I’m sure you remember exactly where you were when the twin towers were hit. I certainly know I do! However, today’s students are often too young to remember what all went on during that day and the months after that (and many had not even been born yet!). This year I want to do something to help students remember and understand why September 11, 2001 (or Patriots Day) is so special and needs to be respected and honored.
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September 10 “Homework”
On September 10, my students will receive a homework assignment – to ask their families where they were on 9/11 and their thoughts on that day. This will give me insight into what my students already know, and it will help students who have no/little knowledge get some information before we start our lesson in class. (Obviously this won’t work for most students today. Have them ask their parents were they were instead.)
On September 11, I am going to start by reading 14 Cows for America. Just recently I was introduced to this book by my school’s librarian. It’s the story of a man who was studying in New York City during the attacks. When he went home, he told his people all that had happened. They then decided to share 14 of their sacred cows with the American people. It shares the true character and kindness that so many people felt or gave during one of our country’s most difficult times. I believe it would work well for students grades 2 and up.
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Even More Book Ideas
- September 11 Then and Now (True Books)
- America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell (Actual Times)
- The 9/11 Dogs (Harpertrue Friend – A Short Read)
- What Were the Twin Towers? (What Was?)
- September 12th: We Knew Everything Would Be All Right
- I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001 (I Survived, Book 6)
- 10 True Tales: Heroes of 9/11 (Ten True Tales)