The development of effective skills of written communication is a core academic enterprise in the middle school. Writing is generally not, however, considered an academic discipline or subject area in itself, but rather a set of skills developed and applied across all disciplines in the service of multiple purposes. Although writing is essential to all subject areas, the teaching of writing in middle school is most explicitly incorporated into an English or language arts curriculum.

Several levels of opportunity exist for developing writing talent in the context of the middle school curriculum. These range from differentiated instruction in the core curriculum, to the exploration of potential interests and talents related to writing through short-term elective and enrichment opportunities, to more intensive, individualized learning options. Though potential ...

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