"We started today's session by reviewing the verb worksheets the student completed last week. I quizzed him on a couple of verb forms. He finished one of the worksheets and did another one, on irregular verbs. He was good at using a table of irregular verb forms to identify and correct tense errors. There are some basic irregular verbs that he didn't already seem to have memorized, and that's grade-appropriate knowledge, so I'd like to continue working with him on those particular verbs. Another area I've been working on with him is detail -- he doesn't default to writing descriptively, and I'd like for him to be able to switch back and forth, between employing thorough descriptions and using terse language. I gave him a couple of descriptive/ instructional writing exercises. First, I asked him to write a biography of someone, fictional or not, human or not. The rules were that he couldn't tell me who it was, he had to answer certain questions about the subject, and he could tell as many lies as he wanted, as long as he included at least 3 truths. I would then have to guess the identity of the subject and what was fact or fiction. He wrote a short bio of his dog, with good sentence structure, but not much detail. We proofread it together -- he had a couple of capitalization issues and 2 sentence fragments. He was able to fix the errors with prompting. Next, I asked him to tell me how to do something, as if I were an alien, and without saying what it was he was telling me to do - so, every step needed to be described in detail. He wrote another short, more grammatically correct, paragraph - how to make pancakes. I went through each step of his instructions with him, asking him questions like, "What is a microwave? How will I know how to find it? How do I set the time? I've never done that before." And, he added more detail. Finally, we went back to the verbs worksheet and brainstormed/ talked about more irregular verbs."