"We began the session by playing a spelling game online in which Student 1 and Student 2 had to find words in a jumble of letters. Both girls began with very basic words but as the session progressed, they found larger and more original words. They also became increasingly adept at finding ways to extend works (for example, making them plural or adjectival). As they played, both girls occasionally asked for spelling and vocabulary help as they chose words.
After spelling, we played a grammar game that covered adverbs and adjectives. The game was designed for sixth graders and was therefore a little advanced for Student 1. However, given a little help, she was usually able to correctly note the concept even if she didn't know the particular word. Student 2 was also quite knowledgeable and improved as she talked through answers and responded to prompts. During the game, we discussed concepts like the difference between concrete and abstract nouns and indefinite pronouns. Although new to the students, they seemed to learn the concepts with relative ease.
Next, we began with a review of Ender's Game since it's been a while since our last session. We reviewed the characters, plot, and main themes. Student 2's recall was quite good, and Student 1's memory of the main events was solid although she had trouble with the details. Then, we read the next chapter aloud in turns with each person reading for as long as she was comfortable. Student 1 was the most uncomfortable reading and sometimes had difficulty knowing where one sentence ended and another began. In the future, I will work with her on sentences, clauses, etc., and the significance of punctuation marks. During the reading, we stopped at certain points to discuss the plot, characters, or themes. For instance, during the Giant's Game sequence we discussed the symbolism and why Ender would feel that way.
Finally, we watched some of the movie adaptation. Unlike Narnia, Ender's Game does not have much in the way of adaptation so the movie mostly served as a way to clarify the events of the book."