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Pflugerville, TX Essay Editing tutoring
The student and I worked on his outline for his Modern World History thesis paper. He had come up with a thesis he liked during the week, and we sequenced the topics in an outline and found areas of evidence. This will make writing his draft a lot easier!
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Pflugerville, TX Essay Editing tutoring
The student started by telling me that she was assigned a large research project, with the final project due on May 4th. She has chosen to write on Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. We discussed the steps of the project, including the draft thesis the teacher already approved. While she has a draft of her research due first, the next major submission is that she must submit an outline. I referred back to prior lessons about outlining, and we brainstormed a little to help her start to focus her ideas. She hasn't read the novel in about a year, so we agreed that she would have to reread it this weekend. We then moved onto a writing project to emphasize the importance of word choice. We discussed the definition of memoir and synonym, including focusing on the connotation, register, and sound/rhythm of different synonyms as a reason why one word may fit better than another. I then asked her to brainstorm how to draft a six word memoir that would either describe her, an important aspect about her, or an important event in her life. She chose to focus on how (both literally and metaphorically), whenever she falls off a bicycle, she always gets back on. We played with phrasing, looked up synonyms, discussed imagery, and discussed sentence structure as ways to fit her ideas into six words. She was asked to continue this project as homework before our next session, and we would review her upcoming outline assignment the next session as well. She would also try to get her graded assignment back from her teacher, so we could discuss her grade and focus on what had gone wrong.
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Pflugerville, TX Essay Editing tutoring
The student's mom and I spoke over the phone last evening and she was able to send me her first paper to review and edit. I did review it and edit it and hope to share on GoogleDocs. I am waiting for additional information regarding target audience, etc., to continue the editing process. Several revisions were made after receiving multiple phone messages, texts and emails. I was able to help suggest some personality and enthusiasm revisions for the essay. Her mom was excited to have the corrections done as soon as possible as the essay has to be submitted tomorrow morning.
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Pflugerville, TX Essay Editing tutoring
During this session we discussed the beginning of The Kite Runner, which is the book that the student is reading for his independent reading project. He is about a quarter of the way in, and seems to find it interesting. I am curious what he'll think of it when he gets to some of the more graphic parts later on. We also discussed the "poetry slam" he has coming up, as well as his research paper he is about to begin work on. We looked over "The Monkey's Paw" story that I collected from him last time. I tried to talk to him about what level of work might be expected from him moving forward into AP and college-level English classes. We reviewed one question in detail ("what does the chess game at the beginning of the story tell us about Mr. White's character?"), focusing on why the question might have been asked and what insight the answer could give us into the characters and later parts of the story. He seemed to follow what I was saying. We then worked on two persuasive writing prompts: 1) Should we make military service mandatory for all men and women in the US? and 2) Should students be required to wear uniforms to school to decrease school violence, bullying, etc.? We discussed the prompts at length. He tended to begin with a clear opinion on the issue, but I was pleased with how much he seemed to give serious thought to the opposing viewpoint when issues like lower-income schools were brought up as a counterpoint to his own experiences. I left him with a worksheet that requires him to read a short paragraph then underline main points and write a summary. He had difficulty remembering the events of "The Monkey's Paw," and I hope that practice summarizing what he has read will contribute to his reading comprehension and memory. I plan to go over the summary worksheet with him at our next session, as well as bringing further writing prompts and short reading exercises designed to challenge his critical thinking skills.
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Pflugerville, TX Essay Editing tutoring
Today the student completed a writing prompt and did a much better job. She clearly paid attention to the question she was asked and answered it, remarking at one point as she erased a full three sentences of her writing, "I'm beginning to catch my mistakes now. These three sentences started getting off topic and talking about you and me, which is not what the question asked." She also did not ask me how long the response should be or what format it should be in. I noticed this when she began to write and thought she'd give me a short paragraph, since she hadn't been told how long to make it or what format to give it. However, she surprised me! Without having to be asked, she gave me a four paragraph short essay as an answer which included an introduction, a conclusion, and two body paragraphs. She did this in the space of an hour, which is only about fifteen minutes longer than the time she tells me she usually gets in her English class. That's a much improved writing time from her previous ability! Her comma usage has also definitely improved, and her style is improving slowly but surely. Mostly, I was pleased to see her take the initiative and put in the effort without being asked; she knew that I expected good work, and she delivered what I believe is her best work at this point. I'm going to continue in this vein of writing prompts, but since she did so well on this prompt I'm going to be asking a little more of her from now on. She knows this is coming, because I told her today that we would step things up a little and I'd find different things to point out to her as she masters the concepts we're currently working on. I'm extremely excited about her progress and very proud of her! She's also informed me that her class is starting a new book, so I'll be reading that and incorporating it into her writing exercises to help her think about what she's reading before she has to start assignments and chapter tests.
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Pflugerville, TX Essay Editing tutoring
We spent the session working on literature-based essay writing. I gave the student writing prompts based on "The Things They Carried," and he wrote a paragraph for each. I then critiqued his essays, and he rewrote them. We reviewed thesis statements; brainstorming techniques; and crafting clear, focused arguments aided by examples from the text. He did much better staying on topic and using examples as he wrote and rewrote. His structure is improving, but the content of his essays needs to be developed further. We will continue to work on this. He has a positive attitude and worked hard on the tedious assignments I gave him, and he showed solid improvements by the end of the session.
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