Tutoring English sentence structure to young children in grades one through seven calls for, not only tutoring the appropriate grammatical rules, but also requires teaching students how to create simple English sentences through the use of mental images.
As a result of lack of practice, young pupils are not able to clearly create sentences in a rational order that will explain a thought or story. If the thoughts are cloudy, the writing will also be incomprehensible. Listen to the average young pupil verbally describe what they just read, for example. They often skip the vital parts of the story and use incorrect sequencing. If you had one average young student read a story and illustrated that story to another average student, you would have a totally different story or one that’s degraded.
Tutoring Students To Think With Graphic Images
The best way to help pupils become organized in their thought process is to have them think in visual images rather than words. Thinking in terms of a complex mix of words, phrases, and sentences to describe a thought is much more confusing than thinking in terms of one image. Like the saying goes, “One image is worth a thousand words.” At such an early stage in their cognitive advancement, it’s more difficult for children to think in terms of language than in visual pictures.
The idea is to tutor using simple images. For example, when a student is describing the physical appearance of one of the characters in a story, it’s best to begin with a simple image of that character as opposed to a perplexing one of many features. That feature may simply be the sex of the character, for example. Therefore, have the pupil develop an image in his or her mind of a boy or a girl, or a man or a woman. Then simply add features to the image as they become known to the student as he or she reads the story. Each time a new feature is made known, the feature is added to the image.
Once the image is complete and the student is able to clearly see that image in his or her mind, the next process for Tutoring English is to put the image of the story’s character into words that cohere. To do this, the student must choose one or two attributes of the character and then write a sentence to describe those attributes. The remainder of the sentences are basically describing the additional features of the character that the student has visualized. Once the description is complete, have the student compare his or her written description with that of the image created in his or her mind.