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Kent, WA Phonics tutoring
The student completed a lengthy set of exercises on dangling modifiers and punctuation and we went over this very carefully together. There were still some lingering questions about dangling modifiers--or sentences that lack a clear human agent in them, doing the action--and so we paid attention to this. She expressed a desire to have another "story chapter" to edit and I am writing the story chapter today for her further work. I am so happy to have an enthusiastic student so clearly interested in getting her lessons learned. I will continue to build her editorial judgment and editing skill. My objective is to see the student through to the point that she is a confident editor who can establish sentence boundaries, introduce elegant punctuation, cut excess, maintain emphasis and craft the flow of a document to suit her editorial objectives.
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Kent, WA Phonics tutoring
The student and I worked on her pronunciation, on the future perfect as well, as on her critical reading work. She is progressing well, and I would like to focus the next class on vocabulary.
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Kent, WA Phonics tutoring
In this session, we first began by discussing one of the student's summer reading assignments -- Nancy Farmer's "The House of the Scorpion" -- and talked about the first 5 chapters of the book, which he'd already read. We spoke about the workings of the plot, and I shared with him my view that one of the reasons why things seemed to happen "slowly" in the book -- how it unfolded with a slower pace than he might like -- had to do with the complexity of the world Farmer creates in it. It is a futuristic, almost (but not quite in my opinion) science fiction kind of novel set in the American Southwest a century into the future. As a result, it deals with complex things like immigration, drug trafficking, and ethical issues related to science (cloning) that require a great deal of skill on the part of the author. After discussing that at length, we switched to beginning our work on grammar for the summer. I asked him whether he preferred to tackle it beginning with parts of speech (noun, verb, etc.) or sentence structure, and he preferred to start with parts of speech and then build from there. So, we began with nouns. As we will be meeting twice a week during the Summer, I told him of my idea to have him write a weekly assignment based on a prompt I'd give him -- sometimes a creative writing kind of prompt, other times a more traditional "essay" kind of prompt -- that I would use in conjunction with our work on grammar to help him improve his writing. For the first writing prompt, I asked him to imagine that he, like Matt in House of the Scorpion, was confined to a small house that constituted his whole world, and I asked him to write several paragraphs where he described what he imagined would be outside of the house in the world.
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Kent, WA Phonics tutoring
The student and I read a few books, including "Stone Soup" and "Cinderella." He read the names of colors from the activity book and color-coded the animals, and then we examined the sounds to put words together. After reading, he chose one of the stories to create a sequence-of-events strip to show logical order in a story.
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Kent, WA Phonics tutoring
The student is working on being more fluent in English. We discussed her goals for English and came up with a study program. She practiced speaking about her life and answering everyday questions. We discussed a few cultural questions that she had. She is going to visit the grammar website to review sentence structure to be ready to work on conversations in the past tense. This will be the focus of our next meeting. We will also work on a newspaper article and some medical vocabulary.
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Kent, WA Phonics tutoring
The student and I worked on her comprehension today. She seemed to have missed some key points in the first couple of chapters, so I had her read the questions I had prepared for her and then go back and find the passages that held the answers. She wrote her answers out in order to work on her spelling and writing. We continued work with the sight words and I had her read aloud to me for a short passage. She is doing well with reading aloud, but I would like to see her speed begin to pick up. I will be trying a new strategy to help with her reading speed in our next session. We continued to write out sentences using the sight words that she has struggled with in the past. This strategy seems to be helping her grasp the pronunciation, spelling, and meaning of these words.
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