Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Date: 09/13 Objectives: Understand student strengths and weaknesses in writing. Understand and practice writing detailed complete paragraphs. Set a goal for tutoring sessions. Materials: Destinations Book- Writing Paragraphs Graphic organizer handout/copies Writing Survey Lesson: Review: What makes a good writer/piece of writing? The steps of the writing process. Parts of a paragraph. Overview: Writing good topic sentences. Writing complete paragraphs. Writing good supporting details. Using transition words and phrases. Do: Use graphic organizer to plan a good paragraph. Get feedback. Write a diagnostic sample paragraph using a given prompt. Revise and edit based on feedback. Use graphic organizer to plan a good paragraph based on summer reading. Write paragraph, review and edit based on feedback. Review: What makes a good paragraph? Assessment: Assess second paragraph sample based on what was learned. Homework: Write two more body paragraphs using the prompt from today's lesson."
"The student and I worked on polishing a paragraph she wrote last night for her English class. The student did a great job with a rough draft of the paragraph, but I am glad her teacher decided to give them an extra few days to work on it. She's improved significantly as far as organizing her ideas and getting them all out, and now she just needs to allocate her time so that she has time to go back and polish. This was a great exercise for her, and she said it was really helpful and informative to go sentence by sentence and see how she can improve her writing to make it more sophisticated. We used some techniques we've discussed in the past, such as making a passive sentence active, and some we have not, such as arranging a sentence so that the dependent clause is first, rather than last, to vary the sentence structure. She missed a few commas, but once I told her there should be a comma in a sentence, she was able to go back and find the right spot. I think she's in a great place now, and the more work like this we do, the better she will get. She appeared much less overwhelmed this week with her school work, which is great."
"In today's lesson, the student completed his English (language arts) homework. First, he had to identify whether 20 sentences were fragments, run-ons or grammatically correct. He understood the concepts quite well and got almost all of them correct on the first guess. I then helped him proofread his long paragraph analysis of the graphic novel, "American Born Chinese." I pointed out some minor grammatical and punctuation mistakes. He then started writing a short story, and I gave him suggestions before I left the session."