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911The Topic: September 11, 2001

Special Note: This site is intended to be educational. Some of the information and images included in this project may be disturbing, especially for younger learners. While we encourage children to remember, we hope that parents and teachers will be there to help explain events and guide young learners through the complexities behind what they may read and see. Adults should preview sites before providing access to younger children.


The Basics - Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the United States. They hijacked airplanes and crashed two into the World Trade Center buildings in New York City, another into the Pentagon at Washington, D.C., and a fourth plane crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

More Detail - The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were infamous actions. Many grandparents remember the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, then a U.S. Territory. Parents may remember the assassination of President Kennedy. Horrific and unexpected events such as these forever change our lives. The United States and other nations are recovering from events of September 11. They are taking action, rebuilding, and attempting to put events into historical perspective - - a process that can take many years.

Learn more at September 11, 2001 Attacks from Wikipedia.

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America United from Time for Kids
Lots of information about 9/11 and the aftermath.
More from Time for Kids
2) September 11: One Year Later from Time for Kids
Other News Resources
3) It's My Life: September 11th from PBS Kids
4) Six Options Offered to Rebuild Ground Zero from CNN Student News

Remembering September 11 from Scholastic
Articles and news stories one year after 911.
2) 9/11/2001: The Day that Changed America
3) The Day that Changed America
4) Remembering 9/11

September 11: Bearing Witness to History from the National Museum of American History
Articles and artifacts relate to September 11.

We Survived September 11 from National Geographic
This article is told from the perspective of young people who survived 911. It tells the story of children from P.S. 234.

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A Nation Remembers from Time
A website containing articles, photo essays, and archives
Other News Source Archives
2) 9/11/01 from MSNBC
3) American Remembers from CNN
4) One Year Later from Newsweek
5) Remembering Sept. 11 from USA Today

NewsHour Extra: Life after 9.11 from PBS
Lots of news reports, articles, and teacher resources related to 9/11.
2) America Rebuilds from PBS
2) America Responds from PBS
3) Building on Ground Zero from PBS
3) Caught in the Crossfire from PBS
4) Frontline: Inside the Terror Network from PBS
5) Heroes of Ground Zero from PBS
5) In the Mix - 9-11 from PBS
6) In the Mix: The New Normal from PBS

September 11 from Interactive Publishing
A digital collection of articles and screen shots.
1) The September 11 Digital Archive - another digital collection

Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress
Many resources and archives on 911.

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After visiting several of the websites, complete one or more of the following projects.

Design the World Trade Center Replacement. Suppose you had the authority to decide what should be rebuilt on the World Trade Center site. What would you want to build and what would you want it to communicate? Submit your idea to CNN. You can find ideas and procedures at World Trade Center: Your Proposals.

Get Involved. Join The September Project and host or attend a civic event about freedom, democracy, and citizenship.

Complete A September 11th WebQuest. Follow or adapt the procedures found at one of the following WebQuest sites:
1) September 11, 2001: Monuments and Memorials

Record Your Memories of September 11, 2001. Describe your experiences on that infamous day. Include your feelings and reactions. You can keep these private or share them with others. After you have completed this task, reflect on any related differences or changes that you have experienced since then.

Write A Letter for the Future
. If you had the power to make changes or impact the future, what would it be? Write a letter that details your ideas for the future.

Should September 11th Become An Annual Day of National Observance? Some people believe that the date should become an occasion for national observance. Others disagree. Debate the issue. Identify the key factors involved and explain your decision.

Global Impact. Although the US was attacked, some people consider this an attack on the world. What impact have these events had in other countries? How were people around the world affected? Use epals to communicate with students in other countries.

Websites by Kids for Kids

September 11th Through Children's Eyes from ThinkQuest
Student produced 9/11 project.

Why Is My Loyalty Questioned? (2002 ThinkQuest Project)
Read about children who try to lessen the amount of prejudice in the world by developing an awareness of America's attitude towards Asian Americans during World War II and of American Muslims after the terrorists' attack on September 11.

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911 as History
This website is a multi-dimensional program to help youth, parents, and educators address September 11.

Attack on America from Guardian Unlimited
Here is a special report from the British newspaper.

Complete 911 Timeline
A timeline of the events surrounding 911.

Project Rebirth
This website chronicles the rebirth of Ground Zero in New York City.

Rebuilding a Nation's Spirit
Links and resources related to 9/11.

Rescue Operations at the World Trade Center from American Red Cross
On September 11, 2001, two hijacked planes crashed into the twin towers of New York City's World Trade Center. Soon after, both towers collapsed, turning a once vibrant downtown New York into a disaster zone. This is a photo essay site.
2) Terrorist Attack on the Pentagon (Photo Essay) from American Red Cross

September 11 News
Lots of archived articles.

September 11, 2001 Victims
A site dedicated to the victims of September 11, 2001 tragedy.

The World WIll Always Remember September 11
Examples of how cities around the world remember 9/11.

Video Gallery from History.com
Lots of videos from 9/11.

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9/11/2001: The Day That Changed America from Scholastic
Here are lesson plans, activities, and advice for teaching and remembering September 11, 2001.

America Responds to Terrorism from Constitutional Rights Foundation
A series of online lessons and resources designed for classroom use.

Behind the Headline
Resources for educators on the September 11 tragedy and response.

Children of September 11
Links to professional articles and resources to help young people deal with 911.

Remembering September 11 by L. Greenwald, Johns Hopkins University
This lesson plan contains discussion questions, small group activities, writing assignments, and serves as a basis for discussion and reflection on the one year anniversary of September 11, 2001.
Other Lessons from MacNeil-Lehrer Productions and PBS:
2) Advertisers Tread Lightly; Quietly Encouraging Consumers To Spend Again
(Grades 6-12)
3) Arab Americans: In the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks on the U.S. (Grades 6-12)

Remembering September 11 from Education World
These five lessons are not focused on the events or the controversy of September 11; instead, they stress the opportunity this anniversary affords to renew the lessons learned that day about patriotism and tolerance.
Other Education World Websites:
2) Helping Children Cope: Teacher Resources for Talking About Tragedy
3) September 11: Lessons and Resources for Classroom Teachers
4) Sept 12 Initiative: Students Write for a Better World
5) Student Books Capture Feelings About 9/11

War, Terrorism, and Our Classrooms from Rethinking Schools Online
Lots of articles and resources on teaching about war and terrorism.

September 11th and After
from Teaching Tolerance
Whether teaching about current events, creating a welcoming environment for all students, or addressing the emotional needs of children and families in a time of war, educators are at the heart of September 11 response efforts. This site offers a selection of resources to help.

September 11, 2001 from TeacherVision
Use this collection of articles, lessons, and advice to help your students understand the events and repercussions of September 11, 2001.

Teaching 9-11-01 from The Clarke Center, Dickinson College
This site provides useful links to resources, sample lesson plans, syllabi and modules.

What is 9/11 as History from Families and Work Institute
This site stresses the importance for parents, teachers and other adults who work with children to be prepared to help their children process this day in a way that affirms the sadness of the day, but emphasizes the hope and strength of our communities and the amazing ability of people to help each other in time of need.

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9/11/2001: The Day That Changed America from Scholastic
This special section was created to help parents stimulate thought and discussion with children.

Tips for Parents: Remembering September 11 from Families and Work Institute
This site provides tips for parents on communicating with children and navigating the media.

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Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 9/02, Updated 7/07.

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