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.
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55 minutes

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Once per week

over 8 weeks


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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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Wed Jun 1

Jun 1 - Jul 20 (8 weeks)
7pm - 7:55pm

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Class Experience

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.
***Meet Becky Zerr***
Owner and Founder of New Horizons Academy
     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." ;) ​

***Meet Donna McElheny***
Teacher with New Horizons Academy
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!

Bachelors in English Education
Working on Masters as Reading Specialist
Licensed Teacher
Former 8th Grade ELA Teacher
Experienced ESL Online Teacher

***Meet Sara Brinkley***
Teacher with New Horizons Academy​
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!

Bachelors in Foundations of Counseling Psychology
Literacy Tutoring Certificate
Certified Preschool Teacher
160-hour TEFL
Taught ESL Online 
Educational Therapy Assistant for Students with Severe Needs
Experience with Preschool Through High School

​***Meet Monica Winkler***
Teacher with New Horizons Academy
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!

Bachelors in Linguistics
Masters in Linguistics
Taught University-Level Linguistics Courses
ESL teacher
Reading and Writing Teacher
Speaks English, Spanish, and Swiss German Fluently
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 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!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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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 *
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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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