Your child will begin to:
• Be able to read adult newspapers and magazines. She may have a topic of particular interest - such as sports - that she reads about with great enthusiasm. If she only reads certain magazines or only concentrates on one section of the newspaper, avoid criticism: It's better that she become comfortable with adult reading than shun it for the more passive experience of watching television.
• Hold up her end of a dinner conversation. She'll do this by summarizing her point of view clearly and logically and putting ideas that she heard at school or read in a book into her own words. When she's relating a story, she should be sticking to significant details, rather than minor, irrelevant items.
• Write research reports and book reviews for school and become familiar with the proper style for bibliographies, footnoting and outlining. She will also be spending more time at the library and getting comfortable with its resources: encyclopedias, computer-based search engines and electronic card catalogs, for instance.
• Be expected to do rough drafts, then proofread them, looking for spelling and grammatical errors as well as flaws in logic or the way her written work "flows."