Phone: (906) 635-3839 ext. 5842
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Paul R. Pioszak
I graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in creative writing and philosophy in 1986. I ran track and cross-country and was awarded the Alumni Scholar-Athlete Award twice at WMU. I received my certification in English and Political Science Education in 1989 at Western as well. I received my Masters in Language Arts from Central Michigan University in 1994 and have taught at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant High School, and University of Gdansk, Walcz, in Poland (Peace Corps). I have published two CDs as a musician and one novel Plank Fence. I have received the award for Outstanding Area Educator by the Mt. Pleasant Jaycees (1996-1997), the District Superintendent Award from Pila, Poland (1998), The National Milken Educator Award (2003), the United States-Eurasia Award for Excellence in Teaching (2004) and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study Chaucer (2008). I have traveled extensively in the United States and abroad. As well, I have been an Advanced Placement national scorer since 2010 and was selected Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2017-18.
1st hour—8:00-8:55: A.P. English Language and Composition
2nd hour—9:00-9:50: Honors English 9
3rd hour—9:55-10:45: A.P. United States Government
4th hour—10:50-11:40: Honors English 9 (A Lunch)
5th hour—11:45-12:35: English 10
6th hour—1:15-2:05: A.P. English Language and Composition
7th hour—2:10-3:00: Honors English 9
The goal for English 9 is to build a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and strategies that will be refined, applied, and extended as students engage in more complex ideas, texts, and tasks. Students will be introduced to the various genres of classic and contemporary narrative and informational texts that will be read and analyzed throughout high school. Ninth graders will connect with and respond to texts by analyzing relationships within families, communities, societies, governments, and economies. Through the lens of Inter-Relationships and Self-Reliance, they will consider how they build relationships, how their relationships impact others, and their responsibility to society.
Purpose: This is a college prep class and will prepare students for Advanced Placement courses and college level work. Honors IX emphasizes critical analysis and close reading of texts while concentrating on academic writing in a variety of styles applying the six traits of writing and using MLA formatting.
This course will prepare you to 1. Read and analyze a variety of different texts, 2. Write fluidly in a variety of styles using proper MLA formatting, 3. Engage in discussions with classmates about class content and themes, and 4. Connect course materials with your own life and experiences.
- Prentice Hall Literature, Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes, Gold Edition (short story excerpts, The Odyssey)
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Robert Fitzgerald
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Advanced Placement English Language and Composition
Course Description: Because story is essential to the human condition, and story is the compilation of the events and activities in one’s life, a comprehensive study of memoir, narrative, and argument is essential to synthesis of information and the connection of corresponding ideas into one cohesive unit that becomes one’s writing and voice. Advanced Placement English Language and Composition will “enable students to read complex texts” and compose with “richness and complexity.” (AP English Language and Composition, 2012-2013). This will aid students to improve their responses to outside research and create multi-leveled reactions to information and data across curricular disciplines.
Purpose: This is a college preparation and replacement class and “aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods” (College Board 2014).
Texts: may include but are not limited to
- Prentice Hall Literature, Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes, The British Tradition (poetry and drama selections)
- Grendel by John Gardner
- Canterbury Tales by Geoffery Chaucer
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- Paradise Lost by John Milton
- The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coolridge Taylor
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Night by Elie Weisel
- Various non-fiction essays by Henry Lewis Gates, Jr., Sandra Cisneros, Ann Hodgeman, Michael Crichton, Sherman Alexie, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Martin Gansberg, Tim O’Brien, Martin Luther King, Jr., Lars Eighner, E.B. White, George Orwell, Richard Proenneke, and more.
This class takes the place of college level English 110, if a student passes the class. Therefore, some material in the class is has mature content and language.
A.P. United States Government and Politics
This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of United States Government through the study of theoretical concepts, history, and practice, which is necessary for the interpretation and analysis of politics in the United States. It is modeled upon a comparable college course. The subjects for the course include but are not limited to The Constitution and The Bill of Rights along with seven other major documents, the bureaucratic hierarchy of government and the landmark cases that have influenced the interpretation of the law. Of course, the development of political beliefs and behaviors, party development and practices, interest groups and PACs, mass media, public policy, and individual rights and freedoms as well as their effects are essential for a full understanding of U.S. Government.
“To provide a college-level introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States” (College Board).
Text: United States Government & Politics David Wolfford.
The goal for English 10 is to continue to build a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and strategies that will be refined, applied, and extended as students engage in more complex ideas, texts, and tasks. In English 10, students will add to the list of various genres of classic and contemporary narrative and informational texts. Tenth graders will connect with and respond to texts through critical response and stance. They will learn to evaluate for validity and quality, to balance and expand their perspectives promoting empathy, social action, and appropriate use of power. Critical Response and Stance offers students the lens to assess and modify their beliefs, views of the world, and how they have power to impact them.
Purpose: The purpose of the course is to help students comprehend complex text in order to prepare them for the workplace, college, or military. It is important for students to be able to analyze fiction and non-fiction alike and be able to see what the author is trying to accomplish. Because of this, the course focuses on improving writing, reading, and analytical skills through rhetorical writing, close reading, and vocabulary acquisition. This course also focuses on preparing students for the SAT and MSTEP tests which they will be required to take as juniors.
- Prentice Hall Literature, Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes, The British Tradition (poetry anddrama selections)
· The Power of Language to Transform Lives (Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales)
· Informed Decision Making (Hamlet)
· Technology: Potential for Enhancing Human Life (Frankenstein)
· Understanding Human Nature: Coping with Crisis, Chaos, and Change (Lord of the Flies)
· The DNA of Survival (Night)
· Grade appropriate short stories and poems determined thematically throughout units