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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students understand the events of September 11, 2001, and to plan lessons or discussions so students can see the events of September 11 in connection with history, current events, and the challenges and balances of national security. Whether you stop to observe September 11 separately from your regular curriculum or include it through curricular connections to writing and social studies topics, these resources can help today's students imagine the events of a day before their memory but ever present in the American consciousness.

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Teach + Learn: National September 11 Memorial and Museum - National September 11 Memorial and Museum

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Tech and learn all about September 11 using interactives, timelines, lesson plans, and more from the Memorial Museum in New York. Learn all about the history of the World Trade ...more
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Tech and learn all about September 11 using interactives, timelines, lesson plans, and more from the Memorial Museum in New York. Learn all about the history of the World Trade Center, explore primary sources about 9/11, and much more. Do not miss the interactive Lady Liberty exhibit under the Teach and Learn menu to see a clickable photo of the artifacts left as an impromptu memorial created at a NY firehouse that lost 15 of it men. The FAQ page is a great starting point for those unfamiliar with the events of 9/11. A special section provides ideas for talking with children about 9/11. The site includes many media files: interviews, video and more to help understand September 11.

tag(s): sept11 (25), terrorism (47)

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Check the teacher lesson plans for ideas. the plans range from kindergarten to grade 12. Incorporate some of the interactives as part of your class commemoration of September 11. Have students record their own video or audio interviews (try Spreaker, reviewed here) with adults who recall the day and add them to a class or school wiki memorial. Add a Speakpipe widget (reviewed here) to your wiki page so visitors can add their own recollections. If you do not have time to spend more than one class period on 9/11, this site will provide rich experiences and material for discussion. Be sure to allow your students time to talk and ask questions about this disturbing day in history.

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Center for Civic Education - Center for Civic Education

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5 to 12
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The Center for Civic Education offers this site loaded with information and resources that support the democratic process. Choose the resources tab to take advantage of many lesson...more
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The Center for Civic Education offers this site loaded with information and resources that support the democratic process. Choose the resources tab to take advantage of many lesson plans for all grade levels on topics such as President's Day, voting, Women's History Month, and many more. Choose the More Lesson Plans link to see a list of all lessons sorted by grade levels from K-12. Another interesting portion of the site is found at the media tab. Choose from video or photo galleries or the 60 Second Civics option. 60 Second Civics is a daily podcast accompanied with a short question. Previous podcasts are archived for access at your convenience. Subscribe with iTunes or Podcast Alley or visit the page to listen.
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tag(s): branches of government (37), civil rights (85), constitution (67), democracy (12), elections (61), electoral college (9), lincoln (78), martin luther king (32), presidents (111), sept11 (25), washington (29)

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Share a link to the podcasts via your web page or blog. Have students answer the daily question then respond with a short journal entry or with comments on your webpage. Use lesson resources to supplement your current curriculum or commemorate events such as 9/11, MLK Day, Presidents Day, or Constitution Day. View videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Assign videos to groups of students to view then report to the class. Rather than a traditional report, challenge cooperative learning groups to collaborate on a topic found on the site using Titanpad reviewed here to share ideas and information.
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9/11: The Day that Changed America - CBS News

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7 to 12
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These collections of stories and interactives from CBS have information about the effects of 9/11 as well as a few stories explaining the historical context behind September 11th. They...more
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These collections of stories and interactives from CBS have information about the effects of 9/11 as well as a few stories explaining the historical context behind September 11th. They also host information about the victims, a montage of the events of the day, and information about the re-building efforts on ground zero.

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Use this site as a cooperative learning activity during a lesson or unit on the events of September 11th or as part of a broader discussion on international relations, terrorism, or the role of government in balancing personal liberties and national security. Create a graphic organizer to guide students through the site (or have them create their own in small groups), highlighting what's most important and the important facts and details. For help creating easy graphic organizers, try using Graphic Organizer Maker reviewed here or bubbl.us, reviewed here.
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Airport Security After 9/11 - ThinkQuest

