Seeking advice on this one. I have a number of children in my year 8 classes who are 'non readers' and can barely write. Classes have 34 pupils of mixed ability. The top ability have reading ages of 15/16 and I feel like they need to be pushed a bit more to develop their analytical skills. However the weakest have reading ages of 7. In a couple of cases I've seen them reading the same books as my 5 year old. I do differentiate the work in that I have simplified sheets and tasks and textbooks with highlighted answers but some of them can't manage even when you read the highlighted answer to them. How the hell do you get them to comprehend topics like the English Civil War? Advice on how to cope with this huge gap in abilities with the classes would be much appreciated.