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Linda S.

Ridgewood, NJ

$50/hr

Challenging Reading, Writing, Language Arts, English and ESL Tutor

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Background check passed as of 8/28/14

Challenging Reading, Writing, Language Arts, English and ESL Tutor

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Reading and Writing K-5:
Using well written picture books and interesting non-ficition children's books, my lessons are personalized for each individual student to match their ability and help them grow to the next level.

Students are encouraged to read aloud to promote pronunciation, vocabulary development, pacing, and comprehension.

For K-2 students, reading is followed by a writing assignment or creative project focusing on the themes of the book.

For students in grades 3-5, we might compare two books in terms of subject, writing style, or form. Writing projects include eveything from crazy stories, to how-to essays, to poster boards filled with information about a subject they love.

My students and I read, discuss, write and think about books. Some of these books are fiction with important themes that they can relate to while others are about different subjects they never even heard of before.

Language Arts Grades 6 and up:

We focus on mentor texts to explore writing styles and structures. We look at how good writers write well in many different ways.

Instead of drilling on a specific essay form, we delve into the craft of writing. Then we learn how to use those skills for all essay forms and writing assignments.

We tackle writing in many different styles: narrative, opinion, persuasive, informative, argumentative and expository.

We learn how to state our opinions with clear reasoning and details. We learn how to summarize and not simply repeat. We learn how to draw the reader in with an introduction and how to clarify our points in the conclusion. We learn how to express our own voice in our writing style just as we do in our speaking style. We write funny or quietly, 1st person or 3rd person, pro and con for any arguments.

In addition to structure, we spend time on grammar, spelling, and incorporating new vocabulary into our analysis and writing.

We never just practice for standardized tests. We learn to write so much more creatively and confidently than any test can measure. So when we face the essay questions on the test, we know we can do it. And we do it well.

ESL:

ESL Speaking and Conversation. American History and Current Events
For adults or kids living in America for the first time, who would like to learn about American's history and culture and learn to discuss current events.

We cover basic history that is taught to most public school students plus more interesting facts and stories. We also discuss current events so that you can learn to have conversations and express your own opinions in English.


Enrichment Projects Using Critical Thinking:


For inquisitive kids who are interested in learning beyond the classroom.

Creative projects allow kids to research a subject in depth and tackle a large scale project for the sheer joy of learning.

I also have lesson plans and unit themes for ongoing projects for groups such as homeschoolers or afterschool classes. I can also run a debate club or a mock trial club.

Examples:

Puppets and Storytelling
Learn about who created the Muppets and the balloons in Thanksgiving Day Parade. Explore the art of storytelling and puppet making. Create a character, give your puppet a personality, and write a script for a show. Then it's showtime.

Philosophy through Children's Literature

Ready to really think about things? Philosophy is all about thinking about what we know and how we know it. We’ll read some interesting stories together that bring up some intriguing questions. For example: How do we know if something is real? What is truth? How do we know right from wrong? We will ponder and probe into some deep ideas just like all great philosophers love to do.


Bird Brains

From Vultures to Tweety Bird, we’ll read, talk, and consider birds of all sorts. There’s a famous hawk who flies over Central Park and an International Crane Foundation in a place called Baraboo, Wisconsin that we’ll want to learn about. Why do we eat turkey on Thanksgiving, anyway? We’ll read about how scientists learned about bird migration and how one artist drew thousands of different kinds of birds. We’ll write poems about birds, make chicken hats and break out our best chicken dance moves.


Help With Any Writing Project:
Have a one time writing project that is important to you? Everyone should have at least one second reader. I will make suggestions and help you revise until you are satisfied the paper is ready to submit.

My assistance includes:

Reading a full or partial draft of your paper.

Help with your organization, construction, and clarity of ideas.

Help figure out how to construct your argument, provide detailed supportive evidence, and write persuasively.

Help correct grammar errors, spelling, sentence structure, and vocabulary choice.

Give you honest feedback.

English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
Study Skills, Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

American History

I teach American history to kids using non fiction children's books. I am an expert in this field and use a wide variety of books for each lesson plan. I also teach American history to non native speakers. I use ESL textbooks that provide a thorough introduction as well as a strong understanding of American culture and civics.

Elementary (K-6th)

Reading, Writing, Social Studies. I am certified to teach elementary school in the state of NJ.

I privately tutor elementary studies in Reading, Writing, and Social Studies.

ESL/ESOL

I currently teach adult ESL classes in a language school. I have also been a tutor for ESL for both adults and children.

Public Speaking

I have studied the parliamentary debate format now used widely for the Middle School Public Debate Program (MSPDP). I am familiar with the rules and debate format. It is very much like a trial (I am a law school graduate). The arguments need to first be written out and I am a teacher of argument essay which is necessary for debate. I can help students analyze the issues for each argument, learn how to research to back up their opinions, and support their opinions with facts and evidence.

Reading

I use children's nonfiction books to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary while learning about interesting people and events.

