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Middle School: School and Academics Articles

Get Your Preteen Out of a Reading Rut

Get Your Preteen Out of a Reading Rut

In middle school kids' bookshelves often starts collecting dust. The good news is that authors are coming up with great techniques to draw kids into the world of books.

Introducing the Five-Paragraph Essay

Introducing the Five-Paragraph Essay

In middle school, students are expected to organize, synthesize, and take real ownership of their essays - no small task for kids who are struggling to balance schoolwork, social life, and raging hormones. But the five paragraph essay should make students feel more in control than ever before - if ...

Reading: Getting the Main Point

Reading: Getting the Main Point

As a middle school writing aide, I know firsthand that grasping the main idea - or seeing the "big picture" - is difficult for budding readers. So to get practice my sixth graders at Corte Madera School summarize articles from newspapers.

Back to School Book Picks for Middle and High School

Back to School Book Picks for Middle and High School

Find out what teachers recommend your teens and adolescents read to get them ready for school.

How to Start Thinking about College ... in  Middle School!

How to Start Thinking about College ... in Middle School!

Believe it or not, middle school lays important foundations for higher education. And whether it's calendars or coursework, there's a lot you can do now to pave the way for high school and college success.

Tackling Theme in Literature

Tackling Theme in Literature

A theme is an idea or message about life, society, or human nature. And it is often the most hardest element for a middle schooler to identify in a book. But by asking questions as you read your child will be able to better identify themes.

Book Therapy: A Middle School Reading List

Book Therapy: A Middle School Reading List

How can parents encourage independence and help tweens cope with middle school? The answer may be as simple as giving them a good book.