9/11 Education Materials

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Title & Description Grade Subject Resource type
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
Remembrance and Memory as Seen Through the Eyes of Artists

My Good Deed In this lesson, students will view Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica. They will explore the meaning of the colors, symbols and purpose of the painting. Following that discussion, students will view and discuss various paintings in The Day Our World Changed: Children’s Art of 9/11. 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.

6, 7, 8, 9 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
Community Response—Crisis Management

OKCNMM In this lesson, students will understand how vital communication and team work are in the time of a crisis. They will understand the importance of training and preparedness and how federal, state, and local agencies work together in response to disasters using ICS and NIMS. This lesson is provided by the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.  For additional information and for the resources, please visit their website

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Language 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
Exploring 9/11: The World Before and After-- Hassan Abbas Webcast and Discussion Guide

NS11MM Logo Hassan Abbas is a Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center and a former Sub-Divisional Police Chief in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province. Please click here to view the webcast interview.  These materials are presented by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.  Please visit their website for additional information and resources.

8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Higher education, Community College, Adult / Continuing Education Social Studies Lesson Plan
A Fireboat and It’s Heroic Adventures

My Good Deed In this lesson, students will read Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey and then discuss 9/11 and its relationship to the story. Students will explore the meaning of the word hero and identify courageous traits, eventually evaluating why the fireboat’s adventures were heroic.  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
The Spirit of Volunteerism: 9/11 and Beyond Video and Teaching and Learning Guide

NS11MM Logo  This short film highlights the outpouring of compassion and volunteerism in the aftermath of September 11, as well as the commitment to service which 9/11 continues to inspire. Click here to to access the video directly.

The teaching and learning guide is also organized around the themes of community-building and volunteerism. The centerpiece, an eight-minute film, The Spirit of Volunteerism: 9/11 and Beyond, introduces people who channeled strong emotions and feelings into constructive acts of human kindness. The discussion questions and activity suggestions are designed to encourage students to work together to commemorate 9/11 by participating in acts of service. This learning and discussion guide is 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
A Hero's Gear

In this activity, children and adults will learn about the outfit used by a firefighter on September 11, 2001. Children will then think about the ways they help in their own communities and imagine an outfit that would assist them with those jobs.

Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4 Social Studies Lesson Plan
September 11th - Personal Stories of Transformation

Tribute Logo This is a classroom resource kit that 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. The Tribute WTC Visitor Center 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 which includes the videos for each unit.  Please visit their website for additional resources and information.

 

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Higher education, Community College Social Studies Lesson Plan
History in the Making: A teaching guide with take-home pages

NS11MM Logo The lessons in this teaching guide from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum are meant to help students understand how historical records and authoritative history are written, and how they are formed from the careful and balanced combination of documentary accounts from many and varied primary sources; and that many perspectives come together to shape historical records. Please visit their website for additional information.

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Social Studies Lesson Plan
The Little Chapel That Stood

My Good Deed In this lesson, students will read the poem, The Little Chapel That Stood, and then discuss what the chapel represented to the people prior to 9/11 and the days after 9/11, in addition to their own reactions to the poem and the chapel itself. 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
Exploring 9/11: The World Before and After--Bruce Lawrence Webcast and Discussion Guide

NS11MM Logo    Bruce Lawrence discusses the life and the messages of Osama bin Laden.  Lawrence is Professor of Religion and Director of the Islamic Study Center at Duke University, and editor of Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden. Please click here to view the webcast interview.  These materials are presented by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.  Please visit their website for additional information and resources.

8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Higher education, Community College, Adult / Continuing Education Social Studies Video
Exploring 9/11: The World Before and After -- Alex Thier Webcast and Discussion Guide

NS11MM Logo    J . Alexander Thier discusses the history and population of Afghanistan, as well as the country’s changing role in both the emergence and combating of terrorism.  hier is Director of the Future of Afghanistan Project at the U.S. Institute for Peace in Washington, DC, and a former legal advisor to the Afghan government. Please click here to view the webcast interview.  These materials are presented by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.  Please visit their website for additional information and resources.

8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Higher education, Community College, Adult / Continuing Education Social Studies Video
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