"We used this session both practice writing with correct sentence structure and to edit work.
We started by going over the student's English homework. He had to read and analyze a sonnet from Romeo and Juliet through a set of questions from his teacher. While he comprehended the text and had written down answers, we worked to transform his responses into complete sentences. One strategy we used was to restate the question in the answer.
We then did several activities to help with writing and sentence structure.
1. Both for me to get to know him and to ease him into writing, I had him brainstorm a list of words to describe himself. We then orally crafted these words into sentences, which he wrote down. Next, we briefly touched on paragraph structure to be able to combine the sentences into a brief paragraph.
2. Next, we worked with sentence structure. We reviewed the parts of a sentence, and I gave him a list of both complete and incomplete sentences. After identifying which was which, he turned the fragments into sentences.
3. At this point in the lesson, we began editing for sentence structure, mostly for correct capitalization and punctuation. We started with the sentences in activities one and two. I also had him write a few more sentences about his interests which we worked on.
4. Goal setting. We took some time to talk about strengths and weaknesses, and the goals that he wanted to set for the tutoring sessions. After verbally expressing ideas, he wrote them down. He is strong in reading comprehension, generating ideas, and spelling. I also noticed that he has a well developed vocabulary. He would like to improve his English grade, and to do this has set goals to learn sentence structure and improve his handwriting.
4. Writing practice. He chose a few of his favorite books, and I read passages from them. After each passage, he would summarize what was read, and then write it down on paper. The purpose of this activity was to give him examples of strong sentence structure from authors he enjoys, in order for him to have a model for his own writing. After he wrote his summaries, we took some time to edit, mostly with capitalization and punctuation.
5. We ended with him summarizing strategies we worked with that he could use to improve his writing."