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We invite you to get started using your profile on Youth Voices!
What is a Youth Voices profile?
It can be your personal, online…
locker (where you can put video, audio, images, GIFs, and text that are important to you)
homeroom (where you stay connected with your Youth Voices friends)
home base (where you come back to re-focus)
home page (all of the work you’ve put on Youth Voices and NowComment will be organized here)
fortress of solitude
headquarters (where you can find the resources to answer all of your questions)
room of your own
clean, well-lighted place (where you can explore your own thoughts and writing)
place online like a YouTube channel/Instagram page/Facebook feed (for school, of course)
We want you to set up your Youth Voices profile. We’ll show you the basics, and a few tools, and then you’re on your own! We hope you keep track of your experiences and your learning in the updates on your profile (What’ new… ?), and that you comment and reply to your current friends’ updates — and maybe you will find some new friends here on Youth Voices!
Your goal for this playlist is to complete the three activities in the boxes below. As you finish each of these endeavors, your work will be collected in the timeline of your profile. At a later time, we’ll ask you to bookmark the items in your timeline that are most meaningful to you, and we’ll ask you to reflect on and assess your learning using the Habits of Mind.
[1 of 3] Personalize Your Profile
We invite you to personalize your profile by adding a profile picture and a cover photo, then by writing your first status update. And don’t stop there! Keep adding text, image, video, and GIF updates every day!
We are asking you to start writing at least one Doc in Youth Voices every day, to keep a public and private journal. (Keep in mind that teachers can see even your private docs.) Anybody who visits your profile will be able to click on the Docs tab and see your journal. Each time you save a doc, an update with the title is posted on your profile’s timeline. At a later time, we will ask you to bookmark the public journal entries that are most meaningful to you and to say why by referring to the Habits of Mind.
Informal writing for yourself, like in a writer’s notebook, with some drafts revised or developed collaboratively
Youth write daily journals where they freewrite, capture first impressions, create first drafts, express their thoughts, speculate about important questions, and more. They also invite peers and teachers to respond to their docs, and they revise and proofread their work here.
All Recent Public Docs
Habits of Mind you will practice when you do this activity:
[3 of 3] Connect with Comments
We invite you to look through the Youth Voices site. There are thousands of posts! Find one that interests you. Read it carefully. Add a comment to the post you read. Watch this video to see how.
How to do this, step-by-step:
There are guides for writing a comment linked below.
Think about what you want to say and what effect you want to have on the writer/producer, then choose one of these guides to help you write your comment. You can follow the guide exactly, or you can change it up!
Don’t make this a one-off! We hope you do this often, coming back to Youth Voices a couple of times a week to connect with other youth around issues that you care about by leaving them thoughtful comments and replies.
Links to your comments are added to the timeline on your profile. At a later time, we’ll ask you to bookmark the comments that are most meaningful to you and to reflect on and assess this work using the Habits of Mind.
Exemplars and Thirty Recent Examples
Exemplary Comments on Edwin’s Bio ELL Post
30 Most Recent Comments on Youth Voices
Dear Bethzy: I am sad after reading your poem, “Talking To The Sun,” because I can understand this. Anyone who…
I enjoy your post, it is short but it is also straightforward. It gets to the point, the injustice that…
Dear Sara, I really enjoyed reading about your feelings during quarantine. I found this poem to be really relatable. A…
We can clone extinct animals for entertainment or science, because it is an interesting and exciting way to learn about…
I think that it is a good comment because The mother imagine herself in a completely different perspective which is…
I guess, but wouldn’t it be good if we didn’t have to make this choice.
I really like what you’ve written! I just gave my 8th grade students a similar assignment, and yours would be…
I am an 8th grade Language Arts teacher, and I was just introduced to this site. I love what you’ve…
Hi My Name is Ashley I agree but the stress came from the pandemic all the remote learning that students…
Hi My Name is Amra I Daniel I have a question Why don’t you like going to Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks?
Dear Brendaly: I am moved by your post on The Hate U Give and racial injustice because it so powerfully connected the text to…
.Dear Brendaly: I like how you are able to compare the story to real life events. I see the connection…
Dear Brendaly: I am intrigued with your post, “Injustice,” because it discusses one of the hardest parts of the book and connects to what…
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “After this part of the book, most readers probably will…
I like how you make the comparison to the real world. If you think about it, there are many stories…
I totally agree with this post. And look at me here failing, even though I know the stuff, but my…
I am a prolific professor from harvard university. These outrages claims anger me. In my personal research I have found…
Covid-19 impacted world-wide. The pre-caution that has to be done on Covid-19 has to be taken serious. Following guidelines will…
I enjoyed your post because during these unfortunate times and killing is unacceptable. I agree that everyone should be treated…
Really? Sometimes it’s important to quit something before you can start something more positive. Have you ever done something like…
can u please accept i love this FYI i think y’all should tell other people what you think because prime…
we had to end it some how
you are making it sound like we were the bad guys in ww2 but do you even know how many…
I think this is not tru because without guns we can be good but we could be attacked from a…
YES I love this anime so much and I wish that I could watch it all day.
I love this and I can’t wait tooo
can you tell me how to freind
This is really good i am flabberghasted
this is very good i like how it explains the details good
Habits of Mind you will practice when you do this activity:
Habits of Mind you will practice when you do all of the activities in this playlist:
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.