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SAT & ACT Reading List: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Literature Circle Book Club

In this 6-class course, students will read one of the great American novels and discuss it in detail, finishing with a creative project. Each week, students will have a new literature circle role to bring to a weekly group discussion.
New Horizons Academy - SAT & ACT Prep - ELA
229 total reviews for this teacher
6 reviews for this class
Completed by 15 learners
Class
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 6 weeks
11-16
year olds
2-5
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Thu Sep 8

Sep 8 - Oct 13 (6 weeks)
Thursdays
2pm - 2:55pm
Taught by:
Monica Winkler
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Class Experience

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." 😉

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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
In preparation for each class, students will read a section of the novel and complete a weekly literature circle roll. This roll will change each week, with each student getting a chance to fill each role by the end of class. For the final class, students will prepare a creative project to share. 
Homework Schedule:
HW BEFORE OUR FIRST CLASS: Read Chs. 1-2 and complete your weekly role
Class #1 HW: Read Chs. 3-4 and complete your weekly role
Class #2 HW: Read Chs. 5-6 and complete your weekly role
Class #3 HW: Read Ch. 7 and complete your weekly role
Class #4 HW: Read Chs. 8-9 and complete your weekly role
Class #5 HW: Literary Choice Board Project
Class #6 HW: None (course over)
Students will each need a copy of the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. If an art project is chosen for the final class, students will need to supply the art materials of their choosing. Art supplies may also be required for the Artistic Agent role, depending on what type of project the student chooses to complete. Digital handouts will be provided through a forced-copy Google Docs link each week. If you do not have access to a Google account and would like me to send you a non-fillable PDF instead, please send me a message and I would be happy to provide that.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Grades will be provided upon request.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
I strongly recommend all parents review the Common Sense Media page for The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/the-great-gatsby. 

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! It’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.

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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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