Name: Caitlyn M. BerkowitzPhone: (406) 626-26xxEmail: www.ftsd.org/BerkowitzBiography
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 teachers and students. 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 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.Class Description(s)
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 essays. 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 and work on blogs, as well as read Touching Spirit Bear and work on argumentative writing. 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.
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, Lost Names, through discussion and writing. First quarter will consist of a study of short-stories and The House on Mango Street, along with an analytical writing workshop and two analytical essays. Second quarter, we will study To Kill a Mockingbird and The Freedom Writers and work on research papers and presentations. Third quarter, we will study Night and The Book Thief in the context of global genocide, by studying genocide films and creating blogs. Fourth quarter, we will form literature circles, work on argumentative writing, and have class debates. Finally, 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.
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 A River Runs Through It and write an analytical essay. In conclusion of the first quarter, we will study The Crucible and write an essay on a modern-day-witch hunt. Second quarter, we will study The Things They Carried and write a structure analysis essay. Then we will study The Road--a post apocalyptic master piece that is sure to lead to interesting class discussions and debates. In conclusion of the second quarter, we will work on an energy essay for the Missoula Electric Cooperative. Third quarter, while preparing for for the ACT, we will study Of Mice and Men and work on a creative dialogue writing project. Then we will read Fools Crow and engage in a Native American film unit. Fourth quarter, we will study Shakespeare’s Othello in the context of popular culture, specifically, Shakespeare’s influences on contemporary film, music, literature, etc. Then we will study The Great Gatsby through peer-led discussions and a “you-pick-the-topic” essay. Then we will shift our attention to life after high school with a college and career workshop where we will create brag sheets and resumes and prepare for a mock-interview. To conclude the year, we will write and deliver Ted Talks. It’s going to be a busy year!
Welcome to English 4! Since it is your last year of high school English, I aim to make it a reflective and memorable one. Throughout the year, we will be writing personal essays. Essentially, each personal essay will become a chapter in your autobiography. First quarter, we will study the personal essay--what is a personal essay and how do we write one? Your first personal essays will be on the topics of “a formative childhood memory” and “why I do something….” Then, we will launch into a play unit, starting with Death of a Salesman and writing a personal essay on “How do you define success.” Then, we will read A Doll’s House and work on a modern-play project. Second quarter, we will delve into a Montana literature unit by studying Indian Creek Chronicles and writing a personal essay on “your sense of place” and reading Montana 1948 and writing a personal essay on “coming of age.” Third quarter, we will read Flowers for Algernon and The Invisible Man and write relevant personal essays. Fourth quarter, we will study a podcast called Serial and write an analytical-research paper. In conclusion of your high school career, we will read personal essays that reflect other individual's high school experiences and write a personal essay on the topic of “your high school experience.” Your final will consist of picking a topic of which you’d like to learn more about, researching it, and presenting it to the class.
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 write a literary analysis on the topic “is The Road a love story or a horror story?” 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. And finally, we will conclude with reading The Metamorphosis and writing a fantasy story of our own. ***If you have this class second semester, we will also be preparing for the ACT Exam.
Welcome to F.A.C.E.! First quarter, we will read A River Runs Through It and work on our fly fishing and video making skills. Second quarter, we will read The Road and talk and write extensively about the apocalypse. Third quarter, we will read Indian Creek Chronicles and write a personal memoir on the topic of “sense of place.” Fourth quarter, we will read The Metamorphosis and write a fantasy story.