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3 to 8
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This student-made ThinkQuest looks at the effects that 9/11 had on airport security and how security changed to accommodate new terrorism concerns. The site first summarizes the events...more
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This student-made ThinkQuest looks at the effects that 9/11 had on airport security and how security changed to accommodate new terrorism concerns. The site first summarizes the events of 9/11 before comparing security before and after the events of 9/11, as well as providing interviews from Tom Kurtz, a pilot from United Airlines.

tag(s): sept11 (25), terrorism (47)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit or lesson on the effects of 9/11. This site is probably best to use after a discussion explaining the events of 9/11, allowing students to simply focus on one of its many effects, that on airport security. To summarize the site, have students create Venn diagrams showing the standards in security before and after September 11th. Use your interactive whiteboard to let students create the diagram together or have them work in partners using the Venn Diagram maker reviewed here.
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September 11th Through Children's Eyes - ThinkQuest

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This student-made ThinkQuest focuses on the events of 9/11 as witnessed by the students of PS 89 in NYC. The ThinkQuest looks at how the school was affected, as well ...more
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This student-made ThinkQuest focuses on the events of 9/11 as witnessed by the students of PS 89 in NYC. The ThinkQuest looks at how the school was affected, as well as how people from all over the country helped them get everything back in order. With the use of photographs and interviews, the ThinkQuest shows the effects of 9/11 on the community and the areas surrounding in a way that will be easy for elementary students to understand.

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Use this ThinkQuest as a learning center or station during a lesson or unit on 9/11 or when students hear media coverage on the anniversary and ask questions. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector before allowing cooperative learning groups to explore, allowing time for you to preface the site with some contextual information. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to respond with a blog post they might have written if they had lived in New York City on September 11. Want to know more about blogs? Try TeachersFirst's Blog Basics for the Classroom.

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Al Qaeda's Pre-9/11 Planning Timeline - CBS News

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Often times students only hear about the catastrophe of 9/11, and not the events that lead up to it. Although it's a little "plain vanilla," this site from CBS offers ...more
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Often times students only hear about the catastrophe of 9/11, and not the events that lead up to it. Although it's a little "plain vanilla," this site from CBS offers a contextual timeline about the events leading up to 9/11 from the perspective of Al Qaeda cooperatives. Starting from 1996, the timeline shows the long-term planning and build-up that went into planning the horrific events of 9/11.

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Use this site over the interactive whiteboard or projector to show students the context of the day. During a class discussion, display the timeline on a projector or interactive whiteboard for students to see and navigate together. Read the details aloud, or have student volunteers take turns reading the events aloud. Make sure that between each event you provide some sort of explanation, i.e. who the people mentioned are and what the significance was of each action. Include this discussion as you study the role of government in the protection of its citizens and balancing individual liberties with national security. Assign students to create multimedia posters on GlogsterEDU, reviewed here showing the conflicting roles of government.

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9/11: The Day that Changed America - Scholastic, Inc.

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This site explains the events of 9/11 in kid friendly language and provides ideas for activities and lesson plans. It includes information on how kids and schools in the New ...more
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This site explains the events of 9/11 in kid friendly language and provides ideas for activities and lesson plans. It includes information on how kids and schools in the New York area were affected by the attacks, as well as an understandable summary of the events that transpired.

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Save this site as a favorite and use the lesson plans and activities in your classroom during a lesson or unit on 9/11. Use the articles as a reading activity, allowing reading pairs to read the articles after a discussion on the topic. Be sure to pair students, allowing weaker readers a partner to help them. Have students write and record a podcast "news" story about 9/11 using a simple tool such as Podomatic, reviewed here.

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102 Minutes That Changed America - The History Channel

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This great activity from the History Channel gives students a layout of the parts of NYC affected by the attacks on the Twin Towers through an interactive map and short ...more
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This great activity from the History Channel gives students a layout of the parts of NYC affected by the attacks on the Twin Towers through an interactive map and short clips from on-the-scene filmmakers. There are 10 locations on the map with information and video, each showing the effects of the attacks on various parts of the city. Some of the film pieces are emotionally charged, so take caution in letting students watch all the videos. Preview to decide whether they may be able to handle it with their maturity levels.

tag(s): sept11 (25), terrorism (47), terrorist (14)

