Hi, everyone: I will be teaching 10th grade English (1 intensive and 1 honors) and 11th grade American Literature (1 intensive and 1 "regular"). My 11th grade intensive class has only three students, all of whom do not enjoy coming to school. In the past, they have been known for excessive absences because they don't see the point in coming in to school for busy work. I am in the process of creating my 11th grade curriculum map for the year, and I plan on teaching American Literature in chronological order, since a lot of today's literature can be linked to the Puritans. If I teach my intensive class this curriculum or use the new textbooks, I know they won't come in to school. Even if I try to make it as engaging as possible, there's NO interest in this material. So, I am in a hard spot right now. Do I teach them the 11th grade curriculum when they're at an upper-elementary, early-middle school reading level and scaffold everything, or do I scrap the curriculum? I do not want to lose these kids, and I need to encourage them to come to school, but I know the required curriculum will make them want to stay home. I was thinking I could still teach "American" literature, but it would be on books and authors that they enjoy. Perhaps The Hunger Games, Divergent, Freedom Writers Diaries, etc. Since there are only three, I could buy the books myself that they want to read together. Of course, I can incorporate writing and literary elements in those books, too. In addition, I would incorporate a life-skills writing program throughout the year. They'll be the first to tell you that they are not going to college, so I thought I could focus on more meaningful assignments for these students. Anyone in this situation? Thanks!