Name: Caitlyn M. BerkowitzPhone: (406) 626-26xxEmail: www.ftsd.org/Berkowitz
I grew up in Westfield, New Jersey—a suburban town about forty-five minutes (without traffic) from both the Atlantic Ocean and the wilds of New York City. After high school, I attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Following graduation, I moved to Montana for an Americorps volunteer position and fell in love with the west. I spent the following three years working for various educational institutions in Utah, Colorado, and Montana. In the fall of 2013, I decided to return to school to pursue my passion for teaching. I enrolled in both a master’s degree and teacher education program at the University of Montana.
During graduate school, I taught at Willard Alternative High School, Target Range Middle School, and Sentinel High School, where I had the opportunity to learn from a multitude of inspiring students and teachers. In addition, I became the Education Specialist for Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, where I worked with educators from across the western states to develop a national curriculum. By the fall of 2015, I had earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education and a secondary English teaching license, and I was ready to start my career as a high school English teacher.
It is with the greatest of enthusiasm that I have become part of both the Frenchtown community and Frenchtown High School. I am very excited to learn with and from all of my students and colleagues. I hope to help my students become more proficient in the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening—so that they can apply these skills to their individual pursuits and passions within and outside of our classroom.
When I am not writing lesson plans—I am likely thinking about lesson plans, while hiking, camping, rock climbing, and attempting to grow a garden or catch a fish. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, curiosity, or just to check in.
Welcome to English 2! This course delves into a study of literature from around the world. Throughout the year, we will engage in a diverse range of formal and informal speaking and listening activities in an effort to develop confidence and ease in these important life skills. First quarter, we will explore a short story unit and work on analytical writing. Second quarter, we will study To Kill a Mockingbird and work on research papers and presentations. Third quarter, we will study The Book Thief in the context of global genocide. Fourth quarter, we will study Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in the context of popular culture--the study of Shakespeare’s influences on contemporary film, music, literature, etc. We all also work on an argumentative unit with in-class debates and essays.
English 2 Honors
Welcome to English 2 Honors! This course delves into a study of literature from around the world. We will spend the first week of school exploring the summer reading assignment, The Time Traveler and War of the Worlds. First quarter will consist of a study of short-stories and The House on Mango Street, along with an analytical and creative essay. Second quarter, we will study To Kill a Mockingbird and work on research papers and presentations. Third quarter, we will study Night in the context of global genocide, The Stranger in the context of existential and absurdist philosophies, and work on persuasion with in-class debates and argumentative writing. Fourth quarter, we will be wrapping up our persuasive unit and studying Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
Welcome to English 3! This course delves into a study of American and Shakespearean literature. We will start the year off with The Crucible, a haunting play about the Salem Witch trials. To conclude our first quarter, we will read “A River Runs Through It” and work on analytical writing. Second quarter, we will read Catcher in the Rye--a classic coming of age novel. During this time, we will work on personal narratives, research and present on various mental health issues, and analyze the main character, Holden Caulfield. Third quarter, we will read my favorite Shakespeare play, Othello. Students can’t help but get wrapped up in this epic drama. In addition, we will start preparing for the reading, writing, and English sections of the ACT. To wrap up the year, fourth quarter will bring us into a study of Of Mice and Men, a Native American Film unit with an accompanying analysis essay, and a college and career prep unit where students will create resumes and prepare for interviews.
English 3 Honors:
Welcome to English 3 Honors! This course delves into a study of American and Shakespearean literature. We will spend the first few weeks of school exploring the summer reading, The Grapes of Wrath, through discussions and creative-analytical writing. Then we will study The Scarlet Letter in the context of Romanticism and write an analytical essay. To conclude the first quarter, students will tackle the Junior Research Project, which is a long-research paper on a topic related to something that has influenced American society. Second quarter, we will read “A River Runs Through It” and The Things They Carried. During this time, we will work on analyzing the structure of a piece of writing with a structure analysis essay. We will also write an essay for Missoula Electric Cooperative’s annual essay contest, which provides an opportunity for stuents to win a trip to Washington D.C. Third quarter, while preparing for for the ACT, we will read Macbeth and Of Mice and Men. In addition, we will prepare for life after high school with a college and career unit. Four quarter, we will read Fools Crow and engage in a Native American film unit. Then we will study The Great Gatsby through peer-led discussions and a literary analysis essay. To conclude the year, we will write and deliver Ted Talks.
Welcome to Fantasy! We have the unique opportunity to study a variety of fantasy literature. First and third quarter, we will study Fahrenheit 451 and write an argumentative essay on the topic of book banning. Then we will read The Road, take turns leading class discussions, and create fantasy stories and films. Second and fourth quarter, we will delve into a fantasy film unit and write an informative essay on the evolution of the fantasy film genre.