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Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector first, before allowing cooperative learning groups to explore it on classroom computers. Have students explore a few of the locations, noting the similarities and differences between sites closer in and further out from Ground Zero. Have students take note of the differences via a Venn Diagram or graphic organizer, both of which can be found at Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here). Have students use their notes for a class discussion, as the topic may provide some questions and emotions that can't be dealt with through a website.
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Teaching 9/11 - Teaching 9-11.org

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This site, produced by the Clark Center of Dickinson College, offers teachers an all inclusive look at 9/11. Not only are there lesson plans and activities, separated by grade level,...more
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This site, produced by the Clark Center of Dickinson College, offers teachers an all inclusive look at 9/11. Not only are there lesson plans and activities, separated by grade level, but there is also news coverage, legislation, updates on reconstruction, memorials, and background on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

tag(s): sept11 (25), terrorism (47), terrorist (14)

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Save this site as a favorite and use it to look for lesson plans, as well as background information on 9/11 or discussion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Teachers can also use the site as a learning center, having students search through one of the many topics to find information on legislation such as the Patriot Act. Have students research the site with the intentions of creating a multimedia project with their findings. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the pieces of legislation or updates in U.S. policy. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here) This would be great analysis for a civics/government classroom.

With younger students, look for appropriate lesson plans to help them understand an event that happened before they were born but often mentioned in U.S. culture.

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September 11 Teacher Awards - Tribute World Trade Center Organization

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Are you looking for ways to inspire meaningful discussions of September 11th and to help make sense of this tragedy? The Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center of New York ...more
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Are you looking for ways to inspire meaningful discussions of September 11th and to help make sense of this tragedy? The Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center of New York City presents awards to honor teachers who have created exemplary educational projects for students to express and sustain the memory of September 11th. This site shares their projects from the globe and involving all aspects of the arts and humanities, including history, language arts, visual, media and performing arts. Although this site is mainly designed for grades 5-12, there are some activities for younger elementary students found in the "Resources for Your Classroom" section of the site.

tag(s): sept11 (25), terrorism (47), terrorist (14), tolerance (12)

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Use these award winning ideas to commemorate September 11 in a lesson to demonstrate unity or build worldwide understanding. Use the concepts as a springboard to a collaborative project. Ideas vary from sending chains of origami cranes as a wish for peace, composing and singing a song for unity with an online tool such as Woices (beta)reviewed here), writing letters to local politicians, creating poems and transforming them into digital videos or multimedia presentations using Voicethread reviewed here, or taking responsibility for the environment while creating a sense of community by planting gardens. Choose from many ways to inspire students to recognize the importance of September 11 and to involve them in working together to become a more tolerant society. You might be so amazed with the results that you will want to submit your students' projects to be considered for next year's Tribute Center September 11th Teacher Awards. The annual award ceremony takes place on February 26, to commemorate the 1993 first attack on the World Trade Center.
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September 11 Voices of Recovery - Tribute World Trade Center Organization

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7 to 12
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Hear multiple perspectives from the actual recovery site of the September 11, 2001, attack on the New York World Trade Center. Understand what the devastation and challenges were really...more
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Hear multiple perspectives from the actual recovery site of the September 11, 2001, attack on the New York World Trade Center. Understand what the devastation and challenges were really like and how horrific the experience actually was by listening to voices recorded from ordinary citizens that were actually there on that fateful day. Move your mouse over the dots to listen to the emotional audios of various eyewitness reports. This is a realistic opportunity to hear different perspectives on the recovery experience from the point of view of a Salvation Army volunteer, a photographer, a medical examiner, a police commander, a family member and others.

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Display the photograph of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Create a wiki of questions students might have (or want to ask) survivors or those who lost loved ones on that fateful day. Perhaps have them respond to each other's questions with what they believe the responses might be. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through .
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September 11 Timeline of Events - Tribute World Trade Center Organization

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This tribute to 9/11 is a series of interactive photographs that highlights the episodes that transpired from shortly after 8:00 a.m. when the American Airlines flight was hijacked...more
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This tribute to 9/11 is a series of interactive photographs that highlights the episodes that transpired from shortly after 8:00 a.m. when the American Airlines flight was hijacked and struck the first tower of the World Trade Center, to the aftermath when the pile of debris that was once the Twin Towers became flooded with volunteer rescue workers doing the indescribable heroic work of helping the surviving victims and recovering the remains of the human lives that were destroyed. Move your curser over the photographs to read actual descriptions from flight attendants, survivors, firefighters, family members and others who were part of tragic history in the making. This is an opportunity to "relive" that day, almost minute by minute, as if you were actually there.

