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By upgrading you can... 

1) guide your students to develop research, evaluation and analysis skills – cornerstones of success.

2) meet the specific goals of the Common Core State Standards challenging teachers and learners to build research, communication and collaboration skills and the principles of "Deeper Learning.”

3) develop in each student the art of communication, the ability to engage in critical thinking and to demonstrate the mastery of the academic building blocks necessary for a successful future.

In addition:

1) The premium website access makes it easy for teachers to find standards-based lesson plans and activities based on their curriculum needs. The fact that all stories are present supporting primary resources further enhances the teaching/learning experience.

2) AwesomeStories helps teachers and students to meet Common Core and State Standards Learning Objectives through the use of reliable resources while also guiding respect for legal content rights.

3) AwesomeStories helps you to integrate more content in the crowded curriculum space by supporting cross-subject teaching.

4) PLUS … each teacher can build, deploy and save lessons, articles, curriculum in “My Dashboard."


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AwesomeStories directs the searcher to the heart of the topic recommending relevant stories and sources. There are 7 ways to search in AwesomeStories, including the AwesomeSearch, which offers standards-based search and multiple filters.

1) All topics are presented in story form-- engaging learners in ways Google searches or sources alone could not.

2) Primary sources are linked to topical stories providing relevant and reliable context.

3) AwesomeStories’ content is standards-based and lessons/assignments/learning tasks are provided to accompany stories. The result is educationally sound. 

4) AwesomeStories format is distinctively different from Google or other generic search engines. AwesomeStories presents story topics in a multimedia magazine format with embedded videos, images, audio files and original documents. The AwesomeStories format is easy to follow and engaging for the reader.

5) AwesomeStories also provides MakerSpace for the Humanities - a suite of apps enabling the teacher or student to create their own evidence-based stories, with an MLA citation of the teacher/student/member right at the bottom. 

6) AwesomeStories is based on: research, student use of primary sources, integrated technology and best practices in the use of informational text.


The Library of Congress is a critically important and valuable resource Archive. It is not story-based.

AwesomeStories draws on the LoC archive (and over 100 additional world-renowned archives). Many students and teachers have difficulty finding resources in the LoC archive. AwesomeStories offers a tutorial in searching the LoC and links directly to LoC's own longer teacher introduction. Once found, these LoC sources can be integrated into their stories and into the AS archive. 


Founder and chief story creator, Carole D. Bos is a courtroom lawyer, professional storyteller, prolific writer and wide-ranging researcher who has written stories for this archive since 1999. Carole writes and publishes stories prompted by cultural interests, newsworthy events, curriculum needs and member requests. Now that MakerSpace for the Humanities has launched, teachers, Awesome Teacher Leaders, members, AS staff and students also write stories. The AwesomeStories model of story-driven, evidence-based stories is now growing virally and soon will number over 5,000.


AwesomeStories’ staff, and our team of Awesome Teacher Leaders, review each member-submitted story and send revisions to the authors. Members resubmit until the editor approves the story for publishing to the member collection. As chief story officer, Carole reviews the member stories and excellent stories are added to topical collections as well.

Student stories are graded by the related teacher, who can also suggest revisions and review multiple drafts. Once the teacher approves the student story, it can be published as a student story. Only the student's teacher reviews the student stories. Student stories are published in the student collections, acknowledging that they are student work, not professional content.


All primary sources are hand-selected, not machine-selected. As such, they are targeted to specifically fit the topics and subjects they support.

We have created a "scaffolded virtuous cycle" for primary-source curation at AwesomeStories. What does that mean? Each time an author-- staff, member or student--adds a primary source to a story, he/she must complete all the citation attributes for the source. Authors are guided by the windows, some with tutorials, to help them find what they need. In addition to source, title and creator, they must also enter the URL where the source was found. This enables AS to check the source if there are errors or incomplete citations.

Once a source has been fully cited and published within a story, it is entered into our AS Archive. Now this source can be easily found and cited because it is discoverable on AS via all 7 of our search methods, including the very advanced premium AwesomeSearchTM.


Assignments are reviewed and edited by staff and by our Awesome Teacher Leaders.


Yes, an LTI enables login to LMSs that are IMS-compliant, supporting single sign-on.


Yes, 40% of AwesomeStories website use is through mobile phones and tablets! And AwesomeStories works in all browsers.


Uploading your Google Classroom students into AwesomeStories and linking AwesomeStories to your Google Classroom are functions soon to be released. Please email us if you are interested in these functions.


Yes, teachers can: write assignments or stories and keep them in their own files without sharing; share with the class only; submit to be published on the website.


Yes, a teacher can assign a story to a student and review it just between the student and teacher.


Yes, teachers can share any of their stories--or their students' stories--just with the class.


We provide three tutorials to support story conceptualizing, research and citing: "Finding, Researching & Writing a Great Story," "Be A Super Sleuth" and "Cite Right." We also provide a tutorial on story illustrations: “How to Find Larger Versions of Thumbnail Images.”


We provide several different ways: The modeling provided by the stories in the AwesomeStories’ archives; a tutorial called "Finding, Researching & Writing a Great Story”; "scaffolding” in the StoryMakerTM app; teacher use of Learning Tasks and Lesson/Assignments showing how to write stories.


Student work can be archived across all subject areas and can be used to show learning growth in writing and researching year after year.


Students can view the progress of their writing over the term and prior terms. Reviewing the teacher grading will help the students’ continuous progress. Students can share their WriteFolioTM with their parents.


Yes, parents can log in using the student’s id/password. We hope parents and students will explore stories together!


Yes, if you are homeschooling, sign up for a family account, set yourself up as the teacher and you can guide all of your children with their appropriate level, selecting stories for each subject, creating lessons and assignments and reviewing work. 


By signing up with Silver/Individual, Gold/Teacher+Classroom or Platinum/School/District you will gain access to MakerSpace for the Humanities apps:

  • AwesomeSearch
  • Audio Narrations of Stories
  • Questions2Ponder
  • Assignments
  • Learning Tasks
  • Instant Translation into 104 languages
  • StoryMakerTM
  • AwesomePrint (coming soon)

Gold/Teacher+Classroom and Platinum members also get:

  • Accounts for your students, linked to yours
  • Classroom set up
  • AssignmentMaker
  • Grading by Rubric
  • CurriculumMakerTM aligns school scope and sequence with AwesomeStories resources
  • WriteFolioTM for all students

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