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“Connected ELA” is a one-semester English Language Arts course for middle and high school students. We invite you to choose five playlists, one from each row or section below. Each playlist meets the standards and is equivalent to 11 hours of seat-time in a traditional classroom. All five playlists equal the work you would have done and standards you would have achieved in a 54-hour semester-long English class. In the five rows or sections below, you will be asked to:
Start an Inquiry
Write About Literature
Create a Digital Portfolio
A complete portfolio can earn you an English credit if you are doing this work with a licensed teacher.
How to Get Started
Open four tabs in your browser. You will need to go back and forth between these tabs to do the work for this course. See below.
Sign up or log in at your email and at three free online platforms, one in each tab.
Your mentor or teacher may have already created accounts for you on these sites.
If so, log in to each when you need them.
(Teachers can copy and send this datasheet to [email protected] for bulk memberships. Only columns B and F are required.)
Or, accept our invitation to register yourself on these free tools for online reading and writing, then return to this page to join a couple of groups in #3, just below:
This is a youth-powered social network and multimedia 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 10,000 posts and over 17,000 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.