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 PBS.org, 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 

Teachinghistory.org

  • 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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