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PSAT/SAT Prep Course: Critical Reading & Grammar for the NEW Digital Test

Vanessa Roach
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(314)
This course prepares students for the Digital 2024 PSAT/SAT by critical reading & discussion of literature. Students will read complex texts for comprehension, evaluate arguments & evidence, study vocabulary in context, & work on grammar.

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Intermediate - Advanced Level
Students will work to prepare for the Reading section of the SAT, PSAT, and other types of test prep
In my classes (brick and mortar and Outschool), I work with all levels of students (IEP students, general education, and high-ability students). My goal as a teacher is to foster critical thinking and communication skills in order to help your child achieve their goals and become more proficient readers, writers, and critical thinkers. More than that, I encourage students to fall in love with learning. 

-Brick and Mortar Teacher for 7 years (current)
-Outschool Teacher for 3 years (current)
-BS in Education (Reading/English 3-12, Gifted Education 3-12, Special Education 5-12)
-Masters of Arts In English Teaching
-Certification in High Ability/Gifted Learning Strategies
-Certification in Teaching Students with Learning Exceptionalities
-SAT/PSAT Testing Administrator (5 years)
-Harkness Socratic Seminar Trained (Summer of 2023)
-National Writing Project Trained (Summer of 2023)

I am a secondary English teacher with certifications in gifted education and special education. I have been professionally teaching for 7 years and have a masters of arts in English education. I enjoy using socratic and discussion-based learning to help students think deeply about the texts that they read.

I have 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. I am a Secondary English teacher and have an MAE. I also have a plethora of practice resources if you would like more than what is provided in this course.
Homework Offered
Some reading homework may be assigned occasionally. Each week, there will be optional practice assignments given. Students may send them back to me for feedback. The reading assignments (as given) are required.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
Some printed resources may be needed. These will be posted on the outschool page
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
This course is taught in preparation of content that may be encountered on the SAT. The SAT includes the following types of texts that students will be tested on:

-1 literary passage from a work of fiction (typically an excerpt of a book in the literary canon). 
-1 or 2 passages from a U.S. founding document or a text in the Great Global Conversation they inspired. An example of a founding document would be the U.S. Constitution. The Great Global Conversation refers to works from around the world that focus on topics such as freedom, justice, or human dignity. A speech by Nelson Mandela would be an example.  
-1 nonfiction passage from a work of economics, psychology, sociology, or some other social science. 
-2 passages from scientific works that examine foundational concepts and developments in Earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics. 
Various articles, excerpts, and short stories will be assigned. Students will only use the Outschool platform during class. Students will need to access the chat to type some responses.

Optional Assignments may require students to have access to a google doc and log into Khan Academy (with a username and password; emails are not required). This component is optional as well.
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(314)
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
45 min

Completed by 130 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-17
3-18 learners per class

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