Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent about 20 minutes reviewing his homework - his summary paragraphs of "King of Shadows" were only missing a few details, and his character map was just right. I then had him read Chapter 9 in the book (it was 1.5 pages) while I made some comments in his summary paragraphs. Chapter 9 marked another time change in the book. He's having trouble visualizing the two time changes, so we spent about 15 minutes and drew 2 Globe Theaters and 2 Nats (Nathaniel, the protagonist). I'm hoping that this brings out the differences between the two time spaces within the book to make the rest of it more comprehensive for the student. This activity also helped him look back into the book and get the visual details the author went over. After the coloring exercise, we moved to the final Keats poem I wanted to cover: "To -." We spent about 35 minutes analyzing and looking up words - it wasn't too terribly long, but had some archaic language and a complex theme. I didn't hammer too much on the poem itself, but was more interested in him looking at words, seeing if he could separate them to find the definition, and looking at the forms of each word he didn't know (verb, adverb, etc.). In the last 20 minutes, I brought a more contemporary poem from ee cummings, "i carry your heart." Personally, it's one of my favorites, and with more contemporary vocabulary, the student jumped right in to analyze the reasoning behind some of the punctuation and word choices, as well as a few of the large themes of the poem. He seemed to really enjoy ee cummings, and I've definitely taken note. I want to ease him a little into more contemporary poetry, working to analyze different poems. My end goal is to have him write an essay comparing and contrasting the poems we've gone over in the past few months."
"We reviewed the student's writing assignment that I gave him last week (a 5 paragraph argument paper on MLK's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"). We worked on improving transitions within and between paragraphs. We worked on introduction, including context and attention grabbing "hook". Homework is for the student to finish the conclusion for next week."
"We worked on parallelism today. The student had had trouble with the exercise so we went over all the sentences on the first sheet together, and we did the first exercise on the advanced ex sheet. We then turned to reading and discussing the folktales under "B" which the student had discovered online. He is to work on his essay on folktales for Friday and he is to complete the advanced ex sheet."
"The student read a book aloud, and I worked with her on understanding main idea once she completed the book. We took turns reading the book so she could get a sense for some of the unfamiliar vocabulary. Afterwards, we worked on her spelling words for the week. I read a book with her brother, and got him to read as many full sentences as he was able. We then practiced his sight words for the week."
"The student read a Level G book and scored in the independent level for decoding and comprehension. He was also able to give some personal insight to the story. I had him work on some addition and subtraction problems with and without regrouping. He was able to work independently with very few mistakes. He was on task for most of the session and needed very little refocusing."
"The student read a nonfiction passage about Japan. We defined and discussed the new vocabulary words contained in the passage. Each word was written on a separate piece of paper. The student answered multiple-choice questions about the passage, using evidence from the text. The student completed a writing activity by writing dialogue between two people in a cartoon."