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El Monte, CA English tutoring
The student scored a 90 on his Julius Caesar Test. For this current session, we worked on History. He is working on US History (Westward Movement, Expansion, Manifesto Movement, and Technology improvement to 1850). These are the topics that we covered. The student took notes, had a study guide, and I helped him provide more specific information to his notes. In addition, I showed him how to break down the information to study since the assessment will be open ended (essay).
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The student read aloud a chapter from "The Power and the Glory," while I cleared up any immediate issues in understanding. We then had a deeper discussion on the contents of that chapter and how they may relate to themes found throughout the book. I also showed the student how to effectively read for deeper meaning and key elements of the text while eliminating the need for labor-intensive or slow reading, so that the student can efficiently keep up with the reading but not sacrifice understanding.
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This week was the day before the student's spring break and so we had no material from either her English or Writing classes. Instead we worked on ACT prep work, specifically read and response questions and some essay prompts.
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El Monte, CA English tutoring
We covered health and sickness during this lesson. The student learned vocabulary for "headache, stomachache, earache, sore throat, cough, cold and fever," as well as how to respond to the question, "What's wrong?" We used both online flashcards and physical flashcards. She had a great time drawing the pictures for the flashcards. We also incorporated both speaking and writing, by the student both saying and writing the answer to "What's wrong?" for each ailment. She learned quickly and seemed eager to learn the lesson. We completed the lesson by continuing "Inside Out" which she looks forward to at the end of each lesson. At the end of the lesson, her mom told me that thanks to our lessons, the student now looks forward to school each day and is sad they will be returning to Korea so soon.
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Today we went over some more reading comprehension questions for "Thank you, Ma'am." After we finished the questions I went over some definitions with the student. We learned protagonist, and antagonist. She then identified who was the protagonist and antagonist in the story, and she had to prove it with textual evidence. We then practiced tone and mood and she had to find the tone/ mood of the story and prove it with textual evidence. She struggled with tone/ mood so I will go over that with her again with a less complex text. The student remembered the story well. I will try and pull another high interest story to help her become excited about the work and the lessons. I hope that she can become more excited about school. I think that she would benefit with 5 minute "brain breaks" for every 30 minutes that we work. Overall, it was a good session and I am excited to continue working with her.
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El Monte, CA English tutoring
We began the session with reviewing the words from the previous week. We did word building (-tion/-sion) and decoding strategies (chunking, blending). I am concerned with the student's fluency when reading the text aloud. He guesses the words instead of using his strategies. He will be working on vocabulary and nonfiction text in the upcoming week. This week's practice was to review the vocabulary words given from previous week's text.
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