Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She began by reading aloud Chapter 8 from Arthur and the Poetry Contest. She was directed to think about the words and actions of characters and how these are clues to understanding. Some important ideas are "right there" -- explicitly written in the text -- and some ideas are inferences which must be figured out. She was able to point out evidence of her conclusions in the text. From this reading she noted the new and familiar vocabulary words: "reciting, attentive, illustrating, swell, yanked, and faint". Using a magazine, she read aloud a 2-page passage. New words from this story were discussed: "merchant, witness, and guilty". Then another 2-page passage was employed to further challenge her reasoning. Here, she showed excellent understanding of events and characters. She correctly inferred that the events did not really happen and that the main character had been duped by his sister. Again, she successfully found evidence in the text to support her conclusions. She will write 2 or 3 paragraphs next session where she states then writes her ideas and presents her clues (text-based evidence). She worked diligently throughout the session and is improving in her ability to form inferences and compose sentences."
"Today we worked on another practice test that had questions based on a letter. He answered several MC questions. He also answered one long response question with support. He was introduced to the concept of using a web to organize his thoughts before beginning to write his answer."
"We worked on reading the ends of words and speed reading. We discussed the plot, characters, and important actions in "The Friendship". We began reading "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe". I am attempting to find reading material that is age-appropriate but also exciting for her. She also had another "Bad Kitty" book."