Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed letter identification and corresponding sounds. He completed a phonics worksheet, identifying pictures that have the initial 'Dd' sound. We played a card sort activity that identifying words that start with Dd and words that did not start with Dd. We also read the letter Cc book and finished the "Cat in the Hat" book, both of which he seemed to enjoy. Lastly, we reviewed the word family 'at' and practiced clapping out the syllables."
"The student and I reviewed the critical thinking questions that I had assigned for homework. We also went over the five paragraph essay that he had completed for Monday. We reviewed his thoughts on the books--which characters he identifies with, which genre he found most interesting, and which time period he liked best. I am having him re-write the five paragraph essay for homework."
"The student and I reviewed the ending of Macbeth and started on her summer reading selection, The Graveyard, by Neil Gaiman. Through the imagery presented in this fantasy novel, she did character analysis and was able to determine genre, tone, theme, and meaning. There was comparison of the antagonist, a man named Jack, and Macbeth, and we compared how one character seemed to be a straightforwardly evil character, while Macbeth had a conscience and struggled with it somewhat. She will read the second chapter for next time, and we will continue analysis of character, imagery, and vocabulary. She continues to progress very nicely."
"The student and I reviewed the essay I had assigned her, and she rewrote quite a bit of it while we edited it together. She is learning how to catch her own mistakes, and uses more voice, while abandoning the fear of writing like she talks. We then moved on to an activity wherein she wrote five to seven simple sentences, and used them as a basis to build more complex sentences, and then finally larger essays."
"The student and I reviewed the essay map that he completed on line of the assigned persuasive writing prompt. We discussed writing an effective introduction, development of main idea and supporting details, and having a hook to draw the attention of the reader. We then looked a a sample ACT sample writing and rubric . We reviewed his introduction and main idea paragraphs and he began to type them. His assignment is to complete the essay by our next session, and we will discuss its strength and weaknesses."
"The student and I reviewed the first set of short answer essays we worked on yesterday, and then we worked on the second set. As was the case yesterday, we reinforced clear reading of the prompt, making sure the response stays on point, and a more thorough reading of source docs in order to find strong and specific support examples. At the end of the session, we looked at the next part of the assignment - two essay topics. We broke down the prompt and outlined the info the student needs to find on closer reading in order to flesh out his outline."