Teen Ink: The Classic Resource in Young Adult Writing

Free! Teen Ink is a comprehensive website dedicated to young adult writers and readers. After launching the website, users can click the buttons on the top and left side of the screen to navigate the website. The Magazine, Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction buttons allow users to read, vote for, and comment on pieces of writing composed by other young adult users. The Reviews button lets users share their thoughts about a variety of topics, ranging from books and music to controversial issues. The Forums button lets users comment about a variety of topics, related to both writing and other topics.…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 8
B. Design - 8.9
C. Engagement - 8

8.3

Teen Ink: The Classic Resource in Young Adult Writing

Summary : A Classic Resource in the World of Young Adult Writing!

Teen Ink is a comprehensive website dedicated to young adult writers and readers. After launching the website, users can click the buttons on the top and left side of the screen to navigate the website. The Magazine, Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction buttons allow users to read, vote for, and comment on pieces of writing composed by other young adult users. The Reviews button lets users share their thoughts about a variety of topics, ranging from books and music to controversial issues. The Forums button lets users comment about a variety of topics, related to both writing and other topics. The Art/Photo button allows users to view the works of other young adult users and also vote for and comment on them.  The Contests button announces different prompts users can write to and then submit their work for judging. The Summer Camps and College Guide buttons provide support to users who are learning about different opportunities for their summer time and post-secondary education.

Instructional Ideas for Teen Ink

  1. Teachers can have their students select a writing contest featured on this website to enter. Next, teachers can have students work on their writing during class, and even use a writer’s workshop to support students in crafting their piece of writing. When ready, students can submit their writing to the contest and see where it goes!
  2. Teachers can assign students a piece of fiction or nonfiction to write. As they draft their writing, students can use tools such as Grammarly and Slick Write to help fine tune their writing.
  3. When students have writer’s block, teachers can guide them to the Art/Photo section of this website and have view the content and comments posted to it for inspiration. To get students writing, teachers can have students journal why they liked the content they viewed and/or why they think the person took the image or created the artwork.
  4. When preparing for college, teachers can guide students to this website and have them view the different colleges featured in it. Students can then complete a 3-2-1 about the college where they list three facts they learned about the college, two concerns they have about the college, and one question they would like to ask an advisor about the college. Teachers can conclude this activity by having students share their 3-2-1s in small groups.
  5. To engage students in reading and writing, teachers can have students view the different topics posted under the forum section. Students can then view the trending topics and compose a response to one. Afterwards, teachers can have students summarize the topic(s) they read and the comments they added to it.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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