Domains of Writing

The new Common Core Standards identifies three domains of writing in which students are expected to become proficient:  Narrative, Expository (informative/explanatory), and Opinion/Argumentative.  To help students meet these standards, I am offering new writing classes that specifically teach these domains.

About the Classes

All classes are small group, with up to eight students per class. This size allows for group interaction and sharing of ideas among students, as well as individual attention from the teacher. Classes meet in Holly’s home classroom in Temecula. All classes are 55 minutes in length and meet once a week.

Additional classes will be added as needed, so if the times listed don’t work for you, please let me know what does, and I will try to open a class that meets your needs.

Response to Literature/Opinion Writing

This class will incorporate literature selections to teach the Opinion/Argumentative writing domain.  After reading high interest stories, students will learn to write a quick summary of the text, state an opinion about character traits, theme, or mood of the setting, support their opinion with evidence from the story (using direct quotes or paraphrasing), analyze how the evidence supports their opinion, and make a connection between the story and themselves, other texts, or the outside world.

As with all my classes, this complex writing domain will be broken down into simple, easy to follow steps so students learn a formula for responding to literature and writing opinions without becoming overwhelmed.  Before we write, we will spend lots of time on planning and oral rehearsal, both crucial but often overlooked components of the writing process. Within the context of response to literature writing, we will discuss organization, word choice, sentence fluency, transitions, and conventions of writing.

Grades 4 and up

$125 for eight weeks

New classes begin Wednesday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m.

 Expository Writing

This class teaches students to use graphic organizers to plan different types of expository paragraphs, including paragraphs that inform, describe, explain (using sequence), and analyze (using cause and effect).  Students are taught a “secret formula” that helps them formulate strong topic sentences, and use organizers to help them write body paragraphs in logical order.  We will also learn about expository hooks to capture the reader’s interest and snappy endings that connect back to the hook.

As with all my classes, this complex writing domain will be broken down into simple, easy to follow steps so students learn a formula for expository writing without becoming overwhelmed.  Before we write, we will spend lots of time on planning and oral rehearsal, both crucial but often overlooked components of the writing process. Within the context of expository writing, we will discuss organization, word choice, sentence fluency, transitions, and conventions of writing.

Grades 4 and up

$125 for eight weeks

 

Holly is an approved vendor for River Springs, Live Oak, Julian, Sky Mountain, Mountain Peak, and Dehesa Charter Schools.

For more information or to enroll your student, call Holly at 951-302-0540 or email at holly.dodson@verizon.net