HD_Links: Teaching 9/11

National Park Service 9-11 Statue of Liberty and WTC
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The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is approaching and there are plenty of resources out there to supplement your teaching of recent American history, a history that has had far-reaching effects.

The Learning Network (a New York Times educational blog) has been featuring documentaries for teacher use on various subjects. Their most recent entry into the series features a set of docs that highlight those who were affected directly or contributed to the efforts surrounding the events on 9/11. Read more about the four documentaries featured here. For even more resources from The Learning Network, check out this post, complete with thought-provoking questions and prompts.

A pretty comprehensive database of 9/11 teaching resources and lesson plans is maintained by the Clarke Forum at Dickson College. Be sure to check out the award-winning lesson plans for various grade levels.

Teaching 9/11 provides a large amount of resources, including many video interviews that provide some additional perspective on a historical event. The site also provides a suggested interdisciplinary unit and lessons for teaching 9/11.

Larry Ferlazzo might as well be a regular contributor here for our HD_Link posts as his single posts on almost any topic far exceed what we post here. Of course, Larry’s post on 9/11 teaching resources is unmatched. His secret is that he constantly updates older posts, always keeping up with the latest resources.

There are many more resources for teachers to utilize when teaching about the events of September 11, 2001. Between the three links above, one should be able to obtain all the vetted resources needed to do this event justice in our classrooms. That said, I would like to know what you are doing to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11. What resources will you be using for teaching 9/11?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center and he can remember the exact moment when he informed his class of the terrible tragedies taking place in New York and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001.