Youth Voices Challenges and Tasks (aligned with Common Core Learning Standards) June 2013

Name_______________________________________________  Class/Course/Period_________________________ Date/Level_________________________

My Question (and 5 key words):__________________________________________________ (__________, __________, __________, __________, __________)

Complete the 5 Challenges in the left column by doing the 4 tasks to the right of each. Keep track of your progress on this page. More details at


and Common Core

Learning Standards

Reflect & Connect Tasks

Keep Track and

Make Connections

Wonder & Dream Tasks

Point to What's Important

and Ask Questions

Notice & Investigate Tasks

Analyze and

Draw Conclusions

Construct & Express Tasks

Create and Collaborate

with Multimedia

Citing Evidence

in Conversations

Engage in authentic conversations using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. (Writing 12.1)

 Comment on a Youth

Voices Discussion. Use Comment Guides: General Discussion or Agree/Disagree to write 5-paragraph comments.

 Search to find a Discussion about an issue that you are also following (Row 3) or a book you are reading (Row 2). Write 5-paragraph comments, using the guides.

 Add a comment to a Discus- sion. Take a position and support it with evidence from an article you have copied quotes from. Use Guide: Quoting a Source in a Comment.

 Reply to other people’s

comments on a Discussion that you

started on Youth Voices or one that

you commented on earlier. Write 5-

paragraph replies using the guides.

Independent Reading

Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts

independently and proficiently.

(Reading 11.10 & 12.10)

Current Title ________________


 Read, then in Docs, freewrite. Say how a part of your book is similar to or different from something that you've seen in the news. Use Literature Response Guides. Share Doc with teacher and peers.

Read more, then add to your Doc. Write about a theme in your book or a hard-to-answer question. Speculate about the answers.  Use Literature Response Guides. Post as a Youth Voices Discussion.

 Read more, then in a new Doc, describe how something is an example of a basic pattern that you've learned about in other books or articles.  Use Literature Response Guides. Share Doc with teacher and peers.

 Read further, then add to your Doc. Quote from your book and from a Discussion on Youth Voices (Row 1) to compare or contrast a topic discussed in both places. Post as a Youth Voices Discussion.



Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

(Reading 12.1)

Find a Wikipedia article, a current news item, or a blog post related to your research question. Print it or upload a PDF in Crocodoc, then read and annotate every paragraph with questions, opinions, reactions. In a Doc, write, using the Basic Non-Fiction or Wikipedia Response Guide, then Post as a Discussion.

 Find 2 or 3 journal articles, reports, or scholarly studies on your inquiry. Print  or add PDF to Crocodoc, then read and annotate. These sources should have higher text complexity and be academic. Next wite Dialectical Notes. Later, you will link dialectical notes and articles at the bottom of your final Discussion Post (collage essay).

Write in Docs, following the Reclaim your topic steps, or write transcriptions and citations, following Relevant and reliable sources, then post a Discussion. Ask yourself: 1. What are the most important things I’ve come to understand? 2. How can I use my information to make those things clear to someone else?

 Go deeper into your research by doing one of the following: 1.Make a Creative Commons photo essay; 2. Create an EDU-YouTube playlist; 3. Collect iTunes and NPR podcasts. Use Dialectical Notes. Share Presentation or playlist and docs with your teacher and peers. Later you’ll add it to your final Discussion Post (collage essay).

Formulating Arguments

in Areas of Interest

Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid rea-
soning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Explore and inquire into areas of interest to formulate an argument. (Writing 12.1)

 Freewrite about what you are thinking about your question. Or do Loops or use the Composing Guidelines. Use Docs. Share with your teacher and peers. Later add transcriptions and citations from research. Finish the other tasks in this challenge before you post.

 Add comments to your

peers’ Docs and share your writing

with them. Chat with your peers if

they are working at the same time.

Begin revising your post by adding,

subtracting, rearranging, replacing

text. Use Structured Essays. Finish

the last two tasks before you post.

 Add “quote sandwiches” to your writing. Introduce, insert, and interpret three or more quotations from this week’s sources (Row 3). Add these to your Doc. Revise, proofread, spell-check, cite, and link to sources. Use Guide Adding Quotations. Create a collage essay (next) before you post.

 Create a collage essay,using and revising all writing about your question. Post a Discussion. Add CC images or  EDU-YouTube videos. Use Cite This For Me to create a List of Sources. Record it using Audacity or YouTube, and add this mp3 or video to your final Discussion Post.

Self-Directed Learning

Use technology to publish

multimedia products in response to feedback. (Writing 12.6) (Plus: 2 Profile Tasks: ENG, SS, ART, SCI.)

 Add a video-, audio- or written journal to the detox section of your profile: What have you been noticing lately?

 Add a video-, audio- or written

journal to the detox section of

your profile: What dreams are you

working to turn into reality?

 Add a video-, audio- or written

journal to the detox section of your

profile: What connections are you

making with people and information?

 Add a video-, audio- or written

journal to the detox section of your

profile: What have you been doing

that’s awesome?