The Expository Reading and Writing Course prepares seniors for college analysis and rhetorical composition. Expository refers to non-fiction texts that explain something or put forth ideas on a topic. Some supplemental fictional works (no more than three per semester) will be taught to lend some secondary depth to the course. The primary focus, however, will be on critically reading and responding to shorter articles. Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in order to be college ready and forego any CSU or community college placement tests for English. Most assignments will be graded on a "4" point rubric, w/ a score of 4 indicating a "deep command" of the material corresponding to an A/95%, a 3 suggesting a "sufficient" command of the material corresponding w/ a B/85%, and a 2 representing a partial understanding of the material corresponding w/ a C/75%. For exposure to solid expository articles, I strongly urge students to subscribe to a major newspaper or magazine (print or online) such as the New York Times, L.A. Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, or a periodical of similar first rate journalistic caliber. I am really excited to work with seniors this year!