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Kent, WA Writing tutoring
In our session, I helped the student prepare for his English final. The final exam is an in-class essay in which students must refer to Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees and one other text from the course in their response to the prompt: What does a person need to lead a life of dignity, gain a sense of achievement, and fulfill their potential? The essay must be four paragraphs in length and include four quotes from the texts. The instructor also provided a list of six themes from which students are to choose three to address in the body paragraphs of their essays. He had already selected three themes to address, drafted a thesis statement, and created a brief outline when I arrived for our session. He selected the themes of a nurturing parent, confidence, and a sense of belonging to address in his final exam essay. After giving me a brief synopsis of The Bean Trees, he and I discussed his themes in light of the essay prompt and he found quotes from the text to support his ideas. I gave very little direction in this session as he already knew what to do to prepare for his final. He has developed good habits in his writing over the course of this year. He develops a structure first, identifies key ideas to address in the body paragraphs, and then writes his thesis statement and conclusion. His ability to draw connections between ideas in literature and support those ideas with the text has improved tremendously. I have enjoyed working with him and will miss discussing and analyzing books with him.
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Kent, WA Writing tutoring
We went over the student's newsletters and discussed ways that they could be improved. We rewrote the introduction of one of them. We also went over a few irregular verbs.
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Kent, WA Writing tutoring
During this session, the student told me that she wanted help writing the speech she will be giving at 5th grade promotion. I read through what she had written so far, which was a good start, and suggested she write in the 1st person instead of the 2nd ("teachers that helped me" instead of "teachers that always help you") to make her speech more personal, and we talked about the difference between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd (he/she/they) person. To continue, I noticed she had talked about her "journey" through elementary school, so I asked her about important parts of her journey. She listed projects she had completed in each grade, and I encouraged her, instead of just naming facts she had learned ("the dinosaur I learned about had a long neck") to talk about a skill, a "life lesson" or something that had developed her character. As she recalled funny or personal memories, I encouraged her to write them down, and then she edited her work. She is already very good at editing, and I made one last suggestion that she re-order her paragraphs to help take her audience on a "journey" before we ended our session. Next week, we will return to The Name of This Book is Secret.
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Kent, WA Writing tutoring
The student worked on his ambitions and life goals essay for his Eagle Scout award. We spent time discussing his strengths, likes, and dislikes. I explained the zone of genius concept and looked up some explanations and samples online. He drafted his essay by the end of our session.
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Kent, WA Writing tutoring
We practiced Extended-Constructed Responses for the assessment exam. We discussed formatting, how to write a strong response, and understanding the rubric that will be used to grade the response. The student's ability to make inferences, use appropriate evidence, and elaborate on what the question is asking exemplifies what graders are looking for in an extended response. I'm confident she'll do well on this portion of the exam and others.
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Kent, WA Writing tutoring
The student and I worked on developing strategies for articulating his career goals and talked about best practices for engaging with and maintaining networks in his field. Naturally, he is feeling a lot of pressure throughout this process, so we also discussed how to take smaller steps and focus on action items. I left him with a list of accessible action items to complete this week, including writing an elevator speech. Next week, I hope to continue our dialogue about building and maintaining networks and start focusing on how to conduct informational interviews and create compelling cover letters.
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