Encourage your child to try his hand at the following types of writing—and any others he is interested in:
Writing to convince. A letter to the editor of your local paper is a great way to do this. Middle schoolers often have strong social consciences. Ask your child to try to convince others of his opinions.
Writing to inform. The newspaper is still a good venue here. Only now your child takes the reporter’s role and writes about the facts. Challenge him to think of an event he could turn into a good story for the school paper.
Writing to keep in touch. Has your child ever seen you sigh as you go through the mail and it’s nothing but bills and junk? A real letter is a day-brightener. Have him make the day of a relative or friend.
Writing to entertain. This could be a story, poem, play, joke, or lyrics to a song. Encourage your child to pick one of these and be as creative as he can.
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