Supporting Civically Engaged Argument Writing with Primary Sources

Webinar Series

Searching for Digitized Historical Primary Sources About Black Women Leaders in Philadelphia

Sunday, May 21, 2022

2:00 - 3:00pm ET

In this webinar, we:

  • described some of the digitized primary source databases available through the Library of Congress

  • shared a list of Black Women Leaders in Philadelphia provided in the book They Carried Us: The Social Impact of Philadelphia's Black Women Leaders (Baker-Rogers & Traylor, 2020)

  • collaboratively searched databases for primary sources that show the histories of Black Women Leaders in Philadelphia


Webinar: Searching for Digitized Historical Primary Sources About Black Women Leaders in Philadelphia — Philadelphia Writing Project — February 2022

Sources We Identified

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.