Academic Reading and Writing (ARW) is the name of the English class we teach many ninth-graders at the high school where I teach. Since the majority of our school is composed of English Language Learners, many take ARW. The curriculum is accessible to advanced English Language Learners and, with modifications, can be used with Intermediate level students, too.
You can go the the ARW Page on my website to see many links connected to the themes we teach in the class, including ones on Natural Disasters, New Orleans, Latino Studies, Mt. Everest, Jamaica, and Nelson Mandela.