Monday, December 5, 2011
Final Phase Testing Preparation - Critical Reading And Expository Writing
Song: Heart Of Courage
Group: Two Steps From Hell
Alex hard at work in preparation for the final phase of the
Davidson Academy admissions test (in 11 days).
His mother is also working very hard explaining concepts
and giving him numerous assignments to practice.
The upcoming testing at the academy will be covering some very
advanced critical reasoning and inferencing as drawn from selected
short stories or portions of literature.
The testing, so far as we can gather from some sample questions and passages...
relies heavily upon being able to infer deep meanings and subtleties.
There are questions in some of the examples that delve into, not only possible
states of minds of the author...but of the generalizing of the implied philosophy
of the author or the characters.
My wife has been working many hours a day with Alex on his Critical Reading
and Expository Writing skills.
After he reads and writes about certain passages or stories...
I will discuss them with him.
I will go into the hidden meanings and philosophical implications.
We will later go into his formal essay writing skills.
As his Math, Science and basic English skills are very good...
we are just reviewing them with him.
The main focus of our next 11 days is mostly to hone his critical thinking skills...
as applied to literature and philosophy.
One of his workbooks is an S.A.T. (College Prep) Critical Reading workbook.
He is also brushing up on his S.A.T. vocabulary through one of his apps on his iPad.
These SAT prep workbooks and apps are actually quite a bit easier than the
Academy's testing examples.
We will have to find our own pieces of literature and we'll have to quiz him
on our own to ensure it is up to the much higher standard of the academy.
He has been studying his little heart out...without complaint
(he never really complains about studying...but this is really intensive
as most of the day covers just his critical reading and writing skills).
His critical reading skills have improved quite dramatically over the past
couple of days.
He has been able to infer meanings with greater ease...
and he has been able to tie them to specific examples in the text.
This used to give him some trouble in the past.
My wife has been working wonders with him on this specific area.
As he has relatively little experience in life...
one of our challenges is to have him grasp basic philosophical
and psychological concepts as applied to the characters and to the author.
He will have to understand the reasons for their actions or inactions as applied to
the other characters or even the real reason the story was written in such a manner...
or what hidden meanings apply through metaphors used...etc.
We are just so incredibly happy with Alex.
He is a true Intellectual Warrior.
He prepares for battle with true dedication...
and with... above all...
A Heart Of Courage.