The early adolescent years bring a lot of changes. Middle school students have developmental needs particular to them and distinct from those of students in elementary and high school. Just as they are maturing as people, in fits and starts, so too do they mature as writers in their ability to navigate the writing process with more independence; use author’s craft purposefully in many complicated genres; write grammatically correct sentences; and use proper punctuation accurately and artfully. Middle school students are often assigned to write research-based nonfiction in subjects such as History, Social Studies and Science, as well as literary essays, narrative non-fiction and creative writing in English/language arts. Many middle schools combine English and Social Studies, referring to this blended approach as Humanities.
Our tutors love teaching writing to middle school students because the cognitive ability of kids this age is growing so quickly and they speedily become capable of doing more as writers. Our tutors are expert at meeting the challenge of helping students improve their skills in writing with greater depth and at greater length – and enjoy the writing process. They help students successfully complete writing assignments in every subject, and, for students especially drawn to writing, help them stretch themselves in specialized courses of study and writing projects.
Our tutors teach students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade how to organize their pieces and to focus their writing by gathering the details they need, often through research. They pay special attention to teaching students how to revise their writing so that it meets grade-level standards. They show students well-written mentor (or model) texts to help them envision how to structure their writing effectively and write with precision. Diagnosing what each child’s writing lacks in terms of conventions, they provide the instruction students need in spelling, grammar and punctuation. Through tutoring sessions, middle school children learn how to make their pieces evocative and effective and to infuse their writing with voice.