"The student reviewed the benefits of annotating the text and discussed techniques for retaining what he reads. The student told me he often feels lost when he reads and has trouble following the progression of the plot. I asked him if he was a quiet place where he can read and focus all of his attention on the text, and he said his bean bag chair in his room is a perfect place for reading. His bean bag chair is now going to be his "reading chair." I also suggested that he not read the chapters until a day or two before we meet and to immediately write his chapter summaries after he finishes reading each chapter. This way, not only will the student gain more practice writing, but he will also be more likely to retain what he reads by going through the summarization process. We discussed how reading can be more fun and interesting if he really participates and that our discussions of the novel will be more enriching if he comes prepared to participate with questions and observations of his own. We concluded the session discussing the objective of a personal narrative essay and identified different aspects that make a strong personal narrative. The aspects I stressed were setting description, character description, dialogue, interesting details, and a sharp, narrow focus. We then read an example of a personal narrative and identified whether or not the author of the essay incorporated all the aforementioned aspects. The student did a great job identifying the strengths of the writer's essay. I then had him write his own personal narrative about a moment when he first realized he was talented at something. The student's response was sparse and contained a few random details about a time when he realized he was good at playing tennis instead of telling a story about the discovery of his talent. I then stressed that a personal narrative is his story and his opportunity to tell the reader a story. Next week, we are going to continue to work on personal narrative and reading comprehension."