"During our first session, the student and I began with a free write. The prompt I gave him asked him to compare and contrast his experiences as a third grader and a fourth grader. He enjoyed the free writing exercise and stayed focused for the full fifteen minutes of writing, which is a huge plus. He enjoyed writing and being creative. He turned his compare and contrast response into more of a story than a short essay. At his level, I am primarily focused on getting him to enjoy writing and expressing himself through language. I am encouraging him to be as descriptive as possible in his writing. In the future, I will challenge him to be more persuasive and argumentative in some of his free writing assignments, but for now, I think it is more important to just get him writing. We concluded our session discussing imagery and how the purpose of imagery is to engage the reader's senses. We then played a game where he had to pick a random object in the room and write three descriptive sentences about the object without giving away its name. His original sentences were rather bland, but we discussed how his language could be richer and more descriptive.
During this session, the student and I reviewed the eight parts of speech. He has a strong grasp on nouns, verbs, and adjectives, but we need to work more on pronouns, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections. He is able to identify conjunctions, but we need to spend more time strengthening his understanding of the function of conjunctions. We concluded the session with a free write in which I encouraged him to describe "the messiest room." We reviewed the concept of imagery and discussed the importance of "show not tell." He did a nice job with "show not tell," and we revised any sentences that needed to "show" more."