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Skim First, Answer Later: A Textbook Study Strategy

Textbook studying doesn't have to be a slog. Here's an at-home activity for before your middle-schooler begins those end-of-the-chapter review questions.

Get Metaphor and Simile Savvy Through Writing

Here's a review of simile, metaphor, and personification, and a fun, creative writing activity to make things like metaphor a piece of cake!

Lit.'s in the Cards!

Here's a game to help ensure that your teenager hits the important aspects of analyzing a piece of literature. A good grade is in the cards!

Play Mood Charades!

Have your kid try his hand at mood charades. It's a great way to promote social development and hone reading comprehension skills, not to mention tons of fun!

Reading The Odyssey

Who remembers their ancient Greek history? Here's a teen-friendly refresher course in the epic poem The Odyssey, as well as SAT vocabulary your teen can use.

Public Speaking 101

Here's a fun way to get the whole family involved in helping your high schooler prepare to give a speech, while creating a family keepsake in the process!

What's Eating Hamlet? Reading Shakespeare

Here's a quick look at the Hamlet, the classic Shakespearean tragedy, as well as useful SAT vocabulary to give your teen a leg up in English class and beyond.

How to Write Science Fiction

Want to get your bookworm interested in science? Check out this cool activity that teaches kids how to write science fiction!

Collaborative Poetry

In this activity, create a poem that emerges from the collaboration of parent and teen in the activity of observing, discussing, reading, and writing.

CD Review

Make a deal with your teen: You'll buy her that new album on iTunes if she listens to it all the way through...and then writes a thoughtful review on it.

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