Paul David Piatkowski
English Language Arts Department
336-731-8431 ext. 8553
If desired, please call or email me in order to schedule a conference. I am available most days after school and during 4th period.
Fall 2016 Schedule
2nd: English III Honors
3rd: AP Language and Composition Combination Class
4th: Introduction to American Literature
Spring 2016 Schedule
2nd: English III Honors
3rd: AP Language and Composition Combination Course
4th: AP Language and Composition Block
Grading: As per Davidson County Schools County Grading Policy, all major assignments in English III and English III Honors will count 60% and all minor assignments will count as 40%. All major assignments in AP Language and Composition courses will count 70% and all minor assignments will count as 30%.
Major Assignments: Projects, Tests, Papers & Essays
Minor Assignments: Homework, Classwork, Quizzes, Blogs, Activities (Individual and Group).
Please see attached syllabus and weekly schedule in order to find important information including class assignments, homework, and projects.
Classroom Expectations & Procedures:
Exam: English courses feature either the North Carolina Final Exam (NCFE), a pencil and paper exam focused on various standards students are expected to cover during the year in their course, or the End-of-Course Test, a similar exam focused on student standards and taken on a computer. Exams count 20% of a student's final average. The English exams are all required.
For AP Language and Composition, the AP exam in the Spring is required in order to receive AP weight. The students will not have to complete the NCFE but, rather, will have a teacher made exam.
Each level of English has an accompanying literature unit associated with it. English I covers genres of literature and is open to all regions of the world, English II covers World Literature excluding Western Europe and America. English III covers American literature. English IV in Western European literature. All levels are expected to cover at least one Shakespearean piece.
For AP Language and Composition, the course covers English III's American literature component, but it also looks at strong prose from a wider range of authors and focuses primarily on prose and rhetorical analysis.
Outside of our studies in literature, this class will try to strengthen students’ writing styles and
abilities. Students will be writing in a variety of forms and can expect to write literature
analysis, persuasive speeches, poetry, dramas and monologues, shorter fictional pieces,
narratives, opinion essays, reaction papers, as well as a large research paper. They should feel
prepared for the kind of writing seen on the NCFE as well as the ACT.
For AP Language and Composition, writing is a key component and the course will cover the different modes of writing as well as a focus on the three types of writing expected with the AP Language and Composition exam: argument, synthesis, and analysis.
In order to develop student voice and effectiveness in writing, we will be spending time
reviewing previously learned grammatical structure as well as more advanced
grammar dealing with heightened style. Students will be encouraged to apply these skills within
their writing. Students can also expect quizzes after longer grammar lessons.
Student will be completing vocabulary units based on highly used SAT/ACT vocabulary. They
will have weekly quizzes and cumulative unit tests on the vocabulary.
As you can see, we are looking forward to a busy semester. In order for students to be successful, the classroom must maintain an atmosphere of learning. I ask that my students abide by the following classroom behavior expectations:
-Be Prompt! Each student should be in his/her assigned seat when the tardy bell rings. NO WARNINGS WILL BE GIVEN BEFORE DETENTIONS FOR TARDIES.
-Be Prepared! Each student should bring all materials to class everyday. This includes their three ring binder, writing notebook, text or novel, and a pen.
-Be Respectful! This means that students need to listen while either a classmate or I am speaking, that they should raise their hand when they want to be recognized for speaking unless we are in an open discussion, and that they should respect one another’s personal property.
-Keep Distractions Out! Students need to be able to focus on the class so they should leave all distractions out of the classroom. This includes snacks, drinks, cell phones, miscellaneous toys, make-up, magazines, math homework, science homework, knitting, whittling, video games, sports cards, art supplies, and anything else that will take the students’ minds off of their work. NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES OF ANY KIND ARE PERMITTED AT NDHS.
-Participate! Each student is expected to participate in all activities and discussions. This means taking notes, reading aloud or sharing writing, watching videos and reviewing for tests.
Late work will ONLY be accepted if a student was absent. If a student is absent they will have five days to make up the work. After the fifth day it will not be accepted.
Projects and large papers are expected on the day due whether student is present or not. If a student is absent then arrangements must be made with the instructor beforehand or on the day due.
If students choose to not follow these expectations and cause a disturbance in class the following consequences will occur:
-Warning. Students can expect only one warning FOR THE ENTIRE CLASS. After that they will be punished accordingly.
-Student-teacher conference. This may bring to conclusion a change in seating, a trip to guidance, or whatever else seems required.
-Parent contact. Parent or guardian will be notified about problem and a formal contact will be made.
-Detention. Student will have to stay after school for a period of time.
-Parent-teacher conference. Parent or guardian will be asked to come in to school so that we can sit and discuss problems and possible ways to rectify the situation.
-Office referral. Student will go to office and will speak with a member of the administration.
Serious or chronic behavior problems will be referred to the office sooner.
has been teaching at North Davidson High School since the Fall of 2004. He studied English with a focus in Secondary Education at Appalachian State University and graduated with a BS in the Spring of 2004. He received an MA in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the Fall of 2011. He is certified in both AP English courses and currently teaches AP Language and Composition. His teaching career has been highlighted by being the Davidson County Schools Teacher of the Year for 2010-2011.