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I-eatner Ktver Bultetm Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11A Grand conversations help students learn (ritical thinking, expository writing Laura Beaton Staff Writer Is it better to drink tap water or bottled water? Seventh-graders at Quincy Junior High are cogitating this issue as part of a new teaching method that aligns with Common Core. Through a series of short online videos and articles, research and "grand conversations," the students in Suzanne Stirling's class are using critical thinking and reasoning skills to decide which water is better. "'Manufactured demand" is an important term that guides students in evaluating and analyzing advertisements and marketing campaigns. Stirling is implementing a new curriculum, developed by -California state university professors, that aims to develop higher-level thinking skills and teach students more effectively: ERWC (pronounced Eric). ERWC The Expository Reading Writing Curriculum came about when CSU professors found that an inordinate number of incoming students did not possess the necessary skills to succeed in their classes. Professors found that new students needed remedial reading and writing courses, and ascertained that the deficiency might be related to the 12th-grade literature-based curriculum and a lack of expository writing proficiency. So they began designing curriculum modules for high school students. Stirling and a fellow junior high teacher attended a recent ERWC training and came away with curriculum and enthusiasm for the method. Right now Stirling has four modules to teach her students including "Tap vs. Bottled Water." "YouTube has changed my teaching," Stirling said. ERWC in high school too English teacher Susan Frediani has been teaching AP English for 12 years. In addition to AP trainings, Frediani was the first teacher from Quincy to attend an ERWC training. Frediani said the district is investing in training its teachers in the ERWC method, and the results are already proving successful. She said that in her 25 years of teaching, this is absolutely one of the best curricula she has encountered. And she gets it online for free. The goal of ERWC is to teach kids to use rhetorical techniques to support their thesis, or argument, by using examples from the text. She said teachers are telling kids to "read like a detective and write like an investigative reporter." Frediani said one of the beauties of the curriculum is its contemporariness. She said she was leery of teaching the classic novel "1984" but with the support of ERWC, her students are hooked. In this modern age of high tech and social media, students can really relate to the concept of "Big Brother" and governmental invasion of privacy. As the state's department of education embraces Common Core and adaptive testing, the way teachers teach students must evolve to meet new standards and expectations. For at least two Plumas Unified School District teachers in Quincy, ERWC is a step in the right direction and one they are pleased to have at their fingertips. Quincy wrestlers compete in Chester James Wilson Sports Editor With the reintroduction of wrestling to Quincy High School's athletic program also came a program for youths. Coach Cody Clayton ran a month-long program that culminated in a tournament competition in Chester on April 5: Clayton started the program thinking he would get around five athletes between the ages of 5 and 12 to sign up. Clayton was surprised at the amount of :iaterest with 15 youths = signing up for the program. "Numbers aside, it was a really incredible group of athletes," said Clayton. "If we invest the right amounts of, time in this group there could definitely be a section championship in QHS' future." At the Chester tournament, Quincy athletes faced other athletes who have been practicing since October. Despite less practice, several Quincy athletes came out of the tournament with placements. Cyrus Stevens placed first for ages 6 and under. In the 8 and under category, Ryan *? t -, ..... Swan placed third while Holden Hutcherson and Tyler Nash placed fourth. Jonathon Swan took second in the 10 and under, and Quentin Vert took fourth. Lane Coehlo and Vert both placed third in 12 and under, and Parker Carey and Leigh LaMar both placed fourth in 14 and under. The purpose of this year's program and competing in the Chester tournament was to get the young athletes' feet wet. Clayton is fairly certain that the program has enough community support and coaching staff to pull off a longer r0Bran next :Fear. Paid Political Advertisement Quincy man earns West Point honors Three senior cadets at West Point, including one from Quincy, were recently named as National Science Foundation scholars. Cadet Stuart Baker, 25, from Quincy, is a double honors major in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. He has conducted research in developing autonomous ground vehicles, stemming from his summer spent at Lincoln Laboratory working in its robotics division. In addition to leading both the Electronics Experimenters Group and the Amateur Radio Club, he regularly organizes events to educate girls and boys on the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and what jobs they can pursue studying those topics. He will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to earn an MSC and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Baker was also selected for the Naval Postgraduate Research Fellowship, and an MIT Lincoln Laboratories Military Fellowship. Baker joins Cadet Damon Paulo, 22, from Keller, Texas, and Cadet Geoffrey Moores, 22, from Gaithersburg, Md., in receiving the National Science Foundation honor. "The National Science Foundation selects. undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation from over 17,000 applicants annually, and requires work well beyond the standard courses taken by cadets at the U.S. Military Academy," said Lt. Col. Michael Benson,pfficer in charge of the National Science Foundation at West Point. "Cadets Stuart Baker, Damon Paulo, and Geoffrey Moores represent more than just high academic performance -- in addition to their standard required courses each has undertaken significant levels of research that demonstrate their potential for success at the graduate level. Close collaboration with faculty members in the electrical engineering, computer science, physics and mechanical engineering programs contributed to the successful scholarship that each cadet included in their application files." About West Point The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year co-educational federal undergraduate liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and is world-renowned for leader development. Its mission remains constant -- to educate, train and inspire the corps of cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of duty, honor and country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U.S. Army. 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