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SAT & ACT Reading List: To Kill a Mockingbird Literature Circle Book Club

In this 8-class course, we read a classic American novel that shows a snapshot of the South during the 1930s through the eyes of young Scout. Each week, students have a new role for the group discussion and we end with a creative project.
New Horizons Academy - SAT & ACT Prep - ELA
229 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
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Class
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
12-17
year olds
3-6
learners per class
per learner - per class

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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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This class is taught in English.
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! 😊

𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐃𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐚 𝐌𝐜𝐄𝐥𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐲

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. They should also watch the 1962 film version of To Kill a Mockingbird and be prepared to discuss in the final class.
Students will need to have a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. As it is a widely popular book, it can usually be found at the local library or as an e-book. Copies may also be purchased through Amazon, Thriftbooks, Abe Books, or Better World Books. 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.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Homework Schedule:
Class Homework: Read Ch 1-5 and complete your weekly role
Class Homework: Read Ch 6-9 and complete your weekly role
Class Homework: Read Ch 10-13 and complete your weekly role
Class Homework: Read Ch 14-18 and complete your weekly role
Class Homework: Read Ch 19-24 and complete your weekly role
Class Homework: Read Ch 25-31 (the end) and complete your weekly role
Class Homework: Prepare your Literary Choice Board Project and watch the 1962 film/movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird, keeping an eye out for differences between it and the book.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Parents need to know that Harper Lee's 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird addresses the terrible impact of racism in America through a little girl's point of view. The story takes place in Depression-era Alabama, in the fictional town of Maycomb, which Lee patterned after her own hometown of Monroeville. The narrator, 6-year-old Scout Finch, and her brother Jem and their friend Dill play children's games, but they also have a clear view of the adults in their world. Their youth and innocence contrasts with the prejudice, cruelty, and poverty they often observe. There's some threatened and real violence in this Pulitzer Prize winner: A man breaks a child's arm; a rabid dog is shot and killed; there is a stabbing death; the children and their father, Atticus Finch, confront a lynch mob; and the court case at the center of the novel involves a Black man who's been accused of raping and beating a white woman. Some of this violence is whiskey-fueled, as well. Profanity includes "damn," "bastard," and "son-of-a-bitch." The "N" word and "('N'-word)-lover" is used liberally by some residents of Maycomb as if it's perfectly commonplace, and by others as a weapon. The children in the novel learn powerful lessons about the impact of poverty and prejudice, and the importance of empathy, and so will those who read this classic. The 1962 film version starring Gregory Peck is one of those rare films that truly does justice to the original book. The audiobook read by Sissy Spacek is also note-perfect. 
See the full review at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/to-kill-a-mockingbird. 

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.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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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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