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September 11, 2001  (M)
From Scholastic for grades 3-5. A brief summary on the events of the day and its aftermath.

Understanding September 11  (Y,M,O,T)
A collection of September 11-themed lesson plans, news stories, videos, and book lists to help students comprehend the 9/11 attacks and understand their lasting impact on the United States and the world, as well as why it was a transformative moment in U.S. history. Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Osama Bin Laden  (O,T)
From Scholastic GO for Grades 6-8 and 9-12. A digital resource for educators seeking to provide authentic nonfiction content and improve literacy skills on Osama bin Laden

Encountering History: A 9/11 Lesson Plan  (M,O,T)
From Scholastic for grades 6-8 and 9-12. Encourage students to understand the events of September 11, 2001, through first-person accounts and their own interviews. Lesson Plan is suitable for language arts, journalism, history, and social studies classes.

"I Was 11 on 9/11": An Eyewitness Account of September 11, 2001  (M,O,T)
From Scholastic for grades 3-5 and 6-8. A student from New York City tells what it was like to live through the tragic day.

Eyewitness Accounts: Teens Describe the September 11 Attacks  (M,O,T)
From Scholastic Teac for grades 3-5 and 6-8, Three teenagers share their experiences of the September 11 attacks.

September 11 Books for Grades 6-8  (M,O,T)
From Scholastic fro grades 6-8. A curated list of books to help students learn about 9-11.

September 11 Attacks  (M,O,T)
A comprehensive look at 911 from Content includes videos, audio clips, photos, and articles featuring the World Trade Center, Osama bin Laden, the Pentagon Attack, the Twin Towers Collapse, Flight 93, America's Response, Creating of Homeland Security, Economic Impact, the Victim Compensation Fund, and creation of the 9/11 Memorial.

September 11, 2001, Documentary Project  (M,O,T)
From the Library of Congress for grades 3-12. The September 11, 2001 Documentary Project captures the reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93.

9/11 Commission Records  (O,T)
From the National Archives for grades 9-12. The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, known as the 9/11 Commission, was created by Congress to provide a "full and complete accounting" of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and to provide recommendations as to how to prevent such attacks in the future. The Commission, existing from 2003 - 2004, held hearings, conducted interviews, and produced a report.

Educational Opportunities at Flight 93 National Memorial  (M,O,T)
Flight 93 National Memorial Learning Center is a classroom where teachers, students, park rangers, and volunteers identify and explore the story of Flight 93 and September 11. Workshops are provided by the staff of Flight 93 National Memorial as well as various professional and educational groups. The park also offers a cell phone tour that can be used on-site as well as anywhere. Field trips to the park can be scheduled in advance through the park's Education Specialist. Teachers are invited to register their groups for a once in a lifetime ranger led curriculum based program.

9/11 and the Constitution  (M,O,T)
From the Center on Civic Education for grades 6-12. This comprehensive lesson plan includes a section for teachers, and Intro, four lessons, and a questionnaire for students to complete. The complete lesson is available online or in a colorful PDF format that can be downloaded.

Special Report-United We Stand  (M,O,T)
From offering student and teacher companion sites, activities and resources and reference materials for Grades 6-12. This site includes "Upholding the American Spirit", a series of Posters and PDF Lesson Plans. Also Featured on this are resources for Recovery and Remembrance, Background Information on September 11, 2001, Primary Sources, The United States Responds, and Classroom Lessons.

102 Minutes That Changed America  (M,O,T)
The terror of 9/11 is chronicled in real time utilizing footage from personal camcorders, police and fire department recordings, and in-the-moment commentary from first responders and witnesses.

The Reckoning: America and the World a Decade after 9/11   (M,O,T)
An interactive archive article from the Ne York Times with multiple first hand accounts and personal experience quotes. Grades 6-12

The 9/11 anniversary in the classroom  (M,O,T)
News Article for Students and Teacher Resources for grades 6-12 from Includes a PDF downloadable "Background Information for Students" article and multiple recommended resources for the classroom.

Teaching and Learning About 9/11 With The New York Times  (M,O,T)
From the Learning Network, a teaching and learning blog component of The New York Times. This website has many captivating resources related to 9/11 including "The First 10 Days: Front Pages of The New York Times". There are well over 100 uniquely interesting resource links to explore on this website.

9/11 Interactive Timelines  (M,O,T)
From 9/11, these interactive timelines feature objects, images, video, and first-hand accounts from people who witnessed the events unfold. Three timelines are linked to this site: September 11 Attack Timeline, Recovery at Ground Zero Timeline 1993, and the WTC Bombing Timeline

Only Plane in the Sky  (M,O,T)
From the 9/11 webiste for grades 6-12. Journalist and historian Garrett Graff recounts the harrowing story of 9/11 in Only Plane in the Sky, a comprehensive, minute-by-minute account of the attacks based on extensive research and oral history interviews. The website offers both highlight and fill clip videos of this presentation.

Talking to Children about Terrorism  (T)
From the 9/11 website. Offers parents and educators tips and guidelines to help talk to children about terrorist acts and the strong emotions that come with those events. The site also includes outside links for other resources that can provide additional guidance.

9/11 Lesson Plans  (M,O,T)
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum offers interactive lesson plans for students in grades 3 to 12 that address the 9/11 attacks, their ongoing repercussions, and the history of the World Trade Center. Lessons plans are divided by grade level.

Webinar 2019  (M,O,T)
From the 9/11 Memorial and Museum website as part of their Anniversary in the Schools program, which introduces students to first-person accounts of the 9/11 attacks. The video is approximately 25 minutes long.

September 12th: We Knew Everything Would Be All Right (Book Reading)  (Y,M)
Michele Keltner, principal at DeSoto Trail Elementary School, reads September 12th: We Knew Everything Would Be All Right (Book Reading) by Masterson Elementary Students.

September Roses  (Y,M)
This story for children, written by Jeanette Winter, is about the experience of two rose growers and what they did to help during September 11th.

There's a Big Beautiful World Out There  (Y,M)
A helpful book to read to young children during stressful times. Written by Nancy Carlson on September 12th, 2001 and read with author permission by Pat McCaw.

What Happened On September 11, 2001? (child friendly 9+)  (Y,M)
From eaglesgirl426 You Tube channel.

Terrorism, Anti-Terrorism, Taliban and Afghanistan Links 2001  (O,T)
A large collection of links related to the terrorist movement. In particular, there are several links regarding the oppression of women under the Taliban in Afghanistan. Lots of material to use in many different ways. Site specifically dates 2001 so you can see what information was out there at the time of the September 11 attack.

America Responds  (T)
PBS has put together several lesson plans related to the disaster, including A World at Peace (elementary school), Tolerance in Times of Trial (middle and high school), Emergency Preparedness (middle school), and Taming Terrorism (high school).

The September 11 Digital Archive  (M,O,T)
Archive of electronic media containing more than 150,000 digital items.

9/11 Activities at Home   (Y,M)
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is pleased to offer a number of activities that can teach your children about courage, compassion, resilience, and hope.

Learning from the Challenges of Our Times: Global Security, Terrorism, and 9/11 in the Classroom  (Y,M,O,T)
A New Curricular Initiative for Students in Grades K-12 created by the State of New Jersey. A 264 page PDF download includes lesson plans and themes for elementary, middle and high school students. There are also articles offering expert advice on working with children and trauma, conflict resolution and peacemaking efforts, and educational materials for teaching about these topics.

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