Middle School Writing
Middle school writing is essential for student learning. Students learn grammar, the author’s voice, tone, and purpose, and the many forms of writing.
- In middle school, students review and deepen their knowledge and understanding of grammar.
- As adolescents, students write personal essays on their own experiences, interests, and goals.
- Students learn how the writer’s purpose – explaining, persuading, entertaining, or informing – shapes their writing.
- They learn the different writing forms, including summarizing what they’ve learned and read, critiques of other students’ work, essays, laboratory reports, and research papers.
A good site for middle school grammar lesson plans is Better Lessons Plans. (It also covers all the writing techniques listed below) If you can’t tell your adverb from your adjective and never really understood preposition, check out Grammar Untied’s Grammar Topics. They’ve got a 10-week curriculum if you want a systematic approach, and plenty of practice grammar quizzes.
Parents can learn more about writing techniques in John Collins’ Twelve Assignments Every Middle School Student Should Write.
Another useful tool to teach elementary and secondary school writing is The Writing Teacher’s Book of Lists, by Gary Muschla. It contains vocabulary-building exercises, as well as activities, suggestions, and reproducible pages for fiction and non-fiction writing.
Advantage Learning has many years of experience teaching grammar and writing to middle schoolers. Call today to see how we can help!