Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began our tutoring session with a review of the parts of speech: noun, adjective, verb, pronoun, proper noun, possessive noun, tense (past, present, and future), conjunction, colon (punctuation), and semicolon (punctuation). He is nearing mastery of this material (parts of speech). After he finished the three-page, parts of speech worksheets, we moved on to vocabulary development. Today, we reviewed / went over the ten new vocabulary words in Chapter #7. After we discussed the ten new vocabulary words and their definitions, I gave the student a twenty-question, chapter quiz (to check for understanding). After the student completed the Chapter #7 Vocabulary Quiz, we proceeded to grammar study. Specifically, the student completed a one-page worksheet on colons. Out of the 12 questions on the colon placement worksheet, he correctly answered 11 of them (92%). We finished out tutoring lesson today with writing. The student is a very strong writer. He is very good at turning a phrase, and his descriptions are very vivid. I asked him what he would like to focus on in upcoming lessons. He informed me that he would like to work on short story writing. He is always very attentive and focused on the task at hand. Thus our tutoring lessons are always very productive."
"This evening the student and I focused primarily on understanding vocabulary words in context and on identifying parts of speech. I had her create a story using all of her current vocabulary words and then I edited the story. We then revised her story accordingly. For the last 20 minutes, I introduced her to the game "BananaGrams" and had her identify the parts of speech for each of the words she created. She seems to understand adjectives best but has trouble correctly identifying the others, so this is a game we will likely return to. Her homework is to study her vocab and parts of speech in specific ways I outlined and to read 15 pages per day of a book entitled "The Running Dream," which is a fast read, but is engaging and worthwhile. I am hoping to get her into a habit of daily reading in order to improve her reading comprehension and sense of words in context."
"The student and I worked on an essay she must write for Tuesday. The essay topic and pre-writing process were all outlined in a packet from her teacher, so we focused on working through the packet. She has to write about scenes of violence in the novel "The Lord of the Flies" as a way of demonstrating what the author (Golding) is trying to say about the absence of law and order/government as well as the condition of the human heart. She had already started the worksheet packet. We determined by her thesis that she wants to write about how Golding shows the defects of human nature-- how the boys all turned on one another because there weren't rules. We moved on to talk about what her paragraphs should each be about. She had pretty much completed a rough draft introduction and a closing sentence for her conclusion. She had also found some quotes and plugged them into the worksheet as belonging to paragraph 2 or 3. Some of these quotes worked and I helped her to talk through what each quote meant and what she wanted to use it for in her paper. Overall, I think she is getting the idea. Before our session was over, I left her a rough draft outline (which I made) of the structure and contents of her paper so far. I asked her to think about where she wanted to take the essay and also reminded her to keep coming back to her thesis-- to ask (at different points in the writing process): "Does this support my thesis?""