When middle school rolls around, students discover that the writing process is a big part of their curricular demands, and not just for English class.
History, science labs, and even fine arts courses require more writing as students enter the secondary years. Homeschool students begin doing more independent work in these years as well, and we have to be careful not to demand too much from our young teens.
5 Tips for Getting Middle School Students Engaged with Writing
When kids are younger, we tend to do more fun types of writing, like nature journaling, copywork, field trip and book reports, and poetry. Once they begin more advanced studies, some tweens and teens think of writing as drudgery.
Middle schoolers are a unique and special bunch. One minute they are playing with toys, and the next minute, they are checking social media. This time of transition is when they can start good writing habits that will carry them through high school and beyond. The keys to helping them become confident writers are balance and finding ways to engage teens with writing.
In my experience with students this age, writing is not usually on their list of ‘Fun Things to Do.’ As the parent/teachers, our job is to engage them with the process and make it less intimidating for them.
Just a side note–some middle school students still struggle with handwriting and may find it easier to type instead of hand-write their words. If a computer or typewriter isn’t available, be willing to serve as your student’s scribe or let them dictate into a recording device.
5 Tips for Getting Middle School Students Engaged with the Writing Process
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