Your child begins to:
• See connections between the novels she reads for school and her own life. This habit can be an outgrowth of adolescent egocentrism, but it's also useful as an incentive to continue reading.
• Add new and more complex words and expressions to his vocabulary. Try not to chuckle if he uses a word that seems too advanced to fit the situation ("That burrito was splendiferous"); at least he's trying.
• Be able to determine whether something is fact or opinion.
• Use a variety of literary techniques in her writing - including suspense, dialogue, episodes and flashbacks - looking to spice up their stories with elaborate twists and turns.