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SAT & ACT Book Club: Discuss Novels from the SAT & ACT Recommended Reading Lists

Every two weeks, we will get together to discuss our book that is on the SAT & ACT recommended reading lists. These books are usually classics, as the exams often choose works in the public domain or that discuss major US and world ideas. You’ll only be charged $14 every two weeks, not every week.
New Horizons Academy - SAT & ACT Prep - ELA
229 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 9 learners
Class
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
13-17
year olds
3-6
learners per class
per learner

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Taught by:
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Description

Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will gain exposure to a wide variety of important ideas and viewpoints, as well as elevated writing styles. Many of the passages selected for the SAT and ACT are either pivotal cultural works and/or in the public domain, meaning they are written with an older, more eloquent writing style that can seem daunting until you gain more exposure to it.
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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." 😉

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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! 😊

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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! ✨

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Hi! My name is Brittney. I received my Associates Degree in Elementary Education and my Bachelors Degree in English. I love working with kids and have experience with all ages. 

I am a wife and mother of four, ages 9, 6, 4, and 1, and the oldest of eight. I have been both a nanny and babysitter as well. Through my past employment and own kids, have gained experience with children with speech delays, autism, and ADHD. I have also worked as a classroom volunteer and ESL instructor. 

I love reading and writing and am a total bookworm. I also love dogs and cooking. My kitchen and my reading chair are my happy places! 

My teaching philosophy is that every child is different and my job is to make sure to embrace those differences to make the education experience the best for all the children. I also want to make sure I do my best to foster a love of reading in my students because, "if you can read, you can do anything!"

Qualifications:
-Associates in Elementary Education
-Bachelors in English
-Former ESL instructor
-Experience with all ages

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Hi! My name is Rebecca and I'm from South Carolina in the USA. I've been teaching for over 9 years, both in the classroom and online. 

I graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. This background helps me to relate to students from all walks of life. I earned my ESL teaching certification from Oxford Seminars in 2013.  

I have taught English in New York City, Nicaragua, and Thailand as a US Peace Corps teacher.  I've also taught students online from countries like China, Japan, and all over Central and South America. I speak conversational Thai and Spanish. 

In addition to teaching English, I also teach dance! I enjoy cooking, being active outdoors, and making crafts.

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Qualifications:
- BS College of Charleston
- 100 Hour TEFL/ TESL/ TESOL Certification - Oxford Seminars
- 9 years of experience
Students will have two weeks to read the book club novel in preparation for our every-other-week book club meetings.
Students will need to obtain a copy of the books read for class. Many of these works are in the public domain, so they can be found for free online, and all should be available in the public library system. Discussion Schedule Week of April 3: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen Week of April 17: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Week of May 1: Animal Farm by George Orwell Week of May 15: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Week of May 29: The Awakening by Kate Chopin Week of June 12: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Week of June 26: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte Week of July 10: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Week of July 24: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Week of August 7: 1984 by George Orwell Week of August 21: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Week of September 4: Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson Week of September 18: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas Week of October 2: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka Week of October 16: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë Week of October 30: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Week of November 13: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Please visit www.commonsensemedia.org to see a full parental guidance review for each book in our club. 
Most ongoing classes meet weekly and charge weekly, but with this class, we will meet every other week to give students more time to read each book. As such, you will only be charged for the weeks we have our live Zoom meetings, though the Outschool classroom will always be open for a discussion post between classes!
Every two weeks, we will be reading a new book. Please see the list in the class description. 

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New Horizons Academy - SAT & ACT Prep - ELA
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Lives in the United States
Specializing in SAT Prep, ACT Prep, Middle School English Language Arts, Preschool Literacy, and Book Clubs
229 total reviews
367 completed classes

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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... 
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