9/11 Education Materials

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Understanding The 9/11 Commission Report

My Good Deed   In 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
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
The Survivor Tree

My Good Deed In 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
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
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
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
September 11 Digital Archive

     

The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath. The Archive contains more than 150,000 digital items, a tally that includes more than 40,000 emails and other electronic communications, more than 40,000 first-hand stories, and more than 15,000 digital images. In September 2003, the Library of Congress accepted the Archive into its collections, an event that both ensured the Archive's long-term preservation and marked the library's first major digital acquisition.

Browse: Explore the collection for stories, images, emails, documents, sounds, and videos of September 11

Research: Search, sort, and examine the entire collection

Contribute: Tell your story, add your email, and upload images, documents, and other digital files to the Archive

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Higher education, Community College, Adult / Continuing Education Social Studies Primary Source
September 11 - Bearing Witness to History / Tell Your Story

           

Click here to tell your 9/11 story.

How did you witness history on September 11, 2001? What do you most remember, and how has it affected your life?

Help the Smithsonian document this historic event by sharing your September 11 experience. Your story will be permanently archived in the September 11 Digital Archive, a project of the George Mason Center for History and New Media and the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning. The Archive is a partner with the Smithsonian in the National Museum of American History's commemorative exhibition "September 11: Bearing Witness to History," which was on view at the Museum from September 11, 2002 to July 6, 2003.

Over 1 million visitors saw the exhibition September 11: Bearing Witness to History at the National Museum of American History. At the end of the exhibit, visitors were asked to tell their story of September 11, 2001 and to consider how their lives had changed because of that day. Browse and search the thousands of stories left by these visitors.

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Higher education, Community College, Adult / Continuing Education Arts Primary Source
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
Reporting Terrorism—Teacher Resources

OKCNMM 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
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
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
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
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
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
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