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9/11 Lesson Plan Library
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 and theme below
Youth and Family Activities
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum typically offers a variety of programs for visitors with children. All activities use age-appropriate language to help children learn more about 9/11 and how people responded to the attacks.
A Hero's Gear (pdf)
Students will learn about the outfit used by a firefighter on September 11, 2001. Children will then think about the ways they help in their own communities and imagine an outfit that would assist them with those jobs.
(Grades 1-4)
Responding and Remembering Through Art (pdf)
In this activity students will look at ways artists and members of the public responded to the events of September 11, 2001. You will then use images of those responses to create a digital memorial of photographs.
(Grades 3-5)
September 11th - Personal Stories of Transformation
This is a classroom resource kit that contains 8 videos. Each story is accompanied by discussion questions that guide students to connect outcomes of the historic events of September 11th to the choices they make in their own lives.
Spirit of Volunteerism: 9/11 and Beyond (pdf)
This teaching guide explores the themes of service and volunteerism.
Students' Response to 9/11: A Documentary Report (pdf)
Students will document the national response to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, using polls, comment cards from teenagers, and their own recollections.
(Grades 7-12)
Tribute in Light
Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11.
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General Information

The 9/11 Commission Report
This report provides a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. It also includes recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.
The Reckoning: America and the World a Decade After 9/11
The New York Times's special report on the decade's costs and consequences, measured in thousands of lives, trillions of dollars and countless challenges to the human spirit.
The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon
The 9/11 Commission enlisted the help of veteran comic book creators Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón to recreate the difficult to read 9/11 report.
On This Day: September 11, 2001
C-SPAN Classroom has aggregated video resources to help your students learn more about the day and the aftermath of the attacks.
About 9/11Memorial
Through commemoration, exhibitions, and educational programs, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum remembers and honors the 2,983 people killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001
Interactive 9/11 Timeline
This interactive timeline chronicles the events of 9/11 using images, audio and video from the 9/11 Memorial Museum's permanent collection.
Essential Questions for Teaching Sept. 11
Read the blog post in the Thinkfinity Community to learn more about teaching strategies around the events of 9/11.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
The official website for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site.
Pentagon 9/11 Memorial
Visiting the memorial in person is not always an option, so this website includes a robust virtual tour of the memorial through an interactive three-dimensional (3-D) experience.
September 11: Bearing Witness to History
View the National Museum of American History's collection of September 11 related objects and hear stories about them from curators and donors.
The September 11 Digital Archive
Explore more than 150,000 digital items related to 9/11, including images, emails and other electronic communications. (Please add a Warning icon / hover: Some of the material included in the archive may not be suitable for young children.)
September 11 Television Archive
This collection contains television news programs recorded live from around September 11, 2001.
Volunteerism 9/11 and Beyond
Volunteers play a crucial role in fulfilling our mission and bring skill sets that are as diverse as New York City itself.
Tips for Talking to Children about Terrorism
For some, these events—which are typically broadcast widely and often with explicit imagery—can elicit emotions long forgotten. For others, these emotions are being felt for the first time. Attending to these reactions, while also conveying information about an event to our children and students, is no easy task.
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Videos in eMedia

Utah educators and students can download the following videos from UEN’s eMedia

The Road to 9/11: A Brief History of Conflict in the Middle East
A detailed look at the forces that have shaped the Middle East to give an understanding of the current crisis.
FRONTLINE. In Search of Al Qaeda
What happened to the hundreds of Al Qaeda fighters who survived U.S. airstrikes in the mountains of Afghanistan? FRONTLINE follows their trails.
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