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Narrative writing's main purpose is to tell a story. The author will create different characters and tell you what happens to them (sometimes the author writes from the point of view of one of the characters—this is known as first person narration). Novels, short stories, novellas, poetry, and biographies can all fall in the narrative writing style. Simply, narrative writing answers the question: “What happened then?”
To promote wide-scale adoption of the ERWC, the CSU partners closely with County Offices of Education to provide professional learning for English teachers in their local regions. The four-day professional learning workshop series, spread over a two- to four-month period, includes all course materials and access to the ERWC's vibrant Online Community. Workshops provide teachers with theoretical as well as practical understandings of the ERWC, familiarize teachers with the many benefits of the course for students and school personnel, offer pragmatic strategies for using course materials to teach each module, and provide teachers generative tools for developing their own ERWC-style modules around texts of their own choosing. Although districts are responsible for the cost of substitutes, the workshops are free of charge for eligible high school teachers. In addition to the full course for grade 12, four supplementary modules per grade for grades 7-8 and 9-11 are also now available. Teachers who attend the high school workshop series will automatically receive access to the grades 9-11 materials. Grades 7-8 teachers interested in using the ERWC curriculum can attend an 18-hour workshop specifically designed for middle school educators. Contact your County Regional Lead or CSU Early Assessment Program Coordinator for more information on high school and middle school workshops.
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