Ohio Writing Project and the Total Eclipse

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Ohio Writing Project

Miami University

What is the Ohio Writing Project?

The Ohio Writing Project is a site of the National Writing Project at Miami University. OWP is a network of K-12 Teachers, university faculty, researchers, and writers working to advance writing and the teaching of writing. With 45 years of expertise, OWP offers professional learning for teachers and students through on-site school sessions, credit workshops, advanced degrees, and community writing events.

We can't think of a better reason to read, write and create!

On April 8, 2024, much of the OWP teacher community will be near or in the total solar eclipse path. In partnership with the Dayton Aviation National Heritage Park and the National Writing Project, and the Wick Poetry Center, OWP teachers have created and collected classroom and community resources connected to the solar eclipse.

These resources were inspired by the dual stories of Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Wright brothers. As classmates, Paul and Orville wrote in their botany sketchbooks and the Wright Brothers printed Dunbar’s first newspaper. Like the intersection of their friendship, the solar eclipse provides an intersection of writing and science. During his career, Dunbar wrote “A Madrigal” featuring the line, “all the world is in eclipse.”

Explore the resources below and join us on April 6 at the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, 16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH, 45402 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for OWP Eclipse Day, and make sure to join us for the total eclipse on April 8, 2024.


OWP Resources

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Ohio Writing Project

Miami University

1. Classroom Resources

Check out these Reading, Writing and Creating with the Solar Eclipse resources for classroom ready inspiration. A focus of many of the resources is Dunbar's poem, "A Madrigal" which features the line, "All the world is in eclipse."
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2. Shared Sky: Wick Poetry Center

Check out the Shared Sky interactive website where anyone can add writing and poetry to a collaborative community space. Use Dunbar’s “A Madrigal” to create an interactive erasure poem.
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2024 Eclipse


3. OWP Eclipse Day at the Park

Come write with OWP on Saturday, April 6 between 1-4 at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park. We'll create community poems and art.

Last updated: March 25, 2024

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16 South Williams Street
Dayton, OH 45402


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