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9/11 – A Day in Infamy (pdf)
This lesson plan emphasizes the sequence of events that occurred before, during and after 9/11 to help increase students’ basic knowledge while correcting inaccuracies and misunderstandings.
(Grades 6-12)
The 9/11 Commission Report Lesson Plan (pdf)
Students will learn about the creation of the 9/11 Commission and review the Report’s Executive Summary and the legislation that implemented some of the recommendations.
(Grades 9-12)
The Boss and the New Jersey Connection (pdf)
Students will listen to and discuss the songs from Bruce Springsteen’s album responding to 9/11.
(Grades 6-12)
A Fireboat and Its Heroic Adventures (pdf)
In this lesson, students will read Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey and then discuss 9/11 and its relationship to the story.
(Grades 3-5)
A Firefighter’s Story (pdf)
In this lesson, students will read accounts of 9/11 from a firefighter’s point of view and then will examine 9/11 through the eyes of other emergency personnel, including firefighters, police officers and other uniformed individuals.
(Grades 9-12)

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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)

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The Little Chapel That Stood (pdf)
Students will read the poem, The Little Chapel That Stood, and then discuss what the chapel represented to the people prior to 9/11 and the days after 9/11, in addition to their own reactions to the poem and the chapel itself.
(Grades K-5)

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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.

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The Survivor Tree (pdf)
In this lesson, students will learn about the Callery Pear Tree. Although it barely survived the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero, it was relocated and continued to grow and bloom despite its rather grim state, becoming a symbol of hope.
(Grades 2-5)

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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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