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Portland, OR Literature tutoring
The student and I went over a list of literary elements provided by her instructor. She's in 10th grade pre-AP English. We covered archetypes (settings and characters), and Aristotle's rules for tragedy, including the concepts of recognition, reversal, hamartia, catharsis and hubris. We then talked about different types of characters, such as flat, round, dynamic and antagonists. We continued through the list as far as we could get in the time allowed and will continue later this week.
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Portland, OR Literature tutoring
During Wednesday's session, the student had finished all of his homework, and we were able to dedicate the entire session to working on high school essays and applications. We neared completion of one application, and he wrote very high-quality and reflective content that he will be able to work off of for numerous other applications. We also reviewed the "8th grade high school application survival guide" that his school had provided him with, and I added a couple of extra pieces of insight into the existing survival guide, based on my experience navigating the high school application process and my experience with what admissions officers are generally looking for. I was very impressed with his flexibility, hard work, positive perspective, and effort that he put into these applications, and I look forward to continuing to work with him on these!
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Portland, OR Literature tutoring
The session went well! We spent the entire time talking through an essay the student is writing for Language Arts about the book "The Haven." I pointed out mistakes on his first draft (spelling and grammar mistakes), but I did not correct them for him. Once I pointed out that a word was incorrect, he almost always was able to identify the error immediately. We brainstormed examples for him to use to support his thesis, and I took notes on what he told me to help him organize his thoughts. It's going to be a long process, but I think we're off to a good start!
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Portland, OR Literature tutoring
I helped the student prepare a creative assignment based on his reading of Cyrano de Bergerac. The assignment was to compose a sonnet, so we discussed meter and rhyme scheme, and I helped him organize his ideas to fit them into ideal sonnet form. We then took some time to pre-plan for an in-class exam next week by brainstorming potential questions and answers.
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Portland, OR Literature tutoring
Today we met to discuss the student's research paper for her English class. We have been working on this assignment together for a couple weeks. The paper covers Islamophobia and the terrorist attacks. She had a lot of great reference material and found it hard to delete some of it. She will finishing writing more of it and we will meet again for a last edit before she submits it.
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Portland, OR Literature tutoring
Today the student and I concluded our discussion of Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River." I thought it would be interesting and helpful to him to frame our discussion in terms of well-known critical interpretations of the work. Accordingly, we discussed themes of masculinity, interiority versus exteriority, and avoidance, and the different ways that these themes were present in the work. Although I presented critical interpretations, I also tried to encourage the student to engage critically with the text and figure out whether he agreed or disagreed with the critics. We ended our session by returning again to the idea of effective writing, and how the form of writing is inextricable from its meaning.
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