The ERWC is more important than ever now that the CSU is discontinuing the English Placement Test for fall 2018 and ending its current system of remediation. Academic preparation still matters! The CSU will continue to rely on 11th grade testing (CAASPP/Smarter Balanced), as well as ACT and SAT to identify students as ready, conditionally ready, and not yet ready, and conditionally ready students can still demonstrate readiness by completing an approved ERWC course. Those who are not yet ready will be required to participate in a credit-bearing Early Start course during the summer before enrollment at a CSU and may have the option of a one-year “stretch” first-year composition course. All our data indicate that better prepared students graduate more quickly and in higher numbers, and ERWC remains one of the best ways to equip students with that preparation.
When we read fiction novels, we are taking in narrative text. This type of text tells a story and generally uses a lot of emotion. The opposite of this is expository text , which exists to provide facts in a way that is educational and purposeful. The text is fact-based with the purpose of exposing the truth through a reliable source. True and deliberate expository text will focus on educating its reader. Other descriptors of exposition are clear, concise, and organized writing. Expository text gets to the point quickly and efficiently.
I teach special education. I have a group of students that are reading at below grade level, at a 2nd grade level. They struggle with reading comprehension, text structures and organization. The use of graphic organizers and signal words or phrases is an excellent idea to help them visualize what a story is about. Narrative text is hard for my students to comprehend and by adding expository text they can become very confused. Students need to be taught how to identify and analyze expository text so they can plan and know what to expect as they read informational text.