Hello! I will be teaching 6-8 language arts at a Catholic school this upcoming year. I will have two classes: lower level 6-8 and higher level 6-8. These are also extremely SMALL classes (5-10 students per class). I have never taught multi-grade classes before and I have some questions/need advice. How do you work on differentiating the curriculum? I have several books on this topic, and I am used to working with students of multiple levels in my classroom (from Kinder to college-level). In the past, I've taken one concept/skill and modified it. They use a novel-based curriculum, so I plan on doing a combination of the whole-class novel and literature circles (cycle them). In the past, I've done mini-lessons and then had students work together in their groups to apply the concepts to their reading. My concern with this is that I will have some students in class with me for three years and others for one year, so 1. I want to make sure I'm preparing the older students for the demands of high school and 2. I do not want to simply repeat the same things every year for the students I have for 3 years. With so few students, I could do individual plans (similar to Montessori), but I really like when my students work together on concepts, especially at this age, and I only have them for 50 minutes. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!