"We began working on the student's essay today. We began by going over some strategies for writing and prewriting. First, I had her read the text and mark any places in which the author supported their main claim with facts, reasoning or rhetorical devices. Once she had finished, I had her write a rough outline, starting with the topics of the body paragraphs, then writing a thesis statement and finally a conclusion. I had her choose the topics for the body paragraph first so that the thesis (in this case a discussion of how the author made their argument) would connect to all of her discussion points. She then wrote her essay. She did a good job of organizing her essay because she stuck closely to her outline. Her writing was generally clear and effective, though at times a bit awkward. She did a lot more summary than analysis, so we spent some time afterward connecting the details discussed in her body paragraph to each other and to the thesis statement. I explained that analysis is not just stating what the author had to say, but looking at how they said it and to what effect. I also asked her to discuss how each example furthered or detracted from the author's main point. One win for today was the student's conclusion. She did a good job of restating the thesis without being repetitive, and she also managed to connect all of her examples together in an elegant and analytical way. Since this is something that we had been working on in previous sessions, it was clear that she is improving. For homework, she will work on the online writing practice. For our next session, I will find some passages and we will practice summarizing the text using supporting details, analyzing the author's argument, and identifying the tone of the passage (an area she feels less confident in)."