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Advanced Vocabulary/Etymology & Critical Reading for the Digital PSAT/SAT/ACT

Vanessa Roach
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(320)
A combination of reading and vocabulary and reading for SAT prep! A challenging curriculum study of vocabulary & reading to prepare for the SAT/PSAT/ACT.

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Intermediate - Advanced Level
This class is taught in English.
By learning root words each week, learners have the potential to increase their vocabulary incredibly quickly. Each root is taught alongside 3-4 words that include that root. Many of these root words are also rooted in the romance languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian), used in medicine/science, history, and even math! The course also looks at nuances, shades of meaning, context, and other vocabulary strategies.

Focus is also on critical reading (preparing students to read and think in a critical manner). To do so, students will read texts that challenge them. We will discuss texts in class as well as look at sample test prep questions on classic and nonfiction texts.
I am a certified secondary public school teacher of 7 years. I specialize in working with students with different learning needs at my school (gifted and special education). I have a bachelor of science degree in English Teaching (minors in special education, gifted education, and psychology). I have a MAE in English. I love teaching vocabulary and reading.

I have also taken 2 workshops in the Spring of 2022 (including the Indiana GEAR Up SAT professional development workshop) that cover ways to prepare students for the SAT and PSAT. I also tutor students in preparing for the SAT and teach high school English, including a SAT prep course. I am a SAT testing coordinator and administrator at my school. 
Homework Offered
I recommend that students spend 30-45 minutes per week on assignments. Homework will be required each week.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Each week students have a vocab test that is graded by the teacher.
Grades Offered
Tests are graded. I provide grades for every test and keep track of student grades. If parents want to use this class for credit, I can send grades. I am a certified English educator, but some states have different requirements, so parents should make sure that the class fulfills all of the requirements.
I have experience with learners with learning disabilities and neurodivergence. I do not "cold call" on students. Cameras must briefly be turned on for me to verify identity. Students may communicate via chat or by raising their hand.
Ideally, students should be reading and working at an 8th grade or higher reading level. Do note that the SAT reading is at the typical high-school level and utilizes dense nonfiction and classic literature.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The student will use some 3rd party apps including Quizlet (posted with their words on the classroom page), Blooket (in-class to review words), Gimkit (in-class to review words), and Google docs (to take quizzes after class)
The student will use some 3rd party apps including Quizlet (posted with their words on the classroom page), Blooket (in-class to review words), Gimkit (in-class to review words), Google Classroom, and Google Docs (to take quizzes)

Star Educator
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(320)
Thank you for visiting my Outschool profile! Since I was 5 years-old, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Now, 7 years in my career, I still love it. There is nothing that I enjoy more than helping my students reach their goals and become better... 
Group Class


1x per week
75 min

Completed by 13 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-17
3-10 learners per class

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