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Pomona, CA Writing tutoring
At our first session, I used an assessment to assess the student's reading level. The student is currently an independent level 4 and working on moving to a level 5. She is able to decode the majority of the words she sees, however she sometimes selects a word that looks similar to larger compound words. We will be working on chunking larger words into syllables. Additionally, we will work on the student's pacing. Additionally, the student is strong when responding to factual questions. When she is asked inferential and critical thinking questions, the student relies on personal experiences and pictures to answer the questions. We will be working on going back in the story and finding text evidence before answering a question. After I assessed the student, we reviewed her ELA homework. Mom and I discussed breaking the sessions in half so that we work on both math and ELA skills. Next week, I will be bringing a small math assessment to better understand where I can support the student. Additionally, I will bring chapter books on her level to practice with her.
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Pomona, CA Writing tutoring
Today I had assessed the student's reading level again and he was a 6 with 97% accuracy. We continued to review blends and sight words. I left several phonics books so he can read over the break.
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Pomona, CA Writing tutoring
For the first half of the session, we practiced reading and comprehension exercises, then spent the remainder of the session continuing the number lists for the number wheel.
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Pomona, CA Writing tutoring
First, we reviewed the student's response to an argumentative essay prompt, and then she took part of a practice exam. After the exam, we went over the mistakes and discussed the correct answers. We highlighted the types of questions to practice between now and the exam date. She was more successful on part B of the multiple choice section than on part A. Next session, we'll focus on improving her score on part A. Between now and next session, she'll complete a source-based essay, and we'll review it next time.
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Pomona, CA Writing tutoring
For this session, the student had completed a draft of an English essay and wanted some feedback. The essay prompt asked her to argue whether human nature was good or bad using Lord of the Flies and some supplemental articles as support. I first asked her to state in her own words what her argument was. I then asked her what she wanted me to specifically focus on for this session. She noted that she was concerned that she had placed a quote too close to the end of her first paragraph. She also asked for help coming up with a hook. To start, I read through her thesis. Together we worked on making sure that her thesis made the claim she wanted to make -- the one she'd explained to me in the beginning. We then moved on to the first paragraph. I noticed that she had done a great job at supporting her claims with evidence and explanation. Once she presented a statement, she would follow it up with answering the questions of why and how, which was a skill we discussed last session. Noting how successfully she'd done this with her first quote, I pushed her in this direction for her second quote, so we could expand the amount of analysis she presented. She and I then spent the next few minutes brainstorming for her hook. We couldn't land on anything, and this proved to be the most challenging part of the entire session! We decided to come back to it later. Moving onto the second paragraph, she and I identified that this paragraph was much shorter and less detailed than her first, so we worked together to pull out more analysis from the supplementary articles, and really connect their main ideas with both her thesis and the claims she had made about Lord of the Flies in the previous paragraph. Finally, she and I returned to the hook. She was able to think of an idea what the hook should include, and then when I suggested that she should pose the hook in terms of a question, she liked that idea and was able to form a very successful hook!
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Pomona, CA Writing tutoring
We did three lessons. He completed a writing exercise assignment we had started last week designed to help him identify fragments, run-on sentences, and comma splices. We worked on a reading comprehension assignment, and we did a grammar lesson on verbs.
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