50 Schools Seize a Cure for the Common Core: Multimedia Text Sets Debut for Fall 2014

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Awesome Stories introduces teachers, librarians and students from around the world to free Multimedia Text Sets for Fall 2014 classroom use. High schools, community colleges, middle schools and elementary schools in 15 states and 6 nations are participating so far.

Fall Teacher Gift -- Multimedia Text Sets

Multimedia Text Sets

Students enjoy compelling stories, high productive value films, and detective work with real historical documents that comprise these Multimedia Text Sets, all the while meeting the challenges of the common core.

Awesome Stories today announces the release of Text Sets, collections of media resources from different genres designed to be supportive of the learning of readers with a range of experiences and interests. The National Council of Teachers of English, International Reading Association and CCSSO are among those educators who see working with these text sets as a powerful way to meet the Common Core starting Fall 2014.

“40,000 educator members have guided our construction of 3100 "awesome story guides"—text sets of primary source media built around engaging stories. Spread the word of our free Fall 2014 Multimedia Text Sets. Help teachers and students to have a blast with your students while boosting collaboration and critical thinking,” invites Chief Education Officer, Deborah Bond-Upson.

Each Series includes 7 story guides, links to the originating story, primary source documents, videos, audios and images to augment and extend the stories, and assignments complete with learning tasks, rubrics and an easy online submission and grading system. Each story text set includes an assignment comprised of three learning tasks and the capability for the teacher to devise her own. Awesome Stories makes these text sets available to educators and students at no cost.

Text sets include "100th Anniversary of WW I— 7 Stories About the Great War” covering such events as the sinking of of the Lusitania, the Spanish flu pandemic, and the original Flyboys. Additionally Awesome Stories presents "Stories Behind the Stories— 7 Stories in Film" which includes content relating to historically based films such as 12 Years A Slave, Titanic and The Hunger Games.

Teachers view students’ progress in records of student page views and time spent on in the stories and in grade reports.

Students enjoy compelling stories, high productive value films, and detective work with real historical documents that comprise these Multimedia Text Sets. Teachers see student progress through their Awesome Stories “dashboard” so that they can strategically guide individual students in this cure for the Common Core.

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