You work for a large publishing company and have been tasked with being the editor of an anthology of writings people have done about the events on September 11, 2001. On this day of historic import, four planes were hijacked and crashed into various sites on US soil, including the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC, killing almost 3,000 people. This was a powerful experience for the American people, initially bringing the nation together and inspiring much artistry, including literary works. Nine years later, you are especially interested in the aftermath of the events of that day, and how this has affected people’s attitudes, perspectives, and writing.

In doing this WebQuest, you will explore the power that such historic events can have on people, including yourself, and how it can shape the creative process. You will also begin to have an understanding of the thinking that goes into compiling an anthology of work as well as the challenges of trying to include as many different types of writing as possible. You want to research a variety of works from different authors, various perspectives, and several genres and styles of writing. You should be able to justify the reasons why you might include a particular piece and you must demonstrate why it is of significance to the events of 9/11.