Supporting Civically Engaged Argument Writing with Primary Sources

Webinar Series

Connecting Past and Present with Primary Sources and Civically Engaged Argument Writing

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

6:00 - 7:00pm ET

In this webinar, we:

  • shared some of our ongoing inquiries as practitioners around teaching with primary sources to support civically engaged argument writing

  • highlighted example digitized historical primary sources and routines for source analysis and argument writing

  • encouraged conversations about how and why we might support students in connecting past and present as they develop civically engaged arguments

Recording of Introduction


Webinar: Connecting Past and Present with Primary Civically Engaged Argument Writing — Philadelphia Writing Project — February 2022

About the Webinar Series

Teachers in our Philadelphia Writing Project network are engaging in inquiries and creating curriculum resources to support civically engaged argument writing in K-12 classrooms. This work is supported by a Teaching with Primary Sources grant from the Library of Congress.

Our emerging resources draw upon:

  1. primary sources from the Library of Congress;

  2. argument writing approaches from the National Writing Project’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program (Arshan & Park, 2021; Friedrich et al., 2018); and

  3. Gholdy Muhammad’s (2020, 2021) Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy Framework.

Check out other webinars in this series.


Arshan, N. L. & Park, C. J. (2021). Research brief: SRI finds positive effects of the College, Career, and Community Writer’s Program on student achievement. SRI International.

Friedrich, L., Bear, R., & Fox, T. (2018). For the sake of argument: An approach to teaching evidence-based writing. American Educator, 42(1), 18-40.

Muhammad, G. (2021). 12 questions to ask when designing culturally and historically responsive curriculum. Association for Middle Level Education.

Muhammad, G. (2020). Cultivating genius: An equity framework for culturally and historically responsive literacy. Scholastic.