Middle school children are becoming interested in improving the world around them. These interests are good opportunities for learning. When your child shows enthusiasm for a cause, ask her to write a letter to the editor of your newspaper.
You can’t promise the letter will be printed. But there’s always a chance. Have your child include her age. Editors are always looking for thoughtful writing by young people.
No matter what happens to the letter, your child will have found a good outlet for expressing her beliefs. She will get practice in organizing her thoughts on paper.
Since letters should be brief, deciding which points to include is important. This teaches logic. And checking the paper to see whether the letter has been printed is a great way to encourage reading.
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