The early adolescent years bring a lot of developmental changes for children. Their growing cognitive abilities mean they can handle texts that are more sophisticated in form and content than those they read in elementary school. Students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade also develop new interests, and because they are especially keen at this age to seem knowledgeable to the people around them, look to learn more about those interests through reading. Some of their interests are personal, reflecting the transformation they are experiencing individually and socially, and others are external, pertaining to events and issues in their community and beyond. The reading young teens do is both a mirror that helps them see with more clarity the changes they are going through, and a window through which they can explore a world that suddenly seems both more interesting and more complicated than they had realized.
In middle school, the teaching of reading often splits into two branches. Children are expected to develop high-level reading comprehension skills not only in English/language arts, but also in content areas such as Social Studies. Many schools combine English and Social Studies for this age group, referring to this blended approach as Humanities
To support them as readers, our tutors teach middle school students the comprehension strategies they need to navigate the challenging texts they are assigned to read in their reading or language arts/ELA classes, be they short narrative and nonfiction texts or long novels or plays. Tutors focus on helping students develop their own ideas about the texts; support these ideas with details from the texts; and communicate their thinking both orally and in writing.
Our master tutors help students in sixth through eight grade excel at reading literature with the goal of analyzing for theme, and at reading non-fiction with the goal of synthesizing information. They are well-versed in teaching children to recognize, name and extend their own lines of thinking about texts. Tutors give students strategies for doing well on standardized assessments that require them to write short and extended responses to literary and expository texts, and help them prepare to participate meaningfully in class discussions.
Our master tutors are knowledgeable about to the many books that hit the right spot for early adolescents, that is, not too babyish nor too mature. Because our tutors get to know your child, they can help them with independent reading required by their teachers through recommending books in various genres that they know will be of high-interest to your child.