Wouldn’t it be nice to have AP students who already had a thorough background in the skills needed for your class? Thanks to the College Board, there is a program called Vertical Teams that will help prepare students from seventh grade to tenth grade with the skills necessary for AP classes.
The world of English consists of writing, reading, grammar, and speaking. Language Arts is so diversified that teachers may find it overwhelming. What do you teach? Can you teach your favorite book? What kind of writing should the students do? English Vertical Teams can help you decide on skills.
Engaging students to research can be challenging, but the I-Search Paper is more interesting because students with learning disabilities or different learning styles have a chance to be more self-directed. They have freedom to choose their own topics, interview people, and tell the research story.
High school students who are challenged readers are the hardest students to help improve reading skills. You must tap into their interests and discover what makes them come alive. Then, you can help them find reading material that is suitable for their ability.