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    College Link Literature Seniors (CL-AP 102)- period 3

    College Link Literature (CL-AP 102) Resources

    • Refer back to the MS Teams Chat for any discussions about the summer assignments:

    >>> College Profiles (Friday, September 3, 2021)

    >>> Self-Made Chapter Titles for Part I and II (Thursday, September 9, 2021) 

    >>> 20 Unfamiliar Vocabulary words from EoE (Monday, September 13, 2021)

    >>> Quote Analysis Chart on Cyrus, Samuel, and Alice (Monday, September 13, 2021)

    >>> Individualized Quote Analysis Chart on Assigned Characters (Friday, September 24, 2021)

    >>> Allusion Cards (Friday, October 8, 2021)

    (Please contact me for any questions or resources)


    Tenth Grade English- periods 1, 4, 5, and 7

    Resources for Tenth Graders

    • Remember the following assignments and deadlines. Consult the above link for specific directions and article(s).

    1. Friday, September 10, 2021: Personal Statement

    - FIRST ESSAY: A 500-word document that introduces or re-introduces you to an audience of your peers. It SHOULD BE a rough draft. Expect to read some of it before your peers. 

    2. Monday, September 13, 2021: Vocabulary Test 1

    - FIRST TEST: Find 5 unfamiliar/new words from the New York Times article, “High School Grades Could Be Worth $100,000. Time to Tell Your Child?” 

    3. Wednesday, September 15, 2021: Annotations of an Article

    - Underline, circle, highlight, jot in the margins, doodle: show me that you have “read” The New York Times article, “High School Grades Could Be Worth $100,000. Time to Tell Your Child?” by making notes on it. 

    4. Friday, September 10, 17, and 24, and October 1: Reading Logs 

    - NEXT FOUR TESTS: Please read and chronicle SE Hinton’s That Was Then, This Is Now. She wrote The Outsiders. Every Friday, you must submit at least one log that shows you read for 40 minutes. Each log must summarize and analyze 2-3 chapters. This novel is the beginning of our Socratic Seminars. IF YOU COULD NOT FIND THE BOOK, PLEASE CONTACT ME.


    If you have any questions or need resources, you can reach me at one of the following addresses:

    • LBerkowitz@yonkerspublicschools.org

    Remember, all passwords may have been reset.

    ID- Your log-in identification is your 6-digit student number followed by @yonkerspublicschools.org

    (For example: 858646@yonkerspublichschools.org)

    Password- Your reset password is your 8-digit birthday: month/date/year

    (If your birthday is August 18, 2003, your temporary password is 08182003)

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  • ALL 2021-2022 CLASSES WILL MEET IN PERSON and THROUGH Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) 

    Period 1 (7:35-8:20): ELA 10 [Tenth Grade English]

    Period 2 (8:26-9:10): Scheduled Meetings

    Period 3 (9:17-10:00): CL-AP12 [College Link Lit.]

    Period 4 (10:05- 10:55): ELA 10 [Tenth Grade English]

    Period 5 (11:00-11:46): ELA 10 [Tenth Grade English]

    Period 6 (11:50-12:35): Lunch

    Period 7 (12:41-1:27): ELA 10 [Tenth Grade English]

    Period 8 (1:32- 2:15): Scheduled Meetings

Phone: (914) 376-8540


Degrees and Certifications:

New York State Teacher's Certification • Professional: 9-12 English and Language Arts Education • Professional: 5-7 English and Language Arts Education College Board Certification • Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition Degrees/Training • UCLA Online Extension Courses, Summer 2012 College Board AP English Language and Composition Training • Fordham University, Bronx, NY, Summer 2009 College Board AP English Literature and Composition Training • Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY (2004-2005) Master's Degree in the Arts of Teaching (MAT) Adolescent and Secondary English Education with a focus in Literacy • Colgate University, Hamilton, NY (1998-2002) Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Sciences (BA), Cum Laude Double Major of English Literature and Theatrical Studies with course work in Political Science and Education

Mr. Berkowitz-Torres (aka Mr. Berkowitz)

Mr. Berkowitz-Torres' Teaching Philosophy

Each student is my favorite student, because there is only one of YOU! And every day we grow and try to make our lives that much more perfect, trying to be the best version of ourselves that we can. 

Curriculum Vitae

Teacher, tutor, coach, advocate, theatrician, director, writer, son, husband, and now father, I have been fortunate to complete many roles to the benefit of others.

Tutor, 1994-present: ACT, SAT, English, History, Math (Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, Trigonometry), and Science (Biology and Chemistry)  

• I began in tenth grade at my alma mater, Woodlands High School. I continued through High School. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree from Colgate University, I began working for the Princeton Review tutoring for the ACTs and SATs until 2014. 

Teacher, 1999-present

• Throughout college, I would return to my old High School as a substitute teacher. Upon graduation, I became a leave replacement seventh and eighth grade Science teacher, then as a ninth grade Algebra and eighth grade Social Studies teacher for Summer School.

• Upon completing his Master's in the Arts in Teaching (MAT) fifth through twelfth grade English Language Arts, I began my tenure in the Yonkers Public Schools:

        ∆ 2005-2013: Lincoln High School as an English teacher of ninth grade, Century Honors Ninth, Century Honors Tenth, and Twelfth grade English

        ∆ 2013-present: Yonkers Montessori Academy as an English teacher of tenth grade, eleventh grade and College Link 102/Advanced Placement Composition and            


Extra Curricular

After-school, I have been the adviser for the Drama Club in both schools producing both traditional, published plays and original student works. I have also been the adviser for YMA's Alumni Association, National Honor Society and Speech and Debate Team.  


If there are any or all questions, feel free to reach me online at LBerkowitz@yonkerspublicschools.org