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Buckeye, AZ Reading tutoring
At this session, the student summarized what she had read in chapters 4 and 5 of The Hunger Games. We then proceeded to focus on the beginning of chapter 4, in which Katniss has a flashback to her childhood, when seeing a dandelion reminded her that she could forage for food and support her family. After reading a long passage, it became apparent that she had not fully understood the section, so we went back and discussed it paragraph by paragraph, including the change to past tense, and the use of the dandelion as a symbol. She, after some discussion, proposed that the dandelion, in this book, is a symbol of hope. Developing this deeper understanding of the novel - and the more advanced literary technique of symbolism - will help the student's comprehension as a whole. This session helped me understand that, while she is a very fluent reader, she sometimes does not comprehend all of what she is reading so fluently - especially more advanced techniques such as flashbacks and symbolism. We will work on understanding these together.
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Buckeye, AZ Reading tutoring
I started with a basic assessment of the student's reading and spelling proficiency to set a baseline. His reading has shown improvement. Future sessions will focus on recognizing phonemes based on aural and lingual texture. His confidence continues to rise, and I have plenty of confidence in his ability as well. We read through a decodable reader book and covered a sizeable number of stories (his speed has improved SO much!). He does however, take random guesses at unfamiliar words instead of attempting to figure them out, and this has been addressed. Overall his progress is satisfactory and I foresee no major issues. His reading and writing will be of main focus as this is far more important than the rogue ability to spell. Though spelling will not be neglected.
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Buckeye, AZ Reading tutoring
After the groundwork we laid last week, I think the student had a little bit better of an idea of what expect in terms of our schedule. We briefly took a look at the "Quote Essay" from the previous week that he had handed in and was in the process of being graded by his teacher. He had mentioned that he had missed a few days of school the previous week following our session, and the teacher had helped him complete the assignment. In lieu of grading and examining his work through the lens of the state assessment, I was looking more for his ability to actively implement what we had worked on the previous week into his progression through the assignment. The strategies we had worked on such as self-inquiry, partner sentences and using anecdotal evidence were apparent in his writing and it was a definite reflection of active thinking during his writing. After he took a look at his assignment, he did mention that he could have been more detailed, and since this is something he continues to work on it will be an area of focus for us in the future. He has started to read the historical account novel "Night," that is based on the experiences of a survivor of concentration camps during WWII. The class continues to use the "Read Aloud/Along" method for making their way through their reading selections. This type of reading does not allow for active engagement through the use of inquiry/ reflection/ note taking strategies that would improve his reading comprehension and ability to synthesize the information properly. We continued from Pg. 7 where his class had left off, and we used the same graphic organizer method from the week before to read ahead of his class a bit. It is clear to me that no methodology has been developed or given to the student on how to properly document his thoughts or notes on the action within a reading piece. It is critical this skill be refined, as the state assessment and assignments in high school are predicated on active synthesis of literature on short and long writing assignments. During this exercise, he showed the ability to document any words, locations or phrases that were foreign to him and use context clues in order to make a "best guess" as to what they meant. Especially for historically based novels, it is vital that students have the proper historical context to understand the action taking place. His self-guided reading continues to improve as he could use the action in the story to predict what may happen next, and how characters would feel as a result. Overall, I think that it would be of great benefit if the student simply starts implementing these strategies during reading exercises in school and if note taking is not permitted during that time...to read ahead a bit each night to prepare for the next days lesson.
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Buckeye, AZ Reading tutoring
The student did an excellent job today! His reading times were much more consistent, and he is well on his way to meeting his goal. He read between 84-104 WPM today. Though it is still somewhat inconsistent, he is showing a lot of improvement. I made him a chart so he could visualize the inconsistency of his reading times, which really helped. He is becoming a much more confident and independent reader.
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Buckeye, AZ Reading tutoring
Today we reviewed noun clauses. I administered a test on independent and dependent clauses and reviewed the essay writing assigned from our previous lesson. This was my first opportunity to see the student's skill level in writing. After examining his writing, we will focus on teaching the writing process. He needs support in organizing his thoughts and developing main ideas and details in each paragraph. We discussed types of essay writing and he was assigned an persuasive essay prompt. We also reviewed how to develop a topic sentence using a good hook. We will continue to focus on this for our next session.
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Buckeye, AZ Reading tutoring
The student completed several new sections about pronouns on the online program. He read two sections from the children's news magazine program. He began writing a composition. We reviewed his math homework. We also read together from the book Captain Courageous.
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