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Writing Skills in Adolescents

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about writing skills in adolescents?

Writing skills are your child's ability to express thoughts and ideas in writing. Writing skills start when children are young but continue to develop through adolescence. Your child needs strong reading and writing skills as part of literacy. He or she may be good at reading but have trouble with writing.

Why are writing skills important?

Your child will need to write in every class he or she takes, including math and science. He or she may learn information more easily by writing about it. Writing also helps show that your child understands the information. Your child will need strong writing skills to apply for and succeed in college. Your child will need to be able to fill out a job application. He or she may have to write as part of his or her job duties.

How may my child develop writing skills?

In grades 4 through 12, your child may have specific language arts or English classes. Your child's other classes may expect that he or she has strong writing skills. Your child may write well in one school subject but not in another. The following are writing skills your child will develop in grades 4 through 12:

What can I do to help my child develop strong writing skills?

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