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English Grammar and Syntax Tutoring review by Turner in Newton, MA
During our session we focused on argumentative writing. We chose a topic for the student to write a short essay in which she makes a claim and supports it with evidence and reason. After she finished the essay we talked about the importance of revision and looked at a check list. Often students are asked to revise their work but do not have any idea how to go about doing so. The ideas behind the checklist is a structured step by step process. I put the power in her hands and walked her through a self revision of the paper. For the last part of the session, we prepared for next week by reading a "take a stand article" and highlighted evidence that could support our claim. We discussed the importance of acknowledging alternate arguments. Overall, this was a very productive session.
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English Grammar and Syntax Tutoring review by Emily in Newton, MA
Today the student and I continued work on his essay. We started by looking at the solutions he came up with which was yesterday's homework. We then found quotes to support those solutions. We also worked on quotes for his paragraph on gun law history. As we gathered quotes and sources, I had the student write down which quote he would use for each part of the essay. We also created a folder in his bookmark bar of his laptop to save all the websites he was using in one place. I also was careful to elicit information from him and force him to think about each quote, each placement, and what the instructions from the teacher said. We then went through the quotes and decided what type of quote we would use since his teacher asked for 2 direct, 2 internal, and 2 factual. We discussed the difference between each type of quote and then decided which type to use.
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English Grammar and Syntax Tutoring review by Emily in Newton, MA
The student is working on poetry with her English class today, so she worked on writing a poem she was assigned. She was struggling to write a poem she felt was worth writing. It was supposed to be a copy of an Emily Dickinson poem, written with her own feelings in the same style as the original poet's, but she felt that while Dickinson's poem was deep her own lacked depth. I taught her some of the techniques I learned in my creative writing class and had her write down what she wanted the poem to say in normal sentences, giving it as much depth as she wanted. Then, she could arrange those thoughts into a poem which would have depth. I also explained that poetry is all about specifics. You're communicating not just thoughts but feelings in what is usually a short and concise form, focusing on imagery and the power to make your reader feel something specific. Because of this, I advised her to find a way to make her poem more specific than she had been trying before. Where she had previously put "If I can help others," she was pushed to be more specific and think about how she could portray the idea of helping others. Eventually, the line became more like, "If I can lend an umbrella to someone in the rain," which was a lovely way to express being helpful. I believe we'll be working on a poem next time as well, so I'll continue working with her on this.
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English Grammar and Syntax Tutoring review by Kaycee in Newton, MA
The student was really excited to tell me he got really high grades on his test that we worked on last week! He has a large vocabulary test on Monday. His teacher gave a "four square" assignment for the vocab words. Each word has a box broken into 4 sections. The requirements in the boxes are: definition, sentence example, synonyms and antonyms. He had started working on the vocabulary list and so I quizzed him on the four-squares of the words he already completed. His vocabulary tests are set up with a word bank and then fill in the blank sentences. While he began looking up and writing the definitions of the remaining words on his list, I wrote fill in the blank sentences. When he completed writing the definitions, I had him go through my sentences and see which he could figure out. He did a great job using context clues to fill in the blanks and he referred back to his definitions on those he could not guess. We were both very pleased that he was able to finish the first two squares for every word on his list.
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English Grammar and Syntax Tutoring review by Sari in Newton, MA
We are starting to focus now on persuasive writing. I am having the student write a persuasive/argumentative essay. To begin, we looked at a handout on the process of writing this type of paper. I then showed her lists with many topic options. When she first picked a topic, I modeled the process that she needs to go through when deciding what to write about (does she care about the topic, does she have an argument, will she be able to find evidence to support her arguments?). After, I asked her these and other questions, and she decided to change her topic. Once she selected another topic and we went through the same questioning process, I encouraged her to outline the essay. Her homework is to do research and locate reputable sources to support her argument and bring them to the next session.
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English Grammar and Syntax Tutoring review by Andrea in Newton, MA
The student and I covered conclusions and thesis statement with a mini-lesson on the semicolon. His practice assignment was to revise his thesis statement for the essay he wrote last week and to create a conclusion about Walter White. He learns quickly and improved on his idea formation by writing more specific thesis statements.
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