Social Studies

Elementary and Middle School Students. I am certified to teach social studies through high school in the state of NJ.

My area of specialty is American History and Law, ethics, etc. I have a BA in American History from Columbia Univerisity and a JD from Brookyln Law School.

Writing

I have taught all kinds of essay forms including narrative, informational, opinion, argumentative, and persuasive. I have also assisted with college and graduate school application essays. We always work on the content of the writing first and then move to how to use the correct form and structure for a particular assignment.

Barnard College, Columbia University
History
Brooklyn Law School
J.D.

Education

Barnard College, Columbia University (History)

Brooklyn Law School (J.D.)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

For one time assistence with writing projects online, I charge a nominal $25 and I review as many drafts as you have until you are ready to submit. Everyone should have a great second reader!

Travel policy

Linda will travel within 10 miles of Ridgewood, NJ 07450.


About Linda

Reading and Writing K-5:
Using well written picture books and interesting non-ficition children's books, my lessons are personalized for each individual student to match their ability and help them grow to the next level.

Students are encouraged to read aloud to promote pronunciation, vocabulary development, pacing, and comprehension.

For K-2 students, reading is followed by a writing assignment or creative project focusing on the themes of the book.

For students in grades 3-5, we might compare two books in terms of subject, writing style, or form. Writing projects include eveything from crazy stories, to how-to essays, to poster boards filled with information about a subject they love.

My students and I read, discuss, write and think about books. Some of these books are fiction with important themes that they can relate to while others are about different subjects they never even heard of before.

Language Arts Grades 6 and up:

We focus on mentor texts to explore writing styles and structures. We look at how good writers write well in many different ways.

Instead of drilling on a specific essay form, we delve into the craft of writing. Then we learn how to use those skills for all essay forms and writing assignments.

We tackle writing in many different styles: narrative, opinion, persuasive, informative, argumentative and expository.

We learn how to state our opinions with clear reasoning and details. We learn how to summarize and not simply repeat. We learn how to draw the reader in with an introduction and how to clarify our points in the conclusion. We learn how to express our own voice in our writing style just as we do in our speaking style. We write funny or quietly, 1st person or 3rd person, pro and con for any arguments.

In addition to structure, we spend time on grammar, spelling, and incorporating new vocabulary into our analysis and writing.

We never just practice for standardized tests. We learn to write so much more creatively and confidently than any test can measure. So when we face the essay questions on the test, we know we can do it. And we do it well.

ESL:

ESL Speaking and Conversation. American History and Current Events
For adults or kids living in America for the first time, who would like to learn about American's history and culture and learn to discuss current events.

We cover basic history that is taught to most public school students plus more interesting facts and stories. We also discuss current events so that you can learn to have conversations and express your own opinions in English.


Enrichment Projects Using Critical Thinking:


For inquisitive kids who are interested in learning beyond the classroom.

Creative projects allow kids to research a subject in depth and tackle a large scale project for the sheer joy of learning.

I also have lesson plans and unit themes for ongoing projects for groups such as homeschoolers or afterschool classes. I can also run a debate club or a mock trial club.

Examples:

Puppets and Storytelling
Learn about who created the Muppets and the balloons in Thanksgiving Day Parade. Explore the art of storytelling and puppet making. Create a character, give your puppet a personality, and write a script for a show. Then it's showtime.

Philosophy through Children's Literature

Ready to really think about things? Philosophy is all about thinking about what we know and how we know it. We’ll read some interesting stories together that bring up some intriguing questions. For example: How do we know if something is real? What is truth? How do we know right from wrong? We will ponder and probe into some deep ideas just like all great philosophers love to do.


Bird Brains

From Vultures to Tweety Bird, we’ll read, talk, and consider birds of all sorts. There’s a famous hawk who flies over Central Park and an International Crane Foundation in a place called Baraboo, Wisconsin that we’ll want to learn about. Why do we eat turkey on Thanksgiving, anyway? We’ll read about how scientists learned about bird migration and how one artist drew thousands of different kinds of birds. We’ll write poems about birds, make chicken hats and break out our best chicken dance moves.


Help With Any Writing Project:
Have a one time writing project that is important to you? Everyone should have at least one second reader. I will make suggestions and help you revise until you are satisfied the paper is ready to submit.

My assistance includes:

Reading a full or partial draft of your paper.

Help with your organization, construction, and clarity of ideas.

Help figure out how to construct your argument, provide detailed supportive evidence, and write persuasively.

Help correct grammar errors, spelling, sentence structure, and vocabulary choice.

Give you honest feedback.

Education

Barnard College, Columbia University
History
Brooklyn Law School
J.D.

Education

Barnard College, Columbia University (History)

Brooklyn Law School (J.D.)


Tutor Policies

For one time assistence with writing projects online, I charge a nominal $25 and I review as many drafts as you have until you are ready to submit. Everyone should have a great second reader!

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Linda’s Subjects

English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
Study Skills, Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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