9/11 Education Materials

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Title & Description Grade Subject Resource type
Reporting Terrorism—Teacher Resources

This toolkit features stories, artifacts and video from media who covered the chaos caused by the terrorist attacks from the Oklahoma City bombing to the War on Terror. These resources are provided by the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Please visit their website for additonal information and resources.

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Higher education, Community College Language Arts Lesson Plan
The Survivor Tree

9/11 Day of Service // My Good DeedIn this lesson, students will learn about the Callery Pear Tree. Although it barely survived the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero, it was relocated and continued to grow and bloom despite its rather grim state, becoming a symbol of hope.  This lesson is provided by the 9/11 National Day of Service and a partnership between My Good Deed and the 4 Action Initiative.  Please visit their website for additional information and resources.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Social Studies Lesson Plan
Effecting Change—Using the Legislative Process

In this lesson, students will understand the concept of habeas corpus and its impact on the death penalty appeal process. They will be able to explain the impact of the legislation discussed and understand their rights as citizens to change or propose laws and the process by which such change can be accomplished legally and without violence.This lesson is provided by the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Please visit their site  for additonal information.

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Social Studies Lesson Plan
Understanding The 9/11 Commission Report

9/11 Day of ServiceIn this lesson, students will learn about the creation of the 9/11 Commission and review the Report’s Executive Summary and the legislation that implemented some of the recommendations. They will discuss and analyze the key findings in the report as well as the recommendations that were subsequently implemented. This lesson is provided by the 9/11 National Day of Service and a partnership between My Good Deed and the 4 Action Initiative. Please visit their website for additional information and resources.

9, 10, 11, 12, Higher education, Community College Social Studies Lesson Plan
September 11: Teaching Contemporary History - Conducting Difficult Conversations with Young People

 

 

 On Wednesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 4, 2011, the National Museum of American History, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Pentagon Memorial Fund, and Flight 93 National Memorial, offered a FREE online conference, September 11: Teaching Contemporary History, for K-12 teachers. Designed to provide educators with resources and strategies for addressing the September 11 terrorist attacks, the conference included roundtable discussions with content experts and six workshop sessions. These sessions — all of which were recorded and are now available — highlight resources available at each organization, provide background information on September 11, and encourage conversations on how to document, preserve, and interpret recent history and current events.

Elaine Donovan, Pentagon Memorial Fund Board Member, participated in the roundtable discussion, "Conducting Difficult Conversations with Young People." Ms. Donovan lost her husband, CDR William H. Donovan, at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and shares her experience of discussing the tragedy with her young children. Lasting 75 minutes, this roundtable also included panelists from Voices of September 11, Carlow University, and the Fred Rogers Company.  

Click here to watch the interactive webinar now!
11, 12, Higher education, Community College, Adult / Continuing Education Social Studies Video
Building National Memorials: Unit 8 Jim Laychak and Gordon Felt

Tribute LogoThis is Unit 8 from the September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation toolkit. Jim and Gordon lost their brothers, one in the attack on the Pentagon and one on Flight 93. Each took leadership roles in building memorials that pay tribute to the attacks on the nation and the lives lost.The full classroom resource kit contains 8 videos. Each story is accompanied by discussion questions that guide students to connect outcomes of the historic events of September 11th to the choices they make in their own lives. These materials are provided courtesy of The Tribute WTC Visitor Center. These classroom resources provide historic context, research links, and community service projects for each story.

Please click here to access the online version of the toolkit and choose Unit 8 from the "Story Selection" menu which includes Jim's and Gordon's videos.  Please visit their website for additional information and resources.

 

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Social Studies Lesson Plan
Guidelines for discussion about 9/11

NS11MM Logo Discussion about the events of 9/11 has the potential to inspire strong emotions and trigger intense memories for some students and educators. The challenge is complicated by the diversity of students, their respective ages, and their various associations with, and prior knowledge of, 9/11. These guidelines are presented by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Please visit their website  for additional information.

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Social Studies Lesson Plan
Remembering 9/11: 10 Year Anniversary

A newspaper education supplement to the Washington Times, this resource will help teachers in educating students about the 9/11 attacks.

Unknown Social Studies Worksheet
Globalizing Peace: Unit 7 Tsugio Ito and Masahiro Sasaki

Tribute Logo This is Unit 7 from the September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation toolkit. Tsugio Ito lost his brother in the bombing of Hiroshima and his son on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. Masahiro Sasaki donated one of the origami cranes folded in 1955 by his sister, the legendary Sadako, to the Tribute WTC Visitor Center as a wish for global peace. The full classroom resource kit contains 8 videos. Each story is accompanied by discussion questions that guide students to connect outcomes of the historic events of September 11th to the choices they make in their own lives. These materials are provided courtesy of The Tribute WTC Visitor Center. These classroom resources provide historic context, research links, and community service projects for each story.

Please click here to access the online version of the toolkit and choose Unit 7 from the "Story Selection" menu which includes Susan's video.  Please visit their website for additional information and resources.

 

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Higher education, Community College Social Studies Lesson Plan
Reading The Little Chapel That Stood

The Little Chapel That Stood, by Curtiss, A. B.

St. Paul's Chapel, across the street from the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, survived the 9-11 blast and served as a service depot for rescuers. During this activity, you and your child will actively read The Little Chapel That Stood, using the suggested reading strategies.

Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4 Language Arts Lesson Plan
Being Muslim in New York after 9/11: Unit 6 Mohammad Razvi

Tribute Logo This is Unit 6 from the September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation toolkit.After September 11th, many Arab, South Asian and Muslim communities in America felt under attack. This community organizer worked to help them. The full classroom resource kit contains 8 videos. Each story is accompanied by discussion questions that guide students to connect outcomes of the historic events of September 11th to the choices they make in their own lives. These materials are provided courtesy of The Tribute WTC Visitor Center. These classroom resources provide historic context, research links, and community service projects for each story.

Please click here to access the online version of the toolkit and choose Unit 6 from the "Story Selection" menu which includes Mohammad Razvi's video.  Please visit their website for additional information and resources.

 

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Higher education, Community College Social Studies Lesson Plan
Responding and Remembering Through Art

In this activity, you and your child will look at ways artists and members of the public responded to the events of September 11, 2001. You will then use images of those responses to create a digital memorial of photographs.

3, 4, 5 Arts Lesson Plan
Tribute Art and 9/11: Healing Through Artistic Response

NS11MM Logo These commemorative materials focus on the many ways people chose to respond to 9/11 through art, highlighting examples of individuals and groups who used artistic channels to heal, rebuild, and make meaning in the aftermath of the attacks.  These materials are presented by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Please visit their website for additional information.

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Arts Lesson Plan
Looking at Memorials

In this Take a Trip activity, you and your child will learn about how memorials tell stories, then visit a memorial in your own town.

Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4 Social Studies Lesson Plan
Empowering Women Globally: Unit 5 Susan Retik

Tribute Logo This is Unit 5 from the September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation toolkit. Susan Retik is a widow from Boston who lost her husband on American Airlines Flight 11. She and another September 11th widow started an organization to aid widows in Afghanistan. The full classroom resource kit contains 8 videos. Each story is accompanied by discussion questions that guide students to connect outcomes of the historic events of September 11th to the choices they make in their own lives. These materials are provided courtesy of The Tribute WTC Visitor Center. These classroom resources provide historic context, research links, and community service projects for each story.

Please click here to access the online version of the toolkit and choose Unit5 from the "Story Selection" menu which includes Susan's video.  Please visit their website for additional information and resources.

 

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Higher education, Community College Social Studies Lesson Plan
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