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Supporting Your Middle or High Schooler’s Writing Skills at Home

February 2021

Strong writing skills are crucial for students to communicate, succeed in school, and prepare for a career. Just like their younger peers, middle and high schoolers need opportunities to practice and improve writing skills. This resource, co-developed by REL Northwest and REL Southwest, describes several approaches that families and caregivers can use to support their middle or high schooler’s writing skills. The handout builds on evidence-based strategies from the What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide Teaching Secondary Students to Write Effectively and includes an example process log that students can use to record information and reflections as they move through the stages of the writing process.