My block 1 US History class (sophmores) is clearly going to be my biggest challenge this year. Every time I teach it, I'm exhausted by the end of the 90 minutes. It's my largest class (30) and has within it: 8 young men who struggled with behavioral issues throughout last year. 6 are respectful, just hard to handle, but 2 very confrontational 4 young ladies who seem to hate each other and apparently spend the period silently threatening to beat each other up and the real subject of this post, 5 young ladies who don't speak a. single. word. of. English. It's not broken, it's not "developing", it's non-existent. They've been thrown to the wolves (other than 1 block of ESL, they're in all regular classes) and I'm not sure what to do with them. They're not receiving traditional grades (and they're clearly not going to pass the standardized test anyway, so no need to worry about standards) so I'm trying to come up with ways to teach them SOMETHING without adding to their stress. Having been an immigrant, I can't imagine how overwhelming their daily life is, but my classes are generally very rigorous- I never even have SPed students, so I'm struggling to get down to their language level. In addition, because my class is so large and I have to keep all of the loud, behaviorally challenged students on-task, I don't have as much time to spend with the ESL kids as I would like. Does anyone have any experience working with Level 1 ESL students within a traditional classroom? Or know of any online resources? I want to start giving them modified graphic organizers and class works, but when I just created one for an ESL student in my WHII class (luckily, I only have 1 in that class), it just looked so childish... I guess I'm concerned that if it's too young-seeming, it'll be insulting to them? Any input would be appreciated!