These are some of my favorite links for parents regarding what middle level schools, young adolescence, and the reading/writing connection is all about.
The Parent Connection is an excellent link for parents of middle level students. This link was designed for principals and teachers to send information home to parents but you can access it as well. There are many articles like, Middle Level Sports Done Right, and What Makes Young Adolescents Tick, A Primer. I enjoy reading these articles and I know you will, too. I am sure you will learn all types of things about your preteen or teen.
www.carnegie.org/sub/pubs/reports/great_transitions/gr_chpt3.html - 38k
The Carnegie foundation has funded many research findings in the area Young Adolescent Developmental Characteristics and Needs. The following is a chapter about reengaging familes with their preteens and teens.
This website is to help parents and families get more involved in their children's school and education. It is serviced by the federal governemnt and has a wealth of information.
Midlink Magazine is an award winning digital magazine for students 8-18 by students 8-18. It features links to student English projects and original writings. We will be sending in our work to this site as well as other sites.
Teen Ink is one of my favorite magazines for Teens. I have had several students published in this magazine and will continue to submit student work.
This site has many exciting language arts activities. I go here and browse and borrow. You can, too.