The Downey Legend

The Conspiracy of Our English Classes

ERWC teacher at Downey High School, Mrs. Ordway believes conspiracy theories help students better identify fake news, “The person who writes about this conspiracy theory also writes that the flowers talk to them in the middle of the night,” Ordway said. “The one that I am probably the most curious about now is the Marilyn Monroe one, that the government killed her…. instead of blaming addiction it's easier to blame the government.”

Adrian Soto and Amy Garcia

April 15, 2019

  Flat earths, fake moon landings, and a new world orders are all concepts people believe or disbelieve.  These ideas are commonly called conspiracy theories, an idea that a secret and often malicious organization/individuals are responsible for some action event. As the school year is end...

ERWC Rehauls Curriculum

Jasmine Fernandez, Editor-In-Chief

October 10, 2018

With teachers, classes and curriculum adapting to the new school year, courses such as CSU-ERWC, or California State University Expository Reading and Writing Course, have undergone revision to accommodate new requirements in the course-load. These changes were brought about by a grant gifted to the ...

Censorship Felt in ERWC Classes

Lizzy Martinez, Co-Business Manager

May 25, 2018

As the school year begins to come to an end, seniors in their CSU Expository Reading and Writing classes, ERWC, are discussing gender and society norms put on genders. The curriculum allows for students to voice their opinion on their current view on society and the toll labels have on a person.   ...

ERWC Expert Projects

ERWC Expert Projects

Ajla Nasic, Social Media Manager

May 1, 2018

Each year, seniors currently taking ERWC are required to choose a topic that fascinates them  to research throughout the course of the school year and present their findings in a 15 minute long presentation. Because they are not limited to a certain scope of topics, students are free to delve into an issue...

ERWC Expert Projects

Karla Ramirez, Photo Editor

May 24, 2017

The Expert Project is an assignment given in the beginning of the school year to students who are taking the CSU Expository Reading and Writing (ERWC) program. For this assignment, students pick any topic they want to research and read about throughout the school year, and bring everything together t...

Oh, the times they are a-changin’

Beginning this semester in the Math and English departments, the Downey Unified School District will require teachers to change their curriculum. Mrs. Orca has changed her curriculum after six years of teaching to fit the curriculum requirements.

Moises Martinez, Community Section Editor

February 25, 2014

Beginning this spring, the Downey Unified School District will be implementing a series of changes to the curriculum that will affect primarily the English and Math departments. This year, students will no longer be required to sit through the traditional California State Testing. Instead, a new exam...

Lending a hand to striving writers

Starting in February after school select Downey High School juniors and seniors, who applied will participate in a student—tutoring program to assist sophomores with their writing skills.  This program, officially known as the writing lab, has fallen under the supervision of English teachers: Ms. Stratford, Mrs. Carlson, and Mrs. Bean.

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

January 18, 2013

Beginning on Feb. 5, the English Department will be providing free tutoring services for students who need help with their writing assignments.   Led by Ms. Stratford, Ms. Bean and Ms. Carlson, the writing lab will consist of juniors and seniors who will volunteer their time in order to assist...

Discussing the macabre

Gustavo Ramirez, Opinions Editor

March 21, 2012

Students in the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) discuss the functions and implications of genocide throughout Feb. and March to better understand the world and the ramifications of their actions. The genocide course is a specialty unit created by ERWC teachers Mrs. Hill, Ms. Stratford, and...

English classes write outside the box

English classes write outside the box

Anais Hinojosa

April 4, 2011

Pushing the limits of everyday assignments, students in several English classes throughout the school have taken on writing tasks that require more than just analyzing literature out of a textbook. Whether it’s writing a satire, a paper involving ethnography, or the tale of a real life immigrant, English...

ERWC throws down

ERWC throws down

Brandon Pineda, News Editor

January 26, 2011

The students from Ms. Hill and Mrs. Stratford’s ERWC courses raced with formulaic letters placed in-hand in a definition showdown. ERWC is a replacement English course offered for seniors, which focuses on articles and terms. On Monday, Jan. 24, the students from Mrs. Stratford’s ERWC course face...

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