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As you read a text, listen to audio, or watch a video consider how the questions here focus your reading/viewing/listening on specific parts of the text’s/media’s content and craft, and also focus on how you might engage in a conversation with the writer.
Please note the questions are numbered but this is not meant to imply they need to be addressed in that order. Some texts/media may lead to the reader/listener/viewer to address specific questions, but not others.
What do I already know and think about this issue? The author? The publication or broadcast site? How do I know all this?
What in the piece do I agree with? What in the piece do I disagree with?(connected to argues a position based on evidence attribute)
Is the piece written in a way, its tone and word choice, that invites me to respond thoughtfully and respectfully? (connected to pubic voice attribute)
Does the piece help me understand why the writer believes the civic issue addressed is important to the public? (connected to advocating civic engagement attribute)
What is the civic change or action being advocated? Is this civic action or change both feasible and reasonable? (connected to advocating civic engagement attribute)
Is there enough thoughtfully discussed evidence to support the civic position? (connected to argues a position based on evidence attribute)
Does the piece ignore an alternative position, or does piece (when needed) strengthen its position by acknowledging and grappling with another view? (connected to argues a position based on evidence attribute)
Is the piece organized and structured in a way that makes it easy to understand and follow? (connected to employs a structure attribute)
Is the piece convincing? Does the reasoning and argument make sense? Is the writer credible, a voice worth listening to?(connected to public voice and argues a position attributes)
This is a youth-powered publishing platform that was started in 2003 by a group of teachers from local sites of the National Writing Project.
We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It's easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other's work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it's been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
There are over 8,000 posts and over 13,000 comments by young people on the site on topics as diverse as the American Dream, Shakespeare, and sports as well as original poems and stories.
Youth Voices is a platform for youth to write about their interests, both in school and outside of school: what they are reading, what their hobbies or future careers might be, what they enjoy in their spare time. Like all of us, students follow our national leadership and form opinions. They are also welcome to write about those topics as well.
Youth Voices is fully non-partisan and welcomes youth of all types, from all regions, and with all viewpoints. Educators support youth in writing and thoughtfully responding to each other through the use of commenting guides, using tags to show common interests, playlists to support self-guided inquiry; opinions expressed by writers are their own.
If being part of such a community makes sense to you, we invite you to join us. We welcome all youth and any teacher interested in having students publish online and participate in the give and take of a social network like Youth Voices.