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Awesome Stories: 9/11 Lesson Plan

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


Website Example:

More Ways

Teacher computer with internet access and a digital projector; student computers with internet access and headphones; teacher computer with internet access, a digital projector and speakers

Activity Description

In this activity, students engage in an online interactive/multimedia reading activity in which they learn about the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and respond to comprehension questions.

This site offers readings about some of the world's most interesting people, places and events. Some stories have accompanying audio and/or video clips. The reading level of the stories ranges from 7th grade to 10th grade. Some stories have accompanying lesson activities. It is a registration-based site, but the basic registration/membership is free (2019).


  1. Sign up for a free membership to access some of the site's resources.
  2. Read the story about 9/11 by using the Example Web Site (above) and advancing through the 13 chapters.
  3. Print out the comprehension questions for each student


  1. Write "9/11" on the board and ask the students what this means to them. Write their responses on the board or in a word processing program projected on a screen.
  2. Have the students get in small groups and discuss where they were on 9/11/2001 and what they remember about that day. Have them share their responses with the class.
  3. Direct students to the Example Web Site (above) Show them that they can learn additional information by selecting the underlined text and that this opens a new window in their Web browser. Also show them how to advance to the next page of reading using the Next Chapter buttons.
  4. Have them read about 9/11.
  5. Distribute the comprehension questions and have them read the article again, looking for the answers to the questions.
  6. Review the answers as a class. Here is the answer key.

Teacher Tips

  • The site used to provide all it's resources free to educators. Now you get access to stories, primary sources, and story updates for free. To get access to their many other tools and resources you can sign up for their school account which is $59/ yr. But there is a great deal here for free, so do not let this stop you from using this resource.
  • The Awesome Search (you will see the link next to the search box) is one of the benefits of a paid membership. You can use it five times just to try it out, but then you are done unless you pay. So use your five searches wisely. Download the Awesome Stories Website Guide above.
  • Use the Browse all collections  button at the bottom of the home page to see categorized lists of stories. a few are marked with Premium which obviously are not accessible without a paid account, but there are many free stories.

More Ways

  1. Conduct a Jigsaw activity in which you divide students into small groups, assign each group member a different chapter to read, give them time to read their chapter online and have them take notes. Then form "expert groups" in which students from each group discuss the chapter they read. Next, have students return to their small groups and share what they read with their group members and then reconvene as a whole group to discuss the whole reading.
  2. Readings can also be assigned for homework.
  3. If this story does not meet your current learning objectives, look through the many other stories for one that does using either the Browse all collections  button or the Story Index .



  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced


Basic Communication

  • (2.7) Understand aspects of society and culture

Basic Communication

  • (7.2) Demonstrate ability to use critical thinking skills
  • (7.4) Demonstrate study skills
  • (7.7) Demonstrate the ability to use information and communication technology
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.