Encourage your child to get involved in the community and sharpen her writing skills by penning an editorial for the local paper. She'll get to play reporter for a day as she writes persuasively about a local issue that concerns or interests her. This is a fun way to introduce your child to professional writing and the writing process as well as get her thinking about her community and the world around her.
The writing process involves 6 or more stages and is a good habit for kids, especially teens looking toward college, to get into. The six main stages are: prewriting, drafting, revising, rewriting, proofreading, and publishing.