Facing the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001 will be difficult for many people, in the United States and across the world. For teachers the challenge is to help students understand that day and our country’s response to it. Among the online resources for educators, we have found these to be the most helpful: The “September 11: Teaching Contemporary History” website provides lesson plans and activities from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the three memorial organizations, and others. The site now offers recordings of the early August online conference sessions for EL, MS, and HS teachers.
Materials are also available to help parents talk about 9/11 with their children. Access education services company Pearson’s free September 11 resources. The two Pearson collections, one for K-6 and the other for 6-12, include lesson plans, audio of survivors, and a booklet to share with secondary students. This week the NYT’s Learning Network offers thoughts on how to use the anniversary of 9/11 to help students understand history, and why it is essential for them to see that history is more than chronology.
Edutopia’s Suzie Boss suggests several 9/11 resources in her August 29 blog. Especially helpful are brief guides from the National Association of School Psychologists. The advice can help educators, parents and young people face the pain and questions which memories of 9/11 provoke.
If you decide to use video of people’s responses to the attacks, the History Channel provides interactive maps with linked video clips. Finally, the Associated Press has created a free style and reference guide.