Bite-Sized Book Club for Busy Teens: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Let’s face it. Our lives are super busy! There’s a giant stack of books to read, but it seems overwhelming just to get started. Let’s take one small bite out of a book at a time and get together in quick meetings perfect for busy schedules!
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over 5 weeks


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per learner - per class

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will build their reading stamina and comprehension, make time for reading in their busy schedules, discuss the books in a small group, and conquer a classic!
***About Becky Zerr***
Teaching--especially in English, writing, and language arts--is a true passion of mine. I graduated Cum Laude from Kansas State University in 2010 with a Secondary Education degree in English and Journalism, and then went on to teach in the public schools before setting off on my own as an online teacher and tutor.

My philosophy of education is to make it as fun, personalized, and as interactive as possible for the kids. I always try to even out my direct instruction/lecture time with plenty of opportunities for students to practice these new skills, take polls, play review games, and collaborate with peers.

I am happily married to my husband Brad, and we have two beautiful daughters, Sophia and Elise. We currently reside in Kansas in a small town, and we love the small town life.

Oh, and Zerr is pronounced "Zarr," so it rhymes with "car." ;)

***About Monica Winkler***
Intro Video: https://youtu.be/ibCsUt6Rs-U
Sample Teaching Video: https://youtu.be/eUpM1wB5MYU
Hi there! I'm Monica and I teach reading, vocabulary, and writing classes. I recently finished graduate school in linguistics. I grew up speaking English, Spanish, and Swiss German at home, so I've been surrounded by several languages from a young age. Whether I am studying the history of a word, or what language can tell us about its speakers, I am endlessly curious about language. I have experience teaching linguistics courses at the university level, as well as teaching writing, reading, and English as a second language online. I'm so excited to share my passion for language and to learn with and from my students!
My teaching philosophy is that every student comes into the classroom with knowledge. It's my job, as a teacher, to leverage what they already know to help them achieve their goals.
Outside of the classroom, you can find me at the beach, or out in nature. I love to spend my free time reading, writing, and with my friends and family. Oh, and playing with my cat, Biscuit!
I'm looking forward to seeing you in class!

***About Sara Brinkley***
Intro and Sample Teaching Video: https://youtu.be/_hrvIU5Tq9c
Hi, my name is Sara. I am very passionate about helping children achieve success. I have a Bachelor of Arts in The Foundations of Counseling Psychology and a certificate in Literacy Tutoring through the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.
I am a certified preschool teacher and I have a 160-hour TEFL.  In the past 7 years I have worked with preschool age children all the way through high school. I have worked as a lead preschool teacher, substitute teacher for all grade levels and an educational therapy assistant working with students with severe needs.
I have also taught ESL online for 3 years and have been an online reading tutor for 1 year.
I enjoy family trips to the beach with my husband and two sons. I also enjoy reading, boating, and taking our two dogs to the dog park.
I look forward to learning about your child and helping them achieve their learning goals. See you in the classroom!

***About Donna McElheny***
Intro and Sample Teaching Video: https://youtu.be/0dW6Dd4n02g
Hello! My name is Donna (students often call me Teacher Donna) and I am so excited to meet you!
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Education with a concentration in English, an active teaching certificate, and am currently in the process of working on my Master's Degree as a Reading Specialist.
I teach English Language Arts with New Horizons Academy and stay home with my own four young kiddos. My kids (ages 10, 8, 6, and 3) keep me on my toes and help me to come up with new and fun lessons to bring into the classroom for your own little learners.
I love teaching children of all ages and am looking forward to becoming your child's teacher.
My personal teaching philosophy is "We are Lifelong Learners!" I want to foster a love of learning in my classroom through engaging, fun, and creative lessons.  I hope to see you in my classroom very soon!

At New Horizons Academy, we understand how difficult setting your family's schedule can be, juggling everyone's activities and classes. To honor that time commitment, we are proud to be able to offer another of our organization's Outschool-approved and trained teachers (Mrs. Becky, Teacher Sara, Ms. Monica, or Teacher Donna) in the rare occurrence of teacher illnesses or urgent personal events. This will allow you to keep your schedule in-tact as much as possible and keep the learning going!
>>>Please read Chapter 1 before our first class.<<<

Before each class, students will need to read one chapter of Animal Farm by George Orwell. 

In the chart below, I have approximate chapter length by page count, and reading time based on a reading speed of 170 words per minute. 

Curious how fast you read? Check out this free words per minute test here! https://www.readinglength.com/wpm/tpodg  

*Approximate page counts below are from the Signet Classic paperback version.

Chapter 1: 11.5 pages (approx. 18 min)
Chapter 2: 11.5 pages (approx. 18 min)
Chapter 3: 9.75 pages (approx. 15.4 min)
Chapter 4: 7.75 pages (approx. 12.24 min)
Chapter 5: 13.5 pages (approx. 21.32 min)
Chapter 6: 12.25 pages (approx. 19.3 min)
Chapter 7: 16.25 pages (approx. 25.65 min)
Chapter 8: 18.5 pages (approx. 29.2 min)
Chapter 9: 15.5 pages (approx. 24.5 min)
Chapter 10: 14.75 pages (approx. 23.3 min)
Learners will need to have a copy of Animal Farm by George Orwell. Check your local library or ebooks. 
Before our first class, please read Chapter 1 of Animal Farm by George Orwell.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students will be assessed informally through discussions and games. 
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
**Before our first class, please have your learner read Chapter 1 of Animal Farm by George Orwell.**
External Resources: 
Book clubs will be hosted in Nearpod for opinion polls, discussion boards, and games. 
Word Per Minute Calculator:
This resource is provided just so your learner can determine their approximate reading speed to compare with the approximate reading assignment times, which are based on 170 wpm.

Common Sense Media Review:
“Parents need to know that Animal Farm is a biting satire of totalitarianism, written in the wake of World War II and published amid the rise of Soviet Russia. Although it tells a fairly simple story of barnyard animals trying to manage themselves after rebelling against their masters, the novel demonstrates how easily good intentions can be subverted into tyranny.”
Animal Farm by George Orwell

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New Horizons Academy
Lives in the United States
Experienced and caring teachers to help your learner reach their dreams. * Owner & Curriculum Creator Becky Zerr * Teacher Sara Brinkley * Teacher Donna McElheny * Teacher Monica Winkler *
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***About Becky Zerr***
Teaching--especially in English, writing, and language arts--is a true passion of mine. I graduated Cum Laude from Kansas State University in 2010 with a Secondary Education degree in English and Journalism, and then went on... 
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