Mrs. Kaupang
RVHS Language Arts
Room 135
507-644-3511 Ext. 8135

dkaupang@redwoodareaschools.com


Have a wonderful, safe summer!  

Hello!

 
This is my seventeenth year teaching Language Arts at RVHS, and I am thankful to have placed my career in Redwood Falls.  I obtained my B.A. in English at Bemidji State University and moved to New York to obtain my Master of Science in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam. After living out of state and enjoying many experiences, it was time to return to MN to be near family. I now have my own family and find interesting variations between teaching high school and raising my young children.
It is a pleasure to have your children in class. Please stop by every so often to remain up to date on events in class.





Standards


Students will:

  1. Apply a variety of strategies to expand vocabulary.
  2. Understand the meaning of informational, expository or persuasive texts using a variety of strategies and will demonstrate literal, interpretive, inferential and evaluative comprehension.
  3. Actively engage in the reading process and read, understand, respond, analyze, interpret and evaluate.  Students will appreciate a variety of fiction, poetic and nonfiction texts.
  4. Use the 6 Traits of Writing: ideas, organization, conventions, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, presentation.
  5. Locate and use information in research materials.
  6. Analyze information found in electronic and print sources.  Students will use a variety of sources to learn about a topic to represent ideas.

The following are classes I will teach the 2016-17 school year: Accelerated English, English 11 Short Story, English 11/Outdoor Lit., Publications, English 9, English 10

Course Descriptions:

English 11/ Short Story
American Literature will provide students the opportunity to learn how literature represents and has shaped our country's history and culture from the 1700s to the present.  Students will attend to a variety of short stories within their literature text as well as novellas and essays.

English 11/Outdoor Lit.

American Literature will provide students the opportunity to learn how literature represents and has shaped our country's history and culture from the 1700s to the present.  Students will attend to work within their literature text as well as assigned novels.  Outdoor Lit. includes a variety of fiction and nonfiction, classic and current, to showcase the scope of nature, be it the impact on human life, the effect of humans on the environment, the power and beauty of nature, etc.  Students will read from a variety of genres and write their own nature pieces.

Accelerated English 11
 
American Literature will provide students the opportunity to learn how literature represents and has shaped our country’s history and culture from the 1700s to the present.  Students will attend to works within their literature text, as well as complete readings of assigned novels.  This course also emphasizes the mechanics of the written and spoken language (grammar), several writing genres and discussion opportunities.  

Publications
 
Publications is a class of many details and expectations.  It requires excellent English and technology skills, as well as the ability and need to work independently, not to mention bringing the newspaper and yearbook together as a team.  Students must be attentive, driven and willing to spend hours out of class in order to record high school life and memories for all students of RVHS.  It is our responsibility to provide quality news and keepsakes for students.  Therefore, lack of focus will not be tolerated.

English 9 
 
English 9 provides an introduction to a variety of genres: drama, short stories, novels, poetry, etc.  While reading various genres out of the literature text and supplementary materials, we will also attend to reading of assigned novels.  Reading will be done independently, in groups, pairs, and through voluntary reading.  Writing will be an important component of English 9 with attention given daily to the mechanics of the written and spoken language. 


 

Contact: Denise Kaupang