Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I focused more closely on allusion today. We read an in depth definition of allusion and a short article about the function of allusion. He seemed to follow along pretty well. We then completed a handout that tested his ability to identify allusions in figures of speech, and he did pretty well. After this, we read Shirley Jackson's short story the "The Lottery," which he stated that he read before but didn't remember much. I told him that, even though there aren't any obvious uses of allusion in this story, we were reading it as an introduction to the first chapter of Suzanne Collins's "The Hunger Games." I asked him if he had any ideas why I might have chosen this, and based on his knowledge of the Hunger Games movies, he guessed that there were similarities between the stories. We did not get to start the Hunger Games today, because we ran out of time. When we finished "The Lottery," we talked about tone and themes briefly. To review the lesson before leaving, I asked him to make up a sentence that used allusion. I told him to write 3 sentences using simile and 3 using allusion before our lesson on Friday, where I plan to focus on the differences and similarities between simile, metaphor and allusion."
"Since the student did not have homework for us to look at together, we each chose random texts from the library shelves, ranging from sci-fi to literary fiction to autobiography to poetry to non-fiction. Random passages from each text provided the background for a practice exercise: 1. examine character development 2. draw connections between the fictional world the author is creating and the world you know 3. notice the verbs and how verb choice impacts the tone and emotional texture of the passage overall 4. identify the author's thesis and paraphrase the important points of the passage 5. what predictions can you make based on this passage? 6. what is the emotional impact of the passage? what hooks you and keeps you interested, if anything?"
"Today we studied some vocabulary. I had the student memorize definitions and then use the words in a sentence. We then discussed the role of music in revolution, which is something he is going over in English class. We then got a head start on the next Latin chapter."