Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"On this session, the student and I continued investigating the fairy tales genre. We read and analyzed three additional versions of the "Little Red Riding Hood" story, including one version from China. We examined the differences among the versions of the tale and talked about how they affected our readings."
"During this session the student and I discussed his assigned reading in "The Outsiders." He had read all but the last two chapters so we were able to discuss the themes that had arisen in the book and talked about what might happen at the end of the book."
"I covered chapters 1-4 from The Outsiders with the student and we reviewed comprehension questions that he completed for homework. We discussed literary devices such as flash backs and foreshadowing. I also had him read aloud some parts of the novel and use textual evidence to answer several questions. He is assigned the next 4 chapters and will answer the next set of questions, which we will review and discuss next Wednesday."
"The student started reading the book The Giver. She is answering questions about the chapters as she reads. Our goal is to write a persuasive paper on whether it is better to live in today's world or in the futuristic community in the book. I left her with four writing prompts based on the chapters 1-2."
"All went well! We just read and discussed words and phrases the student didn't understand. She struggles with reading but is doing much better. I gave her instructions of reading 20 minutes a day. There are not concerns at this time."
"Today the student and I worked on the beginnings of what will become an essay on The Hunger Games. He read that book, which he chose himself, and was supposed to look for four or five situations or scenes in the book that depicted the theme of the book or the theme he wanted to write about. The theme started out a little foggy, such as "human choice" and then when he picked several scenes we fleshed it out a little to show how Katniss rebels against a horrible choice demanded of her by the authoritarian state and how she chooses a tough choice that is at least her own choice. The contrast between the bad choice or the horrible choice brings out that choice itself, or the human spirit, or freedom is the primary emphasis."
"The student has a tough vocabulary test coming up called "WordMasters" - this is for extra credit. He and I went over the words, thought of sentences, and grouped the words by similarities. I left him with some extra work - I told him to study these words before our next session so that we can continue grouping words together. He is starting to really understand the meaning of the words."
"The students asked to review for their vocabulary test, and we spent forty-five minutes reviewing meaning, spelling and parts of speech for three units of vocabulary. We spent the remaining time reading Emily Windsnap."
"We talked mainly about the use of figurative language in "Lord of the Flies", specifically similes used to describe heat. I encouraged the student to think more broadly about how we use similes, and we worked together to brainstorm examples."
"The pupil is to complete a reading of "Night" by Elie Wiesel before Monday. Today we spent the entire time reading, with a few stoppages to discuss details and/or vocabulary."
"We began by doing a word search that contained common words of emotion and moods that are frequently found in books. I gave the student 30 mins to complete the word search. He was able to find 18 out of 40 words. This indicated to me that he needs to work on with word recognition and we must work on that to improve his reading fluency. I then timed him reading "Alone," a poem by Maya Angelou that I have timed him reading before. He was able to read it much faster and with a greater level of fluency than the first time. I then had him read out loud to me "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," a short story by Ambrose Bierce. Next week I plan to go back to our choral and paired reading in order to attempt to fix the problems he had this week."
"We covered 8th grade English, grammar, and writing. We worked on making sure he was focused and we worked with his essay for class. Also, we talked about run-on sentences, how to avoid contractions in formal writing, and commas."