Monthly Archives: September 2012

Response to Lit Class Begins October 15

A new Response to Literature/Opinion Writing Class will begin on Monday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m.

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 Monday, October 15, 1:00-1:55 p.m.



Online Writing Classes Available

Online Writing Classes Now Available

If you live too far away to travel to Temecula to have your child attend my popular writing classes in person, they are now available online.  I am videotaping actual classes, so your child will feel like he or she is right there in the classroom with us, hearing student interactions, questions, clarifications, etc.  I will provide your student with the same materials that the students in the class receive, and I will edit your student’s homework just like I do for the students in my class.  If your student has questions, I am available by phone or email. Your child will receive all the benefits of taking the class, but you don’t have to travel or fit a specific time into your schedule–your child can view the video on YOUR schedule, on any day, and at any time.

The class is eight weeks, and you can begin anytime.  Cost is $80, including all materials.

Click the link below to see a short preview of Writing I.

For more information or to enroll your student, contact Holly at 951-302-0540 or

Writing Class Preview from Holly Dodson on Vimeo.