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SAT & ACT Reading List: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Literature Circle Book Club

Class
New Horizons Academy - SAT & ACT Prep - ELA
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(305)
In this 7-class course, we'll read a historical fiction novel that shows a unique perspective of the Holocaust and WWII. Each week, students will have a new role to bring to a group discussion, and we'll end with a creative project.

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 9
Students will increase their reading comprehension skills, their knowledge of vocabulary and literary devices, and hone their discussion skills. They will focus on finding text-connections, improving their summarizing skills, and creating artistic representations of literature.
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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." ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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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! โœจ

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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
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
Grades will be provided upon request.
Grades Offered
Students will need to have a copy of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. As it was a New York Times bestseller, it can usually be found at the local library or as an e-book.
The digital handouts are a forced-copy Google Doc, which is the equivalent to a photocopy. If you do not have a Google account, please message me and I would be happy to provide you with a PDF.

BEFORE CLASS:
Before our first class, students will be given a short video explaining the literature circle roles in detail and discuss how the role rotation works throughout the course. 
Roles for our first reading section will be randomly assigned to start us out, and the homework will be to read Part 1 of The Book Thief and complete their literature circle role for the week before the first meeting. Be ready to share with the group in our first class! I am always just a quick message away if you ever have any questions!
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
From Common Sense Media:

Parents need to know that Markus Zusak's The Book Thief is a tremendously powerful portrayal of life under the Nazis, especially as it was experienced by German youth. Characters suffer cruel fates but also are great examples of the power of personal sacrifice, heroism, friendship, and courage. This is a tough story told about a horrendous time, so there's plenty of grief and sadness, as well as violence and cruelty. But ultimately the book is a portrait of the triumph of spirit and humanity.

Educational Value: 4/5
Positive Messages: 3/5
Positive Role Models & Representation: 4/5
Violence: 3/5
Language: 3/5
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking: 2/5

See the full review at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/the-book-thief.

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 Carissa, 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!

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External Resource: Lumio by SMART 

Lumio by SMART is an interactive lesson resource similar to Nearpod that engages learners through polls, games, sharing, as well as workspaces for individuals, groups, and the whole class! Itโ€™s a great way to elevate the learning experience. 

To join class, students will:  
1.  Go to hellosmart.com.  
2. Students can connect to class by signing in with their Google or Microsoft accounts, or they can join as GUESTS with a lesson code and simply type in their names/nicknames. 
3. If students would like to access the lesson outside of class time, they can either access the student-paced lesson link by signing in with a Google or Microsoft account, or accessing the PDF resources in the Outschool classroom.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(305)
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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...ย 
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$80

for 7 classes
1x per week, 7 weeks
40 min

Completed by 10 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-16
2-6 learners per class

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