I believe that AwesomeStories offers something that isn't
found in any other educational Web site. Not only are there lessons with
links to all supportive information, but also the approach of each lesson
is novel and multidisciplinary. It really models the types of lessons
that should be offered daily in every school across the nation.
Rachel Bhattacharyya, El Paso ISD, El Paso, TX
AwesomeStories delivers lessons in a student friendly
format. Students love stories about others and themselves in every
day and fantasy situations. The lessons and resources are a big plus
for me as a teacher so I can show my administration, colleagues, and
parents the academic relevance of the assignments. Keep up the excellent
Bonnie Patterson, Texas City ISD, Texas City, Texas
In the new era of Common Core Standards, when schools
are expecting students and teachers to dig deeper into content
and inquiry learning, AwesomeStories is a perfect curriculum
resource - engaging, well researched, and just flat out fun to
John Norton, Librarian, Creator/editor of a middle grades website, North Carolina
As a teacher of the history of the 21st Century Awesome
Stories provided a plethora of ideas and resources for my classes.
We do not have a textbook that offers as much pertinent information.
I like being able to adapt the stories and resources to meet the needs
of our courses.
Cindy Aznoe, Montana
I can't believe how fast and easy it is to use StoryMaker!
I research the AwesomeStories free archive right from the app, write my
story, enter links, note sources, and presto ‐ I've created a multimedia
story complete with beautiful images, videos and reliable citations ready
for publication for learners and teachers around the world as well as
my own students.
Kay Teehan, NBCT, Media Specialist, Polk County Public Schools.
Impressive depth and breadth to stories - stories
reach across multiple genres and the primary sources and additional
information allows students to study the topic and/or theme in greater detail.
Emily Trono, Teacher
The interdisciplinary approach is impressive. The shear amount
of information and the applicability across genres and subjects is "awesome"!
Jay Kirgis, Texarkana Arkansas School District, Texarkana, TX
AwesomeStories create an opportunity for students to understand:
"History is the compilation of mankind's life story from generation to generation.
This process of discovery helps the students think about how their life stories
will affect history for the next generation."
Betty Williams, Teacher/counselor, Nettleton School District , Nettleton, MS.
AwesomeStories provides information I didn't
even know I really wanted! I sometimes have gone through the
information presented for a story, then all the links, and then
want to tell everyone who will listen to me about how cool it is...
Nancy Miller, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, Texas.
Unbelievable resource for teachers, both LA and content-areas.
If you want to build background knowledge and have total engagement,
put AWESOME STORIES in the lesson plans! Edna Sherrell, Phoenix Academy
Sarasota County Schools, Florida
Teaching reading to middle school students in the 21st
century requires more than print materials. AwesomeStories is at
your fingertips giving life to the printed page.
Deb Lynch, Oxford Public Schools, Oxford, Connecticut
High interest stories using 21st century literacy
tools to motivate readers to ...want....more.
Linda Bohrer, Grantham Village School, Grantham, NH
Teaching kindergarteners stories can be challenging
because of the potential language barrier. AwesomeStories helps me
to bring the world to my students.
Susan Wagener, Lee County School District, Ft Myers, FL
I am so impressed by the website that is envisioning what teaching
and learning will look like in the future. The site is at the forefront of
educational practices and continues to grow to make all students and teachers
Analee Taylor, Curriculum Specialist, Cornelius Elementary, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, NC
I have been an AwesomeStories subscriber and have shared this
site with many teachers. I think it brings lessons to life in ways that students
find very appealing and in ways that capture their attention. It is so in tune
with the way students are wired in this generation of digital natives!
Pat Bailey, Department Chair of World Languages, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Gwinnett County, GA
Weaving primary source material into my student's learning
is my secret weapon. Everyone loves a good story and when I can incorporate
it into my teaching- it is the 'hook' that keeps them wanting to go
further and investigate more. When did a student ever finish a chapter
in their textbook and ask, "Can I have more, please"?
Mary Ann Riendeau, Eagle Hill School, Hardwick, MA