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Again we started by playing an inference game. He had more difficulty with these, potentially because they are, in fact, harder. It took a while for him to correctly guess the answer based on the short text and significant hinting and reformulating from me. After the game, I drew up a graphic organizer for the story elements of his book: setting, characters, and plot. The student had similar difficulties in filling out the chart. Reading each page, I asked a few comprehension questions. The struggle for the student was similar to the inference game. We switched to using his tablet to write the plot summary. I was hoping that he do as well at summarizing the novel as he did yesterday, but he had much more difficulty. I gave him lots of praise and encouragement for each relevant phrase and sentence, and he eventually started writing more fluently as we finished. We will pick up with the summary tomorrow and start graphically organizing a character analysis after that.
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Shoreline, WA English tutoring
I spent one hour with Student 1 and one hour with Student 2. I began with Student 2, and he and I began working on an online study source. I set his beginning reading level at 4, because I believe that the texts themselves at this site are a bit higher level than the number indicates. We discussed our purpose for reading, and I reminded him of the importance of previewing the text and illustrations, along with reading the sentences ahead of time so that , while reading, many of the answers will naturally present themselves. We did the first text entirely together as a model, where I had him read out loud the questions and possible answers first, and then we took turns reading paragraphs in the text. The first text was fiction, in the form of a diary, so we discussed the point of view and the differences between first and third person. I was impressed that the student took it upon himself to take notes as he was reading, based on what he remembered the questions were about. There were a few questions where I actually disagreed with what the program said was the right answer, so that led to a brief discussion of how sometimes questions are poorly written or confusing in nature, and therefore it's important to make sure your final answer choice is based directly on the information that the text provides. The student completed a story on his own at the end of the session, and scored a 88%. Student 1 and I also worked on the online study source, starting at a level 2. The first text presented was a poem, which led to a discussion of poetry format vs. narrative writing format (stanza vs. paragraph, indentations vs. spacing, etc.). Student 1 did not know that poems were usually organized in stanzas, so we spent some time with that word/concept. The poem was in free verse, and focused on the water cycle in its simplest form. Student 1 was quite capable when in came to choosing the correct answer for questions that were directly text based, but really struggles with making simple inferences and conclusions based on textual information. I adjusted the program so that his independent work will be at this level. I asked that both the boys complete two stories/question sets before our next session.
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Shoreline, WA English tutoring
We worked on practicing spelling words, reading comprehension and antonyms. We also worked on reading context, multiple meanings of words, sentence structure and figurative language. The student is doing well and has great motivation to try new concepts.
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Shoreline, WA English tutoring
Student 1 and I worked on vocabulary and spelling games. We briefly read from Lunch Money. Student 2 and I played a similar version of our spelling games, working on formulating words with varying available letters. We read from Kavik with our remaining time. Student 3 and I worked on letter sounds and vocabulary.
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Shoreline, WA English tutoring
The student and I went over a brief worksheet that I found online about argumentative essays. I then had her write an essay about summer vacation, and we read an example essay and pointed out good and bad things about the example essay. We also went over a literary analysis on The Giver that she wrote for class.
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Shoreline, WA English tutoring
Today, the student and I finished putting in all of his research and arguments into his thesis organizer. He does well once he's established his pace. I know he will be able complete his work successfully.
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