9/11 Attacks

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The lesson introduces students to the events on September 11, 2001 in New York City and other places in America.  The lesson also discusses the effects of Nine-Eleven on the U.S. and the world.  Included as well is information on the heroes, those who died, and the U.S. response to the attacks.  Most students may have heard the term “Nine-Eleven” but many of them may not be familiar as to the extent of the tragedy on that day in 2001, and as to its relation to terrorism in the world today.  Finally, teachers and students are to be wary of some of the inaccurate stories that may be found on the Internet related to 911.

Nine-Eleven Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the Nine-Eleven emergency number
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The historical lesson provides information to students about Nine-Eleven. The lesson will help your students gain an understanding of the events of that day and the impact they had on the United States and the rest of the world.  Additionally, the lesson provides information about the first responders and other heroes, the people who died, and the U.S. response to the attacks.  Most students may have heard the term “Nine-Eleven” but many of them may not be familiar as to the extent of the tragedy on that day in 2001, and as to its relation to terrorism in the world today.  Finally, teachers and students are reminded to be wary of some of the inaccurate stories that may be found on the Internet related to 911.

Classroom Procedure:

  1. Ask students: What does 911 mean to you?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Some students’ responses will relate to the emergency number.  Ask students if they know the significance of the date 9-11-2001.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Students may share as much as they know about the 911 events.  Ask students what they would like to know about the event, what their parents may have told them about it, etc., or if they or their family knew anyone who may have passed away during the event.
  4. Allow responses and discussion. Ask students if they have ever seen video of the event.  Introduce Nine-Eleven.
  5. Distribute Nine-Eleven content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Remind students not to judge people by their race, religion, or country of origin.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Group students in 3s.  Encourage students to spend a fair amount of time with each question, and that they may have differences of opinions.
  7. After enough time, allow groups of students to share their responses with the class. Debate when necessary.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: What do you believe is the best way, in your community or throughout the world, to convince and encourage people not to harm other people, whether family members, strangers, or friends?

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3   CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5   CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3   CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3   CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2   CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3   CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2   CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4   CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies