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Remembering September 11: Lessons and Resources

Education World offers five lessons to help teachers commemorate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States. These lessons will keep alive the spirit of patriotism and tolerance stimulated by the events of 9/11.Included: Students make a huge flag mural for your school or a proverb book for your classroom library, write letters to fire fighters in their community, read aloud books that model tolerance, raise money for children overseas, and more.

It is difficult to believe that so much time has passed -- it seems like yesterday -- since we heard those first unbelievable reports that a plane, then another plane, had crashed into the buildings of the World Trade Center. For a generation of students, the events that day -- in New York City, Washington, D.C., and a field in Pennsylvania -- are pivotal. Their impact will never be forgotten.

The anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, offers a time to remember, to reflect about this unforgettable moment in history, and to reconsider the effect that September 11 has had on our country and the world. To help you honor the anniversary, Education World presents five new lesson plans. These lessons are not focused on the events or the controversy of September 11; instead, they stress the opportunity this anniversary affords to renew the lessons learned that day about patriotism and tolerance.

Click each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource.

Hang a Flag Mural
What better way to greet visitors to your school (or to your Town Hall) than with a student-created flag mural? Four mural ideas included.

Write Letters to Commemorate 9/11
Students commemorate 9/11 by writing letters to fire, police, or emergency medical personnel in local communities or to the service men and women who fight terrorism overseas.

Proverbs of One World
Students create a book or bulletin board of proverbs that offer lessons connected to themes of freedom, tolerance, patriotism, diversity, and respect.

Use Literature to Teach Tolerance
Commemorate 9/11 by reading aloud children's books that focus on the theme of tolerance. (Book list included.)

My Name Is Osama
A short story about a young Iraqi boy opens up classroom discussion about the difficulties some immigrant children face, especially in the days after September 11. Student work sheet included.

Article by Gary Hopkins
Education World® Editor in Chief
Copyright © 2008, 2017 Education World

Last updated 09/11/2017

With the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks happening soon, now is the time for you and your students to commemorate that infamous day in American history.

We've collected some thought-provoking activities, writing prompts, teacher-recommended resources and lesson plan sites to help you out. 

TeachHUB 9-11 Teaching Resources

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Online 9/11 Lessons & Teaching Resources

PBS America Responds
Valuable resources and lessons regarding tolerance, peace, Afghanistan, terrorism and Amerca at war.

New York Times 9/11 Resources

Whether you’re looking for op-eds on the topic, lesson ideas or historical documents, the New York Times is a great place to start.
How Do You Teach about 9/11?
September 11: On This Day
Teaching and Learning About 9/11 With the New York Times

Rethinking Schools Handouts
Rethinking Schools has a series of special reports that make great classroom reading materials to launch classroom discussions.

Scholastic 9/11 Resources
Scholastic has an array of lessons, advice, a themed booktalk, an activities adapted specifically for younger children.

Teaching 9/11 Forum
Educators discuss curriculum and implementation plans for teaching about September 11. There is also curriculum for purchase.  

9/11 Remembered: Pearson Online Exchange
The collection is meant to help teachers present 9/11 in its historical contexts to students who have no memory of the event itself. It includes age appropriate resources for elementary, middle, and high school students, with timelines, historical accounts, activities, and more.

ADC Anti-Discrimination Education Resources
While 9/11 spurs feelings of patriotism, it can also incite stereotypes and discrimination. Here are some valuable resources to help inform students and discourage anti-Arab discrimination.

9/11 Map & Web Research Lessons
McGraw Hill offers an array of Social Studies activities focused on the historical events from 9/11. There is a map project and several web activities.

Heroes of Ground Zero Unit
Inspired by the heroic firefighters from 9/11, PBS has a week-long, standards aligned civics unit for middle and high school students. It focuses on community needs.

Teaching Tolerance: Tips for Introducing 9/11 to Students

Teaching Tolerance: 9/11 Lessons
This article introduces interesting ways you can use the anniversary of 9/11 to explore what students really know about this historical event and to raise the issue of tolerance in the classroom.

TeacherVision Sept. 11 Lessons
TeacherVision has categorized a plethora of worksheets, classroom activities and reading activities that relate to September 11.

9/11 Student Book List

The lists starts with lower reading levels and gets more advanced as you move down the list.

The Little Chapel That Stood
Beautifully illustrated book tells of the historic chapel less than 100 yards from the Twin Towers that miraculously survived on 9-11. Firemen hung their shoes on the fence and raced to help the people in the towers: Oh what gallant men did we lose/Who never came back to get their shoes. The story of terror overcome by courage and bravery that teaches us no one is too small to make a difference.

America at War
In this ever-timely collection of more than fifty poems and paintings divided into eight sections, one of America's most distinguished poets and anthologists, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and internationally acclaimed painter and printmaker Stephen Alcorn trace emotions of warfare from the American Revolution to the Iraq War.

September Roses
On September 11, 2001, two sisters from South Africa are flying to New York City with 2,400 roses to be displayed at a flower show. As their plane approaches the airport, a cloud of black smoke billows over the Manhattan skyline. When they land, they learn of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. All flights are canceled; the sisters cannot go home, and they are stranded with boxes and boxes of roses.
In the days that followed September 11, Jeanette Winter was drawn to Union Square and saw, among the hundreds of memorial offerings, twin towers made of roses. In the pages of this small and vibrant book, she tells a moving story.

14 Cows for America
This New York Times Bestseller, from award-winning author Carmen Agra Deedy, is a true story of hope and generosity, and the gift a small Kenyan village makes to the people of America.

With Their Eyes: September 11th--The View from a High School at Ground Zero
Tuesday, September 11, seemed like any other day at Stuyvesant High School, only a few blocks away from the World Trade Center. The semester was just beginning, and the students, faculty, and staff were ready to start a new year.

Within a few hours that Tuesday morning, they would experience an event that transformed all their lives completely. Here, in their own words, are the firsthand stories of a day none of us will ever forget.

We the People: September 11
On a bright sunny morning on September 11, 2001, hijackers took control of four U.S. commercial airplanes. This book tells the facts from 9/11 in a way that children can understand.

Messages from Ground Zero: Children Respond to September 11th
This is a collection of letters, poetry, and art by children in response to September 11th. All were sent to other children reflecting innocent support, outreach, and caring. This book is an archive of what children were thinking and feeling through their honest and heartfelt messages.

102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
Eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and translated into a dozen languages, 102 Minutes is a gripping narrative that is also investigative reporting of the first rank—"in a class by itself," according to Reader's Digest. Dwyer and Flynn reveal the decisions, both good and bad, that proved to be the difference between life and death on a day that changed America forever.

Report from Ground Zero
The tragic events of September 11, 2001 forever altered the American landscape, both figuratively and literally. Immediately after the jets struck the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Dennis Smith, a former firefighter, reported to Manhattan's Ladder Co. 16 to volunteer in the rescue efforts. In the weeks that followed, Smith was present on the front lines, attending the wounded, sifting through the wreckage, and mourning with New York's devastated fire and police departments.

This is Smith's vivid account of the rescue efforts by the fire and police departments and emergency medical teams as they rushed to face a disaster that would claim more than five thousand lives.

Last Man Down
On September 11, 2001, FDNY Battalion Chief Richard "Pitch" Picciotto answered the call heard around the world. In minutes, he was at Ground Zero of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center began to burn-and then to buckle.

This is the harrowing true story of a true American hero, a man who thought nothing of himself-and gave nearly everything for others during one of New York City's-and the country's-darkest hours.

What resources are you using to cover 9/11 in your classroom? Share in the comments section!

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