Telling Stories with Maps

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Telling Stories with Maps

By: Shana Crosson | Tech Tips | March 7, 2017

Maps are a fantastic tool to tell stories. Their visual storytelling style works so well for students and it teaches map reading skills at the same time. ESRI's Story Maps Gallery is a great place to find Story Maps. Explore two of our favorites:

Screenshot of the Interesting Facts about Minnesota Story Map

Check out the Minnesota Facts Map Journal for maps and text showing many aspects of the state, from the Mall of America to the watershed districts.

screenshot of Justice Deferred, a Story Map about Japanese Internment Camps

'Justice Deferred' explores Executive Order 9066 and the Japanese Internment Camps during WWII. See how geography and map exploration help answer questions about historic events.