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This session, we continued our work with prefixes and vocabulary development. I checked the student's knowledge of our new prefixes by reviewing with our flashcards. He received a perfect score. He was to add five new words that included the prefixes he learned. He found five new vocabulary words but only knew the definition of two of them. We utilized the dictionary and practiced skills necessary for locating words. He had a little difficulty using it at first, but with guided practice was able to use it independently. We then moved to a mini lesson that included learning the difference between word parts - prefixes, suffixes, base and root words. This skill will continue to be practiced and used as we continue building vocabulary. We practiced morphological awareness and showed how knowing word parts can help us find meaning in unfamiliar words. I also provided examples where this is not always possible. I introduced three new prefixes un , in, and I'm of the not family. For homework he will make KIM charts to help with making meaning and practice with his flashcards. We then moved to our next vocabulary activity-- identifying word families. The goal of this practice is to help expand his vocabulary and also provide a context for new words. I modeled the word cluster concept and then provided him a word for guided practice. He struggled just a little with the concept, but once he fully understood, he was able to move forward. He has been provided 5 vocabulary words for his word cluster homework.
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Thousand Oaks, CA Writing tutoring
We worked on reading fluency, comprehension skills for essay assignment, including identification of main ideas, irony, parallel structures, key points, and literary devices.
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Thousand Oaks, CA Writing tutoring
We went over themes in Chinua Achebe's "A Man of the People," especially corruption, hypocrisy, morals, Westernization, clothing, etc. I then had the student do a practice short answer essay question. We are working on smart test-taking tips, as she is doing very well on the questions she is answering but is having trouble finishing the entire test. We decided 7 sentences per question was the sweet spot and that she should move on rather than writing a longer answer. In case she has any extra time, she should re-read portions of the book and think about how they relate to the themes we discussed. Also, doing 15-minute short answers is good practice and something we'll be doing on Tuesday.
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Thousand Oaks, CA Writing tutoring
For the first half of my time with the student, I supported her as she wrote a 100-200 topic proposal for her final project. For the second half, I taught her how to use Microsoft OneNote to keep her class materials organized.
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Thousand Oaks, CA Writing tutoring
In this session I worked on mapping out essays with Student A and building compound sentences with Student B. I broke down building compound sentences with Student B by focusing on the conjunctions, and, but, and or. I gave him three sample sentences and asked him to choose the conjunction that was the most appropriate for the sentence. We were able to do three individual exercises and by the time we go to the third exercise, His revisions were minimal. The focus for Student A was really review because we'd worked extensively on essay building this summer but moving forward we need to ensure that she has a more formal tone in her writing and that she utilizes all her resources when pre-writing.
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Thousand Oaks, CA Writing tutoring
We went over a reading assignment, discussing main topic, inferences, finding supporting evidence in the text, and metaphors and similes. The student did very well. We also went over his social studies reading and selected three good facts.
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