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Key Principles

Key Principles of an Effective Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum

  1. The integration of interactive reading and writing processes;

  2. A rhetorical approach to texts that fosters critical thinking and engagement through a relentless focus on the text;

  3. Materials and themes that engage student interest;

  4. Classroom activities designed to model and foster successful practices of fluent readers and writers;

  5. Research-based methodologies with a consistent relationship between theory and practice;

  6. Built-in flexibility to allow teachers to respond to varied students' needs and instructional contexts; and

  7. Alignment with the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy.