September 11: Teaching Tragedy

September 11: Teaching Tragedy

Updated September 2022

September 11: Teaching Tragedy

As the twenty-first anniversary of the September 11, 2001 assaults nears, you can check out Olivia B. Waxman’s 2019 TIME post, 9/11 Is Historical past Now. Here’s How American Children Are Studying About It in Course. As Waxman factors out, college students in schools now see 9/11 as record although it is however alive in the memory of teachers, irrespective of whether they were being older people or learners in 2001.

This article stories on a review of point out benchmarks and also on how coverage in textual content books has lessened around the decades and how use of on the web and nonprofits’ assets has greater. The post touches on use of 9/11 illustrations or photos and video in the classroom.

This 12 months the 9/11 Memorial & Museum invitations learners and academics from all around the world to commemorate the 21st anniversary of 9/11 by registering for the FREE Anniversary in the Schools program. “View a movie highlighting initially-particular person accounts of the assaults and their aftermath and link with Museum personnel in genuine-time via an interactive are living chat. The 30-minute method will be obtainable on demand commencing Friday, September 9, 2021.”

The museum also supplies modules in its 9/11 Primer and  Talking to Young children about Terrorism. Lecturers and librarians can register to obtain academic posters and connected products.



The Smithsonian carries on to give its September 11: Bearing Witness to Record. Along with website posts, the site also hyperlinks to the extensive methods of the three memorial sites. Although some of the one-way links from its 2011 collections no extended function, other folks link to a digital archive of on-web site images and objects from the Environment Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Amongst the several 9/11 means out there by the Nationwide Archives are a range of letters penned by youngsters soon following the attacks and a assortment of primary methods from the 9/11 Fee.

Also for lecturers, Pam Moran will make the argument for such as 9/11 in students’ analyze of historical past in a NYT Learning Community post from 2011. The Understanding Network also posted teachers’ 9/11 lesson concepts and projects.

Countrywide Geographic offers an article on the heroes of September 11 and the times next the assaults. Heroes of 9/11 by Kate Boatner and Libby Romero consists of the folks who used their boats and ferries to rescue just about 500,000 on 9/11 as effectively as the citizens of Gander, Newfoundland, who for quite a few times sheltered countless numbers of travellers of planes requested to land right away soon after the attacks. Boatner and Romero have also created Remembering 9/11, recounting situations as they unfolded and summarizing federal government response in the decades considering that. The report provides a succinct overview for more mature middle grades learners.

If you come to a decision to use video clip and audio of the attacks, the History Channel offers timelines and  interactive maps with joined video clip clips. The just lately updated site also consists of resources on the rebirth of the World Trade Middle.

CNN gives a 2020 appear back, such as video clip of the assaults, in this article.

The anti-Muslim/anti-foreigner loathe crimes that erupted quickly subsequent 9/11 ongoing. In 2011 a Joplin, Missouri mosque was burned and a  Murfreesboro, Tennessee Islamic centre opened immediately after months of vandalism, arson, and court docket troubles. In the exact same month a gunman killed 6 members of the Sikh local community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin as they worshiped. This op-ed short article in the Atlanta Black Star expresses worry about the lack of “national outrage.”

The Southern Poverty Legislation Center’s Educating Tolerance (now Understanding for Justice – 2022) project gives classes to support students acknowledge stereotyping. “Debunking Muslim Myths” takes advantage of graphs to display Muslims’ area in American culture. “Simply because I Had a Turban” goes inside of faculties to report students’ encounters of discrimination. The lesson delivers tips for building tolerance in the classroom. You will also uncover links to other Educating Tolerance lessons on the sensitivity and authorized problems around discussing religion in the classroom. “Bringing 9/11 in the Classroom—Useful Lessons,” from 2011, back links to a number of with most methods continue to available.

Students can see how writers respond to decline in “The Names,” a poem by previous poet laureate Billy Collins, read through at PBS News Hour September 11, 2011. The video functions images of people killed on 9/11.



In a Guide Whisperer article on guides to establish group in the classroom, Donalyn Miller endorses 14 Cows for The united states by Carmen Agra Deedy.  The reserve recounts how Maasai villagers in Kenya responded to the 9/11 attacks by providing 14 cows, their most prized belongings, to The united states.

Far more from MiddleWeb

Uncover a lot of much more sources, which includes middle grades books, in Kasey Short’s 2021 put up, Resources for Educating 9/11’s 20th Anniversary.

In one more 2021 posting Dr. Rose Reissman provides The Ditmas 9/11 Challenge Rejects “Learning Loss” describing how middle faculty educators at Brooklyn’s Ditmar IS 62 selected to conquer pandemic relevant “learning loss” by participating their sixth, seventh and eighth graders in a extended-assortment task documenting the tragic tale of 9/11 by way of investigation, oral loved ones and local community background, and literacy activities.

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Images: From the Smithsonian, SEPTEMBER 11 BEARING WITNESS TO Heritage: WTC stairway by John Labriola, an eyewitness heading to work, Shanksville by Tim Shaffer of Reuters, Pentagon by firefighter Jon Culberson