WMWP/SPAR Writing Marathon
Some Guiding Questions to Spark Writing (if you need it)
- Write a journal entry from an Armory worker, using either a machine or one of the displays as inspiration
- Design your own engineering machine or device
- Write a letter to the superintendent of the Springfield Armory during WW2 or some earlier times, posing some questions
- Who is not represented here? Write about how museums make decisions and how those decisions impact whose stories are told, and not told.
Photo Gallery/Special Exhibit
- Choose a single image for your focus. Create a visual inventory of the image by writing about everything you see in the photograph -- no detail is too small.
- Make a connection between two or more of the images. What story can you write that is inspired by the images.
- Imagine you are hired as a photographer for the Springfield Armory during its time of operation. Make a journal entry about your work -- what you saw, and what you were hoping to capture.
- Take one image and sketch it as a drawing. Or turn it into a comic.
- Visit the display with gun stocks -- and read the carved inscriptions. Draw your own rifle stock, and invent/tell the story behind your art.
- Write about discomfort some teachers might have in bringing students here and then counter it with some reasons why it might be useful. You could craft it as an argument -- for and against the Springfield Armory as a site of a field trip.
- Read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem. Write a response to it. Or take a line of the poem for a walk (meaning: choose a line, write it down and then build a story or new poem from it).
- Design a “gun” or weapon that only brings good into the world. What would it look like? What would it do?
- Imagine the time when this entire complex was all part of the Springfield Armory operation. Write about this place -- whose story might you tell? The commandant/superintendent? A floor manager? A worker?
- Go to the overlook of Springfield. Take in the sights. Make an argument about why this location was a good place for the United States government to build one of its two federal armories.
- Choose a building and sketch it out. Write about what you think the building was once used for.
The Wartime Sisters novel (passages)
- Read a page from the novel. Write a story in the voice of the character. You can either write what happens before the events on this page or after. Or something completely different, but in the voice of the character
- Write a letter to the author, asking questions about the Armory as setting for a novel.
- After reading the passage, what comes to mind for you about the history of the Springfield Armory and the people who worked here? How do you imagine the operations here changes the fabric of the Pioneer Valley?
- Take a line of the passage for a walk (meaning: choose a line, write it down and then build a story or new poem from it).
- Connect a primary source document to the passage and write about the connection you see between the story and the primary source
Or just write what you want ….