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Middle School: School and Academics Articles

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.

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 ...

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.

The Write Stuff: Introducing Genre to Middle Schoolers

The Write Stuff: Introducing Genre to Middle Schoolers

Kids must become familiar with different forms of writing before they can break free from their sets of rules. Here's a sampling of types of writing, examples of prompts your child may face, and tips to tackle them.

A Secret Weapon for 6th Graders

A Secret Weapon for 6th Graders

Other than starting kindergarten, sixth grade is the biggest jump kids have ever taken in school. Not surprisingly, many children feel completely overwhelmed.

Ready for Middle School?

Ready for Middle School?

Hormones are raging. Voices changing. Pimples forming. Bodies growing faster than humanly possible. It's time for middle school, whether you and your child are ready or not!

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.