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Mr. David N. Chung » LA4 ERWC




Instructor: MR. DAVID N. CHUNG

Phone: 714-996-4970 ext 10401



Google Classroom: TO BE GIVEN IN CLASS

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Conference: Period 1 ( 7:55-8:45 a.m.).  for meetings before or after school—please make an appointment via email.



The California State University (CSU) Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) is a year-long, rhetoric-based course designed to help students meet the standards of the English Placement Test, the expectations of university faculty, and the requirements of the Common Core State Standards.  Through a sequence of fourteen rigorous instructional modules, students will develop advanced proficiencies in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing.  Students successfully completing this course develop skills, knowledge, processes, and dispositions in the following areas of academic literacy:  reading rhetorically, writing rhetorically, listening and speaking rhetorically, and habits of mind


Course Goals and Major Student Outcomes

To be adequately prepared for the literacy demands of college, throughout the senior year students will:

  • receive instructional support to analyze, interpret, and apply the rhetorical strategies of a variety of expository and literary texts
  • strengthen their ability to create and support written arguments based on readings, research, and personal experience
  • continue to increase students’ repertoire of cognitive and metacognitive strategies for approaching various academic reading and writing tasks
  • develop independent academic literacy practices in college-bound students, including the ability to use reading and writing processes recursively and reflectively
  • be provided a conceptual and disciplinary focus for a wide variety of issues and problems that converge in written discourse

By taking this course, students are not necessarily exempt from the CSU placement test (EPT).  To be “college ready” in English, a student must receive a “Ready-Conditional” on the EAP exam and complete both semesters of LA4 ERWC (earn a grade of “C” or better each semester)..


Course Outline

Expository Reading & Writing:  ERWC modules include contemporary essays, newspaper and magazine articles, editorials, reports, biographies, memos, assorted public documents, and other non-fiction texts.  In addition, two full-length works (one novel and one work of non-fiction) will be explored.  The course assignments emphasize the in-depth study of expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing.  

Designed so that every unit follows the same sequential method of rhetorical reading and writing, each module will take approximately 2-4 weeks and will follow this sequence:

  • Reading Rhetorically (strategies & activities for Pre-reading, Reading, and Post-reading)
  • Connecting Reading to Writing (strategies & activities for Referencing Text, Negotiating Voices)
  • Writing Rhetorically (strategies & activities for Pre-writing, Writing, Revising, Editing, Evaluating)

Course Overview

1st Semester

  • What's Next?  Thinking About Life After High School
  • The Rhetoric of the Op-Ed Page: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos
  • Racial Profiling 
  • The Value of Life 
  • Good Food/Bad Food 
  • Into the Wild (Book module)

2nd Semester

  • Bring a Text to Class
  • Juvenile Justice 
  • Language, Gender, and Culture 
  • Kite Runner (Book module) 
  • Brave New World (Book module) 
  • Bullying: A Research Project


Literature:  The major works studied by seniors include, but are not limited to:
  • Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
  • Shakespeare’s Hamlet or Macbeth
  • Jeanette Walls’ The Glass Castle
  • Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild
  • Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner
  • Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers


 Grammar & VocabularyModules also integrate conventions, grammar, mechanics, punctuation, usage, and vocabulary will be studied at least once a week and reviewed in the context of literature and writing. 


Attendance Policy

Your attendance is vital to establishing and maintaining a thriving classroom environment. In other words, you matter!  Accordingly, our VHS attendance policy will be strictly enforced. 
If you are absent, it is your responsibility to check the class calendar or SMS (text message) and to set up an appointment before school, during lunch, or after school to make up work or assessments.
Being prompt and “ready to go” when the bell rings is extremely important in protecting our limited time. Therefore, the third tardy or truancy will result in detention.  
  • If you are tardy, be courteous about entering the classroom and interrupting everyone. 

Classwork and Homework Policy

All assignments are due at the very beginning of class.
For most word-processed assignments, students will start and continue work via Google Docs and the Google Classroom. Due dates or writing assignments will be posted on the Google Classroom.  I will be checking the progress of your work through the Google Classroom.
Students will spend on average 20-30 minutes of work at home approximately 2-4 nights per week. For major assignments, students will be given notice at least one week advance.
Other than word-processed final drafts, all other assignments must be in black or blue ink and neat, legible, and clean (unless otherwise stated). Assignments must also include the proper MLA heading in the upper left hand corner:

 (Student’s name)

 (Teacher’s name)

 (Class and Period)

 (Date—day month year)

Besides paper and pens, students are encouraged to have the following supplies:
  • A binder or notebook to keep papers organized
  • Post-Its© or other “sticky” notes
  • Highlighter(s)
Make-up work is only for excused Students with unexcused absences or who fail to make up their work within ONE WEEK of their return to school will receive a zero.  Tests and quizzes must also be scheduled and taken within one week of the student’s return, unless otherwise arranged.  Students who will be missing school due to school business / field trips MUST turn in assignments the day they are due. 
  • Late work will be accepted with the following penalty: 50% deduction if it is ONE day late.
  • Most written assignments will be turned in via the Google Classroom. On certain occasions, students are welcome to email assignments to the teacher, HOWEVER, be aware that if the teacher does not receive the email or the attachment does not go through, it is at your own risk. Also, teachers will not print assignments that are emailed; students must bring in a hard copy as well.
  • There are some assignments which must be printed in order to receive full credit.
    Students should plan in advance if they will be printing on campus.
  • VHS plagiarism policy will be strictly enforced (see Student Handbook)

Grading Policy

Holistic scoring guides will be utilized for written assessments and projects/portfolio. 

Grades are on a weighted scale and are cumulative; the semester grade is based on the percentage of the total points earned in each category.  All assignments will be given a point value. 

At the end of the quarter and semester, students will be assigned grades based on the percentage of the total points that they earn in each category. A variety of assignments, including tests, essays, projects, and homework provide the student with ample opportunities for success.  

For each semester, student grades for Language Arts 4 ERWC will be weighted according to the following categories:


  • notes
  • annotations
  • participation, seminars, collaboration
  • presentations


  • process essays
    • expository
    • argumentative
    • analytical
    • narrative
  • outlines
  • letters
  • online responses (Google Classroom)
  • projects
  • research paper
  • in-class essay (timed)