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Virtual Writing Marathon

Revisiting "Reading and (re)writing historical markers, monuments, murals, and other public texts"

Philadelphia Writing Project (PhilWP) teacher consultants hosted a joint PhilWP and Sip + Teaching with Primary Sources event on Friday, February 19, from 5:30 to 6:30pm ET.

Participants embarked on a virtual writing marathon across the city using a digital story map created using StoryMapJS. The story map features videos, news articles, and primary sources about Philadelphia's monuments, murals, historic markers, and other public texts. The virtual writing marathon was a follow-up event to our September webinar.

Writing marathons are a tradition embraced by local sites of the National Writing Project (NWP). Due to the necessity of moving programs online in the past year, local NWP sites hosted a number of virtual writing marathons in 2020.

StoryMap with Teacher Stories and Text Sets

Check out the StoryMap JS we used for the virtual writing marathon.

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