These lesson plans and activities offer students ways to discuss the events of September 11, 2001, and reflect on its repercussions.
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Teaching 9/11: Lesson Plans and Activities
Teach September 11th in a way that honors students' intellectual curiosity, yet is appropriate for their age.
Foster a sense of understanding about the tragic events of September 11 with this lesson plan.
My current students may have a difficult time remembering September 11th since they were 4 to 5 years old when this significant event changed the course of history. Since I often refer to 9/11 when discussing various pieces of literature, I wanted my students to have a firm understanding of the event, and so created the Remembering September 11th lesson. This lesson is broken into three phases: class discussion, group research, and individual project.
Teach your students about performing good deeds in observance of September 11.
Discusses the book Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice, which deals with the origin of hate as well as how hate can be unlearned.
This straightforward analysis of the September 11th attacks provides clear and concise answers to what happened and why it happened. The historical and religious background is logically presented, and a profile of Osama bin Laden is included.
History and News Coverage of September 11th
Jeff Cox, a 15-year-old Eagle Scout from Windermere, Florida, wanted to give his community a way to honor the victims of September 11, 2001 every day, so he brought a piece of the World Trade Center buildings to his hometown for a memorial.
Grolier Online offers background information on the events of September 11, 2001.
In 2004, President George W. Bush signed four executive orders, the first steps in meeting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report.
Remembering September 11th
Just blocks away from Ground Zero, former President Bill Clinton spoke to a gathering of survivors and family members of victims of September 11 at the Voices of September 11th Day of Remembrance in New York City on Wednesday.
Some people see the site of the World Trade Center as a place of sadness. Others see it as a place for rebuilding and rebirth. When Kid Reporter Grace McManus visited on a hot day this summer, she saw it as both.