With the advent of Common Core, writing has become a crucial part of all subjects. Students must explain their reasoning and how they come up with solutions in math, write multiple paragraph essays in history and write complex lab reports and evidence based paragraphs in science. One of the most important parts of writing include prewriting and editing. Both of which students hate to do. They often just want to start writing and end writing when they finish the physical act of writing. However, prewriting or brainstorming can greatly improve students’ ability to organize information in their writing. In addition, the editing checklist can offer an organized way for students to check all aspects of their writing and revise it before turning it in. Editing checklists cover grammar, organization, paragraph structure, and word choice. So before child yells out “I’m done!!” Make sure you take advantage of the resources below.
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If you want a great summer reading comprehension resource for middle school students with Common Core math, science and writing links, check out the below link:
Topics range from a variety of issues including but not limited to the below. In addition, you can have your child choose a side on an issue and write a persuasive essay. Our tutors are also available for writing tutoring over the summer.
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If the implementation of the Common Core Standards has caused your child/teen to struggle, you are not alone. A recent article by Stedman Graham in the Huffington Post found that in terms of critical problem solving skills, American students ranked 27th out of 34 nations. Although this information is good to know, it is not as bad as it sounds. Critical thinking ability can be TAUGHT.
Improving reading and writing comprehension is the key. Some factors that influence reading comprehension include environmental distractions, limited vocabulary, lack of interest, and prior knowledge. Writing is also very important when it comes to critical thinking as students have to be able to respond to texts in a well-organized way and also interpret the prompt. Common Core tests require students to use evidence from the text, but also include their own analysis. For many students this can be challenging.
The brain can be trained to analyze, absorb, digest and respond to all sorts of information and this is where tutoring can be very helpful, especially as many of our tutors are English teachers and/or English Major Graduates. We can help your teen/child learn strategies to integrate reading and writing into a relevant, real world environment. Individualized attention where the tutor breaks down the writing process into annotating, teaching prewriting strategies using graphic organizers, paragraph organization, quote analysis, and editing can help build a confident reader and writer.
Writing is one of the most important skills a student can master, not only for their academic careers, but also for their business and person lives. One of the most common client needs is essay writing. I have developed an essay formula that is pretty simple to follow, and I can help your child/teen use this so they can develop more confidence in their writing! In addition, they will feel more comfortable and less stressed once they realize that writing an essay follows a common structure that they can master. It is not a puzzle or mystery:)! Here is a sample of the beginning of the formula. If you would like more information, please contact me through our website’s contact form.
1) Hook- 1-2 sentences
2) Background/Summary (if there is a novel, include the title and author’s name) 3-4 sentences
3) Thesis (the most important part:)!!! -1 -2 sentences
Body Paragraphs- Paragraph 2-4
1) Introduction Sentence (tied to thesis)- 1 sentence
2) Lead in to quote- 1-2 sentences
4) Explain the importance of quote and how it proves your thesis- 1-3 sentences
*****The formula posted above is incomplete, but I can give you a copy of the complete version and teach your child/teen how to use it!