Key Takeaways

  • The anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks provides an opportunity for students to learn about one of the most important events in recent history.
  • Narrative nonfiction is an effective tool to teach kids about 9/11 while promoting empathy.
  • Two powerful stories featured in Scholastic Classroom Magazines help students learn how events such as 9/11 can affect kids just like them.
  • As we commemorate the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, many teachers are looking for ways to incorporate this important topic in their lessons. To help educators, Scholastic Classroom Magazines is sharing some of their nonfiction articles about 9/11 along with accompanying instructional resources to use in your classroom.

    The articles tell the story of Helaina Hovitz, who was a 12-year-old student sitting in science class in her school near the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. Your students will learn about her experiences that day, her struggles following the attacks, and how she was inspired to become a journalist and report on people who create positive change in the world. Narrative nonfiction like these articles makes lessons relevant and engaging to students. They'll not only learn key facts, they'll also gain empathy by seeing through another child's eyes and understanding what she felt.

    For students in grades 6–8, please use the article from Scholastic Scope®, the English language arts magazine that features engaging texts in multiple genres to support your curriculum and ELA standards. Choose from versions at the Lexile© levels 820L and 1010L.

    For students in grades 6–12 who are striving readers, please use the article from Scholastic Action®, the reading intervention magazine that provides teen-friendly texts and activities to improve literacy skills. Choose from versions at the Lexile® levels 540L, 670L, and 800L.

    Accompanying the articles are digital resources including videos, activities, and skills sheets. To access these and many other high-quality print and online resources, try any Scholastic Magazine free throughout September. To get started, click here.