Once you have a sense of where they are, you have have to develop a plan for getting them towards that target. Ideally you will be able to incorporate their interests and background knowledge into your lessons so that the new material will not seems as intimidating. Lastly, go at the pace of the student, and re-visit material they haven’t mastered. I believe, to the extent possible, in tailoring the lessons to the student’s abilities and interests.
I studied English at the University of Washington, with an emphasis on Creative Writing. I selected, when I had the chance, mainly twentieth century literature or literature written by minority authors. Most of this was focused on South Asian fiction, but I also took a class on Chicano literature. One of my courses at Western covered fiction written for young adults. I am very familiar with the books assigned to high school students.
I have taught high school English for the honors and general curriculum. This includes topics such as Literature and Journalism. I like working with students through the writing process, from brainstorming to outlining to revisions.
I am a member of Scribophile. I write and critique the work of fellow writers. I consistently give constructive feedback.