You can play Youth Radio's segments in the classroom; they'd be great in a civics, history, or current events class. The kids of Youth Radio are very real and often offer a very honest take that doesn't always appear in the standard news world. Segments can spark discussion on anything from Afghanistan to graffiti. Also, they're often featured on NPR's Marketplace, meaning that you could definitely find some economy-related radio clips to play for your students.Continue reading Show less
Youth Radio is part of a nonprofit that gives kids hands-on training in all aspects of new media and journalism, allowing them to have a voice in the national dialogue. It is also a great resource for kids interested in media careers. Kids can access articles and videos written and created by young journalists in training (that also often air on NPR stations) on the site. Visit the Newsroom for news on education, science, technology, and other newsworthy topics. In the Classroom section of the site, you can tune in to a Raw Show, which features music and short kid-created media. The Creative Studio contains features like Remix Your Life, where kids create performances based on their lives. On Our Radar Desk features curated content from other youth-media sources.
It's great for learning. Whether students show up to hear news or to learn about media making, they'll be pleased with what Youth Radio has to offer. They can learn about current and pressing issues that affect teen life around the U.S. and the world. As they browse the site, they'll learn about media production, podcasting, and what's involved in creating a weekly radio program. Students can also learn that there are many different viewpoints when it comes to the big issues and that each person's experience deserves to be shared. At Youth Radio, kids can learn along with a diverse group of young voices who are navigating the world's big and small issues.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person’s life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Speaking & Listening
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.