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Display this pictorial interactive September 11th timeline of the attack on the World Trade Center on your classroom projector or interactive whiteboard. After reading real accounts of what happened, have students work with a partner to create podcasts (news broadcasts, mock interviews with survivors and others involved, or even a student perspective of how that day changed the United States forever). Have students create podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Alternatively, have them narrate an image using Voicethread, reviewed here.
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September 11 Personal Stories of Transformation - The Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center

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September 11 Personal Stories of Transformation is a multi-media classroom resource kit that includes eight videos. Each unit is complete with primary resources, historic context,...more
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September 11 Personal Stories of Transformation is a multi-media classroom resource kit that includes eight videos. Each unit is complete with primary resources, historic context, related links, tool kits, ideas for community service projects, and a teacher's guide. Each story is accompanied by questions that encourage students to connect what happened in recent history to their own lives and the choices they make. The site provides a concrete understanding of what happened and how people responded on September 11, 2001 and how people have worked toward making positive changes around the world after these events.

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As educators, keeping those stories and their impact alive is crucial for our students' understanding of what brought us to that point in history. Use this media based resource kit in its entirety or as individual units where each story serves as a catalyst for students' awareness about the events and examining the context of how history is made. Experience the stories by personal connection by listening to and projecting them, pausing periodically to try some of the Connect and Reflect activities. Students can answer the questions individually, or the questions can be used in a teacher led class discussion. Use a class wiki to display the questions and answers. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Provide a link to this site on your class web page to make its timeline of events and other research resources easily accessible for individuals or groups to conduct further investigations.
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Free Documentaries - freedocumentaries.org

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8 to 12
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This website is a source of free, downloadable documentaries. It is a nonprofit site. The site explains, "you can stream interesting and provocative documentary films for free!" Teachers...more
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This website is a source of free, downloadable documentaries. It is a nonprofit site. The site explains, "you can stream interesting and provocative documentary films for free!" Teachers will want to preview before you share with your class simply because of what "provocative" could mean. Most films are full length, but some are short. There is a helpful menu of topics on the right hand side of the computer screen. This menu makes it easy to navigate and find the type of documentary that is needed. Documentaries range from 9/11 and the London Bombing to The Road to Guantanamo to The Panama Deception to many others.

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. View clips relevant to your topics of study. Use this website to contrast a documentary with the facts that are being taught. Use this site as a point-counterpoint to other perspectives available on the web as part of a discussion of bias. Compare and contrast analysis of the materials versus the known facts is one good use for this website. A short documentary could be shown during class as a launch point for students to create their own documentary style video projects. Share the videos using a site such as Teachers.TV (explained here). Teachers of gifted and high achievers will great possibilities for challenging critical thinking using this site.
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September 11,2001 documentary project - Library of Congress

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From the Library of Congress' American Memory project, this site links to a large collection of audio, video, text, and artwork related the events of September 11, 2001. Users ...more
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From the Library of Congress' American Memory project, this site links to a large collection of audio, video, text, and artwork related the events of September 11, 2001. Users can search by media, by topic or by title.

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This site would be most useful to students doing research on the 9/11 attacks, but also could provide teachers with supplemental material for a lesson on the events of that date. Although teachers will remember the day vividly, most students were young enough when it occurred that their memories will be clouded. Another use for this site is as an example of the power and necessity of primary sources in documenting any event. Compare these resources to accounts we have of Pearl Harbor and other major events as you ask student to conduct an interviewing project of their own, perhaps of local history.

