SAT & ACT Reading List: Animal Farm by George Orwell Literature Circle Book Club

In this 7-class course, students will read a classic novel 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
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45 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 7 weeks


year olds


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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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.
***About Becky Zerr***
I have taught this novel for several years, and thoroughly enjoy helping students to understand the difficult concepts and satire within its pages. 
Literature circles are a wonderfully engaging method for teaching literature, and it puts the students in the driver's seat, allowing them to take ownership of their learning under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

***About Monica Winkler***
Intro Video: https://youtu.be/ibCsUt6Rs-U
Sample Teaching Video: https://youtu.be/eUpM1wB5MYU
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 Sara Brinkley***
Intro and Sample Teaching Video: https://youtu.be/_hrvIU5Tq9c
Hi, my name is Sara. I am very passionate about helping children achieve success. I have a Bachelor of Arts in The Foundations of Counseling Psychology and a certificate in Literacy Tutoring through the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.
I am a certified preschool teacher and I have a 160-hour TEFL.  In the past 7 years I have worked with preschool age children all the way through high school. I have worked as a lead preschool teacher, substitute teacher for all grade levels and an educational therapy assistant working with students with severe needs.
I have also taught ESL online for 3 years and have been an online reading tutor for 1 year.
I enjoy family trips to the beach with my husband and two sons. I also enjoy reading, boating, and taking our two dogs to the dog park.
I look forward to learning about your child and helping them achieve their learning goals. See you in the classroom!

***About Donna McElheny***
Intro and Sample Teaching Video: https://youtu.be/0dW6Dd4n02g
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!
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:
Class #1 HW: Read Chs. 1-2 and complete your weekly role
Class #2 HW: Read Chs. 3-4 and complete your weekly role
Class #3 HW: Read Chs. 5-6 and complete your weekly role
Class #4 HW: Read Ch. 7-8 and complete your weekly role
Class #5 HW: Read Chs. 9-10 and complete your weekly role
Class #6 HW: Literary Choice Board Project
Class #7 HW: None (course over)
Students will need to have a copy of Animal Farm by George Orwell. As it is a classic, it can usually be found at the local library or as an e-book. A public-domain version is also available at https://www.gutenberg.ca/ebooks/orwellg-animalfarm/orwellg-animalfarm-00-h.html.
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:
  • Google Docs for the digital handouts and Vyond Cartoon Animation, Storybird, and Fakebook are digital options for the literary choice board at the end of the class
Grades will be provided upon request.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
From Common Sense Media:
"Parents need to know that Animal Farm is a biting satire of totalitarianism, written in the wake of World War II and published amid the rise of Soviet Russia. Although it tells a fairly simple story of barnyard animals trying to manage themselves after rebelling against their masters, the novel demonstrates how easily good intentions can be subverted into tyranny."
Educational Value: 5/5
Positive Messages: 3/5
Positive Role Models & Representations: 3/5
Violence: 3/5
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking: 3/5
See the full review at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/animal-farm.

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 Sara, 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!
Animal Farm by George Orwell

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New Horizons Academy
Lives in the United States
Experienced and caring teachers to help your learner reach their dreams. * Owner & Curriculum Creator Becky Zerr * Teacher Sara Brinkley * Teacher Donna McElheny * Teacher Monica Winkler *
207 total reviews
333 completed classes

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***About Becky Zerr***
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... 
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