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9/11 Lesson Activity with Word Clouds

9/11 Lesson Activity with Word Clouds

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I posted a free lesson activity to commemorate the 9/11 anniversary on the TCI Blog. The activity has students gather the memories of people who remember the day and turn it into word art. Students then immerse into a discussion on the essential question: How do people remember 9/11? You can download the lesson activity free here: http://bit.ly/qAOS9N

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Thomas Riddle's picture
Thomas Riddle
K-12 Curriculum Director , Upper School Principal; Shannon Forest Christian School/Adjunct Professor, Furman University

Thanks Brian and Ron,

I'm compiling a list of available resources and will add these to them. Here are a few our teachers have used in planning thus far:


Perhaps we should compile these on the Wiki?

I'm curious to know how schools are planning to observe the 10th Anniversary. As a district, we've left it up to individual schools. Anyone willing to share their plans?


Sonya Bryant's picture
Sonya Bryant
Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction/Laurens District 55 High

Showing off your site with PD for middle school teachers in Laurens.

saraslowbe's picture
History teacher and site PLC Lead in Escondido, CA

I've been using Collaborize Classroom to engage my students outside the classroom. It is a great tool that also helps to train the students in online etiquette, responding to others, etc. If you haven't tried it yet, go.

In regards to teaching 9/11, I linked the National Museum of American History digital exhibition of primary sources (separated by each of the three sites: WTC, Pentagon, & Shankesville) to my class discussion on CC. The students had to go one of the three sites (their choice) and examine three objects from that site. On our class discussion board, they had to discuss which objects they examined and how those objects supported their understanding of 9/11 or helped them to learn about it. The responses that I got were outstanding! My 10th graders were 5-6 yrs old on 9/11/2001, and this experience opened their eyes. Most of the students wrote about what they learned and how the objects helped them to gain a deeper understanding about 9/11.

I followed this up with a class discussion on 9/12, which allowed the 10th grade students to share with a small and large group, as well as formulate questions that we discussed together. My 11th grade students engaged in a Socratic Seminar in which they formulated questions and had additional readings (required before class started).

I was hesitant to take class time to discuss 9/11 (it is not the state standards at either level), but I am pleased that I did. The student engagement was high and the critical thinking skills that they had to utilize will help in our future learning experiences.

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