By Anindita Basu Sempere
Summary by ASCD SmartBrief
"Schools often provide students with summer reading lists, says Anindita Basu Sempere, executive director of TheWritingFaculty.com, but students need to practice writing during the summer, too. Sempere offers eight summer writing activities to help build students' critical-thinking and writing skills. The exercises include writing essays, blogs, screenplays, journals and reviews. "Through writing, children and adolescents can develop their unique voices while working through questions that interest them," Sempere writes."