Beginning and Advanced Power Writing with Pizazz

Tutor: Cheryl O’Donnell

Grades: 3rd-6th

An in-depth course on the structure and process of writing

Focus Group:

This class is intended for 3rd to 6th grade level students who need to build foundational writing skills in order to be confident in writing different genres. This year I am offering both a Beginners Power Writing with Pizazz and and Advanced Power Writing with Pizazz.

Basically, the difference is the pace I will go with the class. If your child is a reluctant writer or a young developing writer still establishing sentence structure, paragraph structure and confidence in their writing ability, the Beginners class may be a great fit for them.

However, if your child does have some writing confidence and just needs to go deeper into stretching sentences and paragraphs while developing stronger writing techniques, the Advanced class may be the perfect fit for them.

Also, if your child has already taken the Power Writing with Pizazz with me this year, I would love to continue on with them in the Advanced class. They will continue to exercise all the writing skills they have already learned and they will become much more accomplished and confident in all of their writing challenges.

I invite you to check out my web site to see all of what the students have done this year!

Course Description:

This course will help young children to build a strong foundation in the process of writing that will include parts of speech, basic sentence structure and sentence variation and opportunities to further develop listening and speaking skills in a safe and nurturing environment. Power Writing with Pizazz would provide them with tools for upper level writing.

Course Benefits:

This course will take students through the writing process, introduce and utilize brainstorming and basic research techniques. It will set students up with a structure for writing that can be used for developing strong personal narratives, persuasive/ opinion and research writing. It has a very student friendly format that still allows for creativity and personal voice.

Cheryl has taught in the public school system and continues to be involved in the current curriculum standards through private tutoring and maintaining close relationships with families and professionals in the public/ private school systems as well as parents and teachers in the homeschooling community. Cheryl has also completed additional courses in higher education with a specific focus on developing writing skills to provide the most effective methods of teaching young writers.

Course Costs:
$360 per student for the entire year. Half ($180) is due at the week before classes begins in September. The other half is due at the beginning of the second semester in January. (Cost weekly for this one hour and 25 minute class is approximately $10.60).

*Family discount:
A family discount will apply after the full payment of two siblings. Other siblings
that would like to participate in the class will pay $90 per semester with the same non- refundable fees and refund policy as above.

Course Length:
This class is a one-year program, each semester has 17 weeks of classes. Each class is one hour and 25 minutes.

Required Course Materials:

Students will need paper and writing utensils. Home computers are appropriate, but not required, for out of class work.

Course Registration:
Students must be registered prior to the start of class in the fall.

Absence, Cancellation and Drop Policy:

If a student misses class, it is his/her responsibility to contact Cheryl for make-up work and any class material. A very effective and easy way to stay caught up before a planned absence or after an unplanned absence is to email Cheryl ( so that the student can get notes, handouts, and assignments. If Cheryl is ill or school is canceled due to weather, material will be made up within the next few classes.

Tutor Biography:

Cheryl retired from Mattawan Consolidated Schools in 2013. She began teaching 3rd grade in 2003 after completing her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education and minors in math, science and language arts from Western Michigan University. She later completed her Masters degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College in 2005. She has served on various committees including Social Studies and Language Arts with a specific focus on writing skills. Cheryl piloted the “Teach the Traits of Effective Writing” program with a total of 52 students. Cheryl has worked with a variety of students with learning and behavioral disabilities including ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, emotional and social impairment, and special needs. She provided instruction for gifted students as well making certain all students were challenged to their ability and were given opportunities to improve and reach their unique potential.

Cheryl is a Christian woman, wife, mother of four, and grandmother of 10. She attends Mattawan Community Church.and is currently participating on the prayer team. Even in the public school, Cheryl was passionate about sharing the love of Jesus and creating awareness for students that extended beyond themselves.

Cheryl believes that her passion for teaching is a gift that is intended to be used for helping students not only excel but to bring out the best in each individual.

Please do not hesitate to contact Cheryl with questions or concerns at anytime. Thank you!


23030 Blackbird Ave. Mattawan, MI 49071