Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on finalizing his book report on White Fang, and I suggested additional strategies to help hone his high levels of curiosity and intellect into focused activities."
"Today we looked over the new writing the student did for her Molly Pitcher piece. She was not done with it yet but made a lot of progress. She told me that her assignment of writing this story would then be used to help her do an oral presentation about Molly Pitcher. We looked at the writing that she had done and talked about what information could be taken out and what some of the confusing spots were. We did an exercise where I would ask her to tell me in one sentence what happened. We then used those sentences to cut down and make some of the confusing parts more concise. She worked to continue the story and really get to the most important part of it. In terms of a realistic fiction story, she is doing wonderfully. She has a natural talent for sensory language and wrote some great descriptive sentences like "the gun fire was so loud my ears rang." I told her she had two pieces of homework. First, she must finish her story with the conclusion, and she is only allowed to use one notebook page to finish it. I also left her with some guiding questions. Second, I gave her a writing prompt and want to see a plan and a rough draft paragraph so that on Monday we can talk about paragraph structure."
"This week we covered poetry. We started with a review of metaphors, similes, and personification, and we looked at some poems that examined these. We went over parts of poems (rhyme schemes, rhythm, and so on), and looked at examples of different types of poems (clerihew, haiku, sonnet, limerick). Finally we practiced writing our own poems. The student did very well with coming up with poems quickly, especially with haiku!"