"Today for warm up I had the student trace words across three worksheets. After tracing each word, I had him read them out loud. Most of the words were pretty simplistic, but one or two had "st" and "ch" in them, which required more thought and sounding out on his part. We took more time with these and I (re-) introduced the idea of elongating the words (stretching out each sound while stringing them together). While practicing this, I used my hands to signify this elongation, in an accordion -type motion, and had the student do the same hand motion with me when sounding out longer, more complex words later in the session. After this, we took a couple of minutes to manipulate several of the words in the warm-up to create other words. This stemmed from the student's addition of "n" to "wet" to create "went". I then set expectations for the main activity of the session: to take several of the words from the first exercise and use them in a sentence or two to set the stage for a story, something that we could easily visualize and write a story about. To assist the student with approach and word selection, I began by coming up with a single sentence containing two of the words. Once I did this, he took an interest in extending the story, bringing in additional words from the worksheets. I had him repeat back his story a couple times to not only check his delivery and incorporation of select vocabulary, but to give him practice storytelling (stressing the idea that we often use language to convey a story or share our own story). I let him know that we were going to take turns recording/writing our combined story. I think this was of some comfort to him, as he is often left to his own devices when writing and liked the feeling of support. I modeled writing the first sentence for him: walked him through my metacognitive process as I asked him to help me determine when to capitalize letters in words; how to approach spacing; the reasoning behind intentionally stopping before a longer, more challenging word and taking the time to stretch it out to help with spelling; and how to show that I had come to the end of my thought (sentence). Talking through this out loud helped him to see all the ingredients one should consider and can struggle with when writing, and also empowered him, as he got to share his knowledge of the writing process with me and function as my major support throughout. When it was his turn to write (sentence two), we had the same sort of conversation we had had with the first sentence. My intent here was not that he should view me as a peer so much as he could see that writing is a process for everyone and that it is something that can be collaborative and can allow for creativity. Since creating equal spaces between words consistently is a challenge for him, I made this the focus for the remainder of the story writing. I asked him what he had been told about spacing in school and why we do it. He said he taught himself to use his thumb for spacing, but sometimes forgot to do so. I asked him to place his thumb where my spaces occurred in the first sentence to see if there wasn't another metric or idea we could use to help with differentiating one word from the next. He was quick to say that his thumb was too big for my spaces so I asked what he thought about using his pinky finger to help space things out. He liked this idea so we agreed we'd implement the 'pinky space' between words moving forward. Before tackling the third sentence, I again asked and encouraged Sebastian to help me with things I needed to be cognizant of while moving from one word to the next, when writing a word I wasn't very familiar with, etc. and between words would purposely say "pinky space" out loud so he could hear and see that I was reminding myself to actively pursue this in my writing. The things I vocalized as I was writing sentence one and sentence three went a ways in helping the student to grasp the notion of writing strategy and see the reminders/practice that goes into developing one's own writing. When we got to the final sentence, the student's sentence, he applied the strategies I had modeled, verbalizing as he went. In fact, when he got to the last word of his sentence, "purple", he was first to bring his hands together and pull them apart to sound it out, and his spelling of the word was that much better for it."