Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I had the student work on a writing assignment where she wrote a realistic fiction story from a time period she has learned about in her social studies class. She chose to write about a Pharaoh from Ancient Egypt and how one of the monuments he built was destroyed. We talked about thinking about history and social studies in terms of how people lived and how she can try to imagine what it was like to live in another time period."
"We've begun to address narrative and opinion essays, which are expected to be seen on the exam. The student brought in a narrative essay he had written in just under 25 minutes. It was a strong piece of writing, although we found some room for minor improvement in the areas of plot, transitions and vocabulary. I complimented him for blossoming into a writer. The essay was good and would probably earn a strong 3/4 if scored as a single trait on a 1-4 rating system. He still should work on his vocabulary and will be working on writing a personal essay this week, while looking up words in a thesaurus to add to variety of language. We also should work on sentence structure; adding complexity and variety to his writing though the use of commas and semicolons can help his score in the areas of expression and mechanics! In addition: -He is currently reading "Call of the Wild" by Jack London! This will help with vocabulary and more. -We are working to ensure that his preparation for the exam doesn't take precedence over his academic achievement in elementary school."
"We went over the student's memoir that he wrote for class and worked on fixing grammar mistakes and sentence structure."
"The strategies we used were pre-writing with a graphic organizer, modeling the assignment/activity, looking at and analyzing a model text with linear plot development, and brainstorming ideas for a personal narrative and a imaginative short story. The student was open to all suggestions and ideas. I left the student with some practice activities to help guide her thinking when we meet next week. The student is still struggling with organizing her thoughts and has great ideas to work with. I will be emailing the resources needed for her to practice this week before we meet again."
"The student and I began a new writing prompt. Although he improved in his writing scores, he would like to see more improvement. He will be on vacation for two weeks. During this time I will only see him once a week. During these weekly sessions, I will focus primarily on writing."
"The student and I began by digging into what he's doing in school right now; his English class seems quite ambitious. We then dug into a writing assignment he had due tomorrow - responding to a short story from class. There were two parts to the assignment; we worked through one in great detail so that I could see how his writing process works at the moment, and then we outlined the other."