One key 7th grade writing skill
Is your kid argumentative? Make sure they learn this skill! One teacher describes how seventh graders should address opposing viewpoints in their essays.
6th grade writing
In the first year of middle school, kids are expected to write essays and stories, share their writing, and compare literary texts.
7th grade writing
Seventh graders sharpen their writing skills by writing arguments, essays, research reports, and stories — and presenting them to the class.
8th grade writing
Teens forge their identities through writing — especially as they write opinion papers based on factual evidence.
The nonfiction revolution
Nonfiction is now more important than ever. Here's what it means for your child.
Your middle schooler and Common Core
The new standards may change how your child experiences reading, math, and writing. Get the lowdown on what will — and won't — be emphasized in class.
7 Common Core questions for parents
Eighty-five percent of U.S. students live in states adopting the new Common Core State Standards. Here are the essential questions — and answers — to get you up to speed.
Raising grateful kids
Are children who learn how to count their blessings healthier and happier?