Early Assessment Program

Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum

ERWC: Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum.


The ERWC (Expository Reading and Writing Course) is a college preparatory, rhetoric-based English language arts course for grade 12 designed to develop academic literacy (advanced proficiency in rhetorical and analytical reading, writing, and thinking).

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 UC and CSU. The CSU ERWC is designed for a grade 12 English language arts course. There is also curriculum for grades 7-11.

Professional Learning

High School English language arts teachers may register for CPP sponsored workshops to become an ERWC-certified instructor.

ERWC 3.0 New to ERWC Session

The 3rd edition of the CSU ERWC is a college preparatory, rhetoric-based English language arts course for grade 12 and grade 11. Both courses (Grade 12 and Grade 11) have been approved by the University of California under area "b" (from the "a-g" requirements). The four-week professional learning workshop series is spread over a three-month period and includes course materials. The New to ERWC Session is intended for teaches who have never been certified to teach the CSU ERWC curriculum. In order to be certified, synchronous and asynchronous participation are required. 

To view the statewide schedule of New to ERWC sessions, please visit the Center for the Advancement of Reading & Writing website.  

Related Websites

CSU ERWC Online Community

Teachers participating in the workshop are given access to the vibrant ERWC Online Community.


Learn more about this innovative curriculum, including how to adopt it at your district and high schools.


All things ERWC including Podcast, Social Media, and Mini-Module order form.