My teen reads so fast I don't think he's absorbing anything. What can I do?

High school literature -- with its emphasis on classic writers -- can be a source of frustration or joy. If your teen is speed-reading and you're not sure he's absorbing the material, ask questions about plot, characters, and narrative style, and decide whether his answers reflect deep understanding. Check his writing, too, which will give an indication of comprehension.

There are a few other ways to support your teen's reading, depending on his needs. If you think your kid needs a boost in reading comprehension and general high school literacy skills, try these apps and websites:

  • Vocabulary.com
    Both a website and an app, Vocabulary.com offers vocab practice that emphasizes comprehension over memorization.
  • Brightstorm.com
    For those who learn by watching, these instructive videos from real educators cover a wide variety of topics.
  • Shakespeare in Bits
    Multimedia effects bring the Bard to life.

If, on the other hand, you get the sense your kid just really loves reading and would love to find kindred spirits, consider these websites:

  • Goodreads.com
    The home of real bookworms on the Internet, this website is a great place to discuss books.
  • Shelfari.com
    Part social network, part crowd-sourced encyclopedia, Shelfari is a cozy spot to share a love of reading.
  • Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips
    A fun podcast for real word nerds, Grammar Girl enlightens and entertains -- and lets you know you're not the only one who cares about grammar. 
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