Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed "America the Story of Us" episodes 9 and 10. We worked on functions, solving algebraic equations, and ratios/proportions."
"Today's lesson began with a map exercise where the student filled out a blank map of Europe circa 1914. He only required a few pointers, and then was able to color code the central powers and the Triple Entente. We then covered a timeline of the Great War from the assassination of Franz Ferdinand to Woodrow Wilson's declaration of war on Germany. We discussed reasons the war escalated from a Balkan conflict to a world war and why America chose to join the war when it did. Next, we looked at a book on World War 1 ephemera and discussed visual culture of the time, putting emphasis on audience, intent, and reception of political cartoons and advertisements. We continued with a history of Fritz Haber and ended with an analysis of a poem by Siegfried Sassoon. An interview with Sir Geoffrey Marshall was assigned for homework."
"Today's focus was on the challenges the settlers faced in Jamestown during their first five years. We reviewed five primary source documents to help paint a picture of what they faced. The documents included a description of the environment, a list of the occupations and numbers for each of the first settlers, a journal account of the harsh treatment of the Powhatan, a graph depicting drought periods, and a timeline of English mortality for the first four years, including cause of death (primarily disease, starvation, and attacks). From this, we were able to think like historians to understand why so many of the settlers died in this early period."