September 11, 2022

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Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance

September 11th is Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance, a day we honor those who lost their lives and the service members, emergency workers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and others who answered the call to help on September 11, 2001. Use the resources shared in this update to help your students understand this tragic event that remains a pivotal day in US history.

Grades K-3

Community Club

Share this informative site when your class is learning about people in the community. Click on a person to walk through a tour about their career. There are also lesson plans and an audio button you can use to hear the information read aloud!

Grades K-12

9/11 Memorial & Museum - Learn

Learn all about the history of the World Trade Center and explore primary sources about 9/11, interactives, timelines, lesson plans, and more. Incorporate the six primer modules, lesson plans, and resources into your studies.

Grades 5-12

Flight 93 National Memorial

Introduce your students to these everyday heroes on this site related to the Flight 93 National Memorial, the final resting place for the passengers and crew who stopped a terrorist attack. Listen to the powerful Tower of Voices (hosted on YouTube).

Grades 5-12

Center for Civic Education

Find lesson ideas by clicking on Teaching Resources, then clicking the unit “9/11 and the Constitution.” This unit includes four lessons, terms to know, teacher background information, and other information to help you plan your lessons.

Grades 7-12

Remembering 9/11

Take your students beyond September 11th and discover what happened in the days (and years) following. Share these stories from CBS, including information about the effects of 9/11 from 2001 to 2021. Learn about people, buildings/monuments, and progress.

Grades 4-11

September 11 Timeline of Events

This series of interactive photographs captures what transpired on 9/11, both before the first hijacked plane struck the first tower of the World Trade Center at 8:00 AM and the aftermath and resulting flood of volunteers ready to help.

Grades 7-12

September 11, 2001 Documentary Project

As you teach your students about the events of 9/11/01, share this extensive collection of audio, video, text, and artwork related to this tragic day. Your students can search by media, topic, or title to research details.

Grades 10-12

September 11: Bearing Witness to History

More than just another 9/11 resource, this site sensitively documents the people and stories behind the commonplace objects that survived and were carefully preserved after the attack. Use this thought-provoking site to inspire class discussions.

Grades 6-12

Days of Infamy

Let's compare American reactions after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the attacks on the World Trade Center. The real substance of the presentation is a series of audio recordings of commentary and “person-in-the-street” reactions to the two events.

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