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In today's session, we wrapped up Beowulf and started Macbeth. The student read through all the required readings for Macbeth and finished the majority of the assignments. Today we primarily focused on finding lines in the texts to support any arguments she makes in the short-response questions/essays. We went over the five essential elements of any story (background information, buildup, conflict, post-conflict, and resolution) and discussed them in terms of Macbeth. We also worked on grammar throughout the session. I asked her to begin reading the upcoming history readings in between sessions.
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The student worked on the works cited page for her paper on Macbeth. She found the rest of her secondary sources and formatted the works cited page correctly. I gave her a citing resource to use for future papers. Next session, we will work on her paper.
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Today was all about logistics, setting up a schedule, and making plans for how the student and I would share information about his classes through school and through the online course he is taking. He missed school due to absence, and is just now completing all the work he needed to catch up with, so he believes that moving forward he will not be as busy as before. However, this meant that he was not able to complete all of the readings for his British Lit class, so he may need to go over those readings later in preparation for final exams at the end of the semester. With that goal in mind, I asked him to look over one of the poems from his last unit that he didn't get to read and prepare questions and a summary for us to review next session. His grandmother reported that his English teacher had said he has some very specific points to work on for writing, grammar, and mechanics, which we are going to find out and work on in conjunction with his research term paper coming up.
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We looked over the student's project, I asked her questions about her design, and we did some vocabulary study. She also asked me to create a castle design of my own, and while I was in the process of doing that she pointed out a couple of things I should correct based on what she had researched on castle layouts. She seems to have learned a fair amount of new information she hadn't known previously about castles. For Monday, we're returning to our reading and discussing routine.
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Torrance, CA English tutoring
The student and I began by doing some spelling work. She continues to struggle with a few of the words, such as himself and index, but she is able to fix her mistakes on the second attempt whereas in the past she has needed multiple attempts to fix the spelling. Afterwards, we did some speed reading rounds with words using the spelling patterns we've worked on all summer and she read 43 of the 50 words correctly on the first try! Then we practiced reading words with ea, focusing on the long E and the short e sounds. We were able to build in some vocabulary practice to this session as well (zeal, dread, etc.). Finally, we read a substantial amount from Freckle Juice. She has been great throughout our sessions and is making the most of our last days together!
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Torrance, CA English tutoring
Our session was a continuation of work on writing summaries from selected readings. We began by reviewing the work assigned from our previous meeting. The student identified several themes from each passage. We did further review focused on drawing general principles from specific examples in an essay and methods for identifying main points. The second portion of the session was devoted to a new reading, in which the student identified several new vocabulary words, showing initiative. Work assigned for the next session included answering questions for the new reading and looking up several vocabulary words, including one of the student's own choosing.
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