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September 11 Digital Archive - Center for History and New Media

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A good start for accessing a wealth of information related to the events of September 11, 2001, this site provides links to research databases, first person accounts and photo and ...more
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A good start for accessing a wealth of information related to the events of September 11, 2001, this site provides links to research databases, first person accounts and photo and sound galleries. For most teachers, 9/11 is a very recent event and is fresh in our minds. However, for students, the details of that terrible day may be fuzzy either because they were young when it happened, or because they were shielded from much of the news coverage. This site can help present the account. Among the "Special Collections" is a link to an innovative sound memorial site that provides a montage of voices and sounds recorded on September 11. Although the main site does not, some of the linked sites require Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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Preview carefully for younger students. Use the site in your discussions of current events and terrorism-related topics or share it as a resource for high school students doing research projects. As politicians talk about Sept 11, this site can help fill the gaps in your students' background. You can easily demonstrate primary and secondary sources with these engaging examples.
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Portraits of Grief - New York Times

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6 to 12
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To acknowledge the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we remind our users of what is perhaps the most eloquent memorial, the New York Times' site carrying short, simple biographies...more
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To acknowledge the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we remind our users of what is perhaps the most eloquent memorial, the New York Times' site carrying short, simple biographies of each of the people killed in the attacks. Nothing says more about what was lost that day than the stories of those no longer with us. NOTE: While there is nothing violent or unpleasant in any of this content, the images and stories are likely to evoke strong emotions. If you use this site in class, please preview thoroughly.

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9/11 - Voices of Reflection - NPR

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This collection of first-person accounts, reflections, and musical offerings makes an interesting retrospective on the September 11 attacks, and one that classes can listen and react...more
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This collection of first-person accounts, reflections, and musical offerings makes an interesting retrospective on the September 11 attacks, and one that classes can listen and react to together. These recordings could offer a variety of ways in which to focus a discussion of those events.

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Use some of the first hand accounts as a way to teach both about primary sources and the events of 9/11. Divide the class into cooperative learning groups, preferably with 4-5 differing groups. Assign each group a different primary source from the site, with the intentions of presenting a summary to the class. Once all the groups have presented their summaries, play a quick game "survivor" style in which students defend their pieces by validity and reliability. Have a representative from each group go to the front of the classroom, presenting a brief argument where theirs is the most reliable source. After each has presented, have the class vote off sources in rounds until there is only one left! This is a fun way to both teach the content & incorporate historical thinking skills.

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Face to Face: Stories from an Aftermath of Infamy - ITVS

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8 to 12
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This collection of real-life stories from Japanese Americans and Arab and Muslim Americans explores the issues of civil liberties in the wake of two days that changed the world forever...more
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This collection of real-life stories from Japanese Americans and Arab and Muslim Americans explores the issues of civil liberties in the wake of two days that changed the world forever - December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001. Racial hatred, fear, distrust, national loyalty, and the validity of constitutional rights are just a few of the complex issues addressed in the riveting audio interviews. A series of lesson plans guides teachers and students through a comparison of how America responded to these two ethnic groups after the two respective tragedies.

tag(s): racism (14), sept11 (25), terrorism (47), world war 2 (131)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities hosted on this site. The oral interviews would make a great in-class activity, playing them over the projector or interactive whiteboard. Select a section and play the interviews, usually around 5-10 minutes total. Have students listen to the interviews, and write or discuss a response afterwards. Very moving interviews, making a solid base for a class discussion on racism and the effects of globalization.

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September 11: Bearing Witness to History - Smithsonian

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This virtual exhibit provides a collection of stories, images, and objects that represent a material record of September 11, 2001. More than just another 9.11 Web site, this resource...more
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This virtual exhibit provides a collection of stories, images, and objects that represent a material record of September 11, 2001. More than just another 9.11 Web site, this resource sensitively documents the people and stories behind the commonplace objects that survived and were carefully preserved. Audio clips of personal narratives by museum curators are included. This is a thought-provoking, awe-inspiring site that could be used to generate a discussion about the value of material artifacts in historical interpretation. Use with AP or Honors level history students.

tag(s): sept11 (25), terrorism (47)

In the Classroom

The portion of this site with the most impact is the video posted with live footage of the ABC broadcast as the events of 9/11 were unfolding. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and play the video for students as a way to introduce the topic. What's nice about it is that it brings everyone to the same page, as some kids may not remember the details or may have forgotten the extreme emotion involved in that moment. It is a very powerful video, and really relays the significance and the pure shock on the part of News Anchors and Civilians alike on that day. Use the video to lead into a lecture or conversation about what followed the report.

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