently provide do not work for you, please view additional offerings from other regions.)

    Mini Module Reader Now Available for Purchase

    Visit this website to order your copies of the mini module reader; 20 copies minimum per order.


    What is ERWC?

    The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) is a college preparatory (A-G), rhetoric-based English Language Arts course for grades 11 and 12 designed to develop academic literacy (advanced proficiency in rhetorical and analytical reading, writing, and thinking).  Find out more about ERWC from this Information Sheet and How to Adopt Fact Sheet.

    Is ERWC 2.0 obsolete?

    ERWC 2.0 was officially archived on September 1, 2021. This means that the readings are no longer available (online or in print) and the modules are no longer updated. The expectation is that all ERWC teachers will have transitioned to ERWC 3.0 in their classrooms.

    ERWC 3.0 has many more choices for teachers, many more opportunities to engage with different genres, the ability to adopt both at the 11th and 12th grade levels, and various ways to meet the Common Core State Standards. All 3.0 modules are enhanced with universal design for learning, inquiry-based approaches, support for emergent bilinguals, assets-based and culturally- and linguistically-sustaining pedagogies, and more! Also, some 2.0 modules have been updated and enhanced and now appear in 3.0.

    How Many ERWC Modules Should I Teach in One Academic Year?

    Our University of California Office of the President-approved course description requires 5-6 full modules and 5 mini modules (2 portfolio modules and 3 concept/skill minis). Please see the course overview on page 1 of the course description.

  • Contact 


    Rita Pope
    Program Manager
    Language & Literacy 

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