History in the Making: Remembering September 11, 2001
With a focus on the events of September 11, 2001, these lesson plans and activities teach the value of primary sources as a means to remembering people, events, and recent history.
Created by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, in conjunction with Scholastic Inc., History in the Making features national standards–based lessons and activities to help students think critically about:
- how current events become part of history
- how the past affects our lives—as individuals, as members of a local community, and as citizens of the world
What students should know:
- The events of September 11 were witnessed by a global audience in real time. As a result, there is an abundance of primary source material—first-person testimonies, objects, and digital materials—for scholars and future generations interested in learning about this event.
- Different people may describe or remember the events of September 11, 2001, in different ways.
- Artifacts—from building remnants to personal belongings—provide concrete evidence of past events.
- It is important for artifacts to be preserved by archivists and museum curators so that historians and future generations may study and learn about the past.
Teacher Introduction/Background (PDF)
Connections to National Standards (PDF)