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Discourse and Argumentation Skills

Sep 16, 2016 2016-09-16

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Writing Platform Giving Youth a Voice in the Election

Today’s teens may not yet be able to vote, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have something to say about the election. Letters to the Next President 2.0 (L2P 2.0) supports and amplifies that youth voice, giving students, aged 13–18, an opportunity to speak out on the issues that matter to them, as well as helping the next generation of citizens develop discourse and argumentation skills crucial to their participation in civic life. The initiative provides a wealth of resources and support for educators so they can integrate the program into their class projects or simply introduce youth to this unique publishing opportunity. Videos and webinars are posted to give educators creative catalysts for using L2P 2.0 in their lesson plans this fall. Educators create an account on the website and then invite their students to register and begin crafting letters in written or multimedia formats. The publishing website will stay open for student submissions through November 8, and all published letters will be available to the public through the presidential inauguration in January 2017. Culminating activities are in the planning stages. L2P 2.0 is jointly hosted by the National Writing Project (NWP) and KQED, together with a growing number of public media and educator innovator partners. Teachers and adult mentors interested in signing up and supporting students can register on the L2P 2.0 website. They can also follow the initiative on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #2nextprez.

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