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Project Write — Inspire Me!

Publication: National Park Service
Date: December 11, 2012

Summary: Park Ranger Renee Albertoli is the 2012 recipient of the National Park Service's Freeman Tilden Award for interpretive excellence. Albertoli was honored for creating a writing enrichment program for high school students entitled "Project Write — Inspire Me!" The program is a collaboration of Independence National Historical Park and the Philadelphia Writing Project.

 

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Park Ranger Renee Albertoli from Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia is the 2012 recipient of the National Park Service's Freeman Tilden Award for interpretive excellence. Albertoli was honored for creating a writing enrichment program for high school students entitled "Project Write — Inspire Me!"

Albertoli collaborated with the Philadelphia Writing Project on this innovative two-week workshop for 20 local students where they learned that issues debated by the Founding Fathers are still relevant today. Questions pondered 225 years ago in early handset printed materials are the same ones discussed today in social media.

The participants discovered that the park's "old buildings" serve as conduits to explore the great and continuing questions of democracy. They studied historic documents, visited park sites, met with subject matter experts, held active discussions, then expressed in writing their feelings about topics such as "In Pursuit of Liberty," "Power of the Press," and "House Divided/Nation Divided."

The students eagerly shared their accomplishments with others through social media and a literary magazine. They engaged in a dialogue with the virtual community through a blog and tweets. The students also expressed their creativity in videos posted to YouTube and a photo album on Facebook. Their literary magazine, entitled Let Freedom Write, featured original poetry, short stories, editorials and political cartoons. As a result of this summer program, Independence National Historical Park is collaborating with the Philadelphia Writing Project and the School District of Philadelphia on a 10th grade language arts curriculum unit.

Watch Video of Student Project

Watch Video of Student Project

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