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September 11th: Educating Students Too Young to Remember That Infamous Day

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Each year, Americans across the country commemorate the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. While students today have no recollection of that infamous day, there are a number of resources to observe, teach and discuss the events with your students.

Thanks to, they have supplied a list of recommended classroom resources to aid in your lesson plans:

National September 11 Memorial & Museum  

  • An in-depth FAQ about the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, with particular attention to the Twin Towers and the 9/11 Memorial that stands in their place today.
  • Two interactive timelines that chronicle both the attacks and the Ground Zero recovery. Note: Both timelines incorporate videos and images from the attacks, so please view them first before sharing them with students who may be upset by the content.

PBS NewsHour 

  • This special ten year anniversary collection on 9/11 provides articles, videos and suggested resources from Frontline, NOVA and other PBS programs.

The Learning Network |Teaching and Learning with the New York Times

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PBS Learning Media

  • Reflections on the 9/11 Memorial   In this short video from NOVA Online, visitors weigh in on the design and importance of the memorial. “It’s very moving, it’s graceful, and it’s also dignified.

Teaching Tolerance

  • In Remembrance: Teaching September 11  This collection of resources is recommended by the U.S. Department of Education and explores topics and events surrounding 9/11 as well as recommended strategies for educators on how to teach 9/11 in the classroom.

Share My Lesson

  • Remembering 9/11: Building Tolerance These lessons asks students to look not just at the events of 9/11 but at the following days and years. Students in explore the parts of a newspaper, the functions of a news article, and the importance of a free press in a democratic society.

How do you discuss 9/11 with your students? We want to know. Leave us a note in the comments!

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