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September 11: Bearing Witness to History - Smithsonian
Grades10 to 12
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This is the archived version of the virtual exhibit for September 11, 2001. It provides a collection of stories, images, and objects that represent a material record of 9/11. More ...more
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This is the archived version of the virtual exhibit for September 11, 2001. It provides a collection of stories, images, and objects that represent a material record of 9/11. 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. 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.
In the ClassroomThe portion of this site that was the most impactful was the video posted with live footage of an ABC broadcast as the events of 9/11 were unfolding. You can access the Encyclopdeia Britanica's version of the video on YouTube here. Play the video on an interactive whiteboard or projector, for students as a way to introduce the topic. The advantage of this is 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 airline personel (actual audio of First Responders, Air Traffic Controllers, Dispatch Personnel, Airline Employees ...) on that day. Use the video to lead into a lecture or conversation about what followed the report using the Bearing Witness to History site. Are you using blended learning in your class? Having students view the video at home and discussing it in class is perfect for blended learning if your district blocks YouTube. Whether viewing in class or at home you may want to use Moocnote, reviewed here, to add comments, links, and questions to the video.
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