Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering 9/11...Eleven Years Later

I wanted to acknowledge this day in history as today marks the national (and international) tragedy of 9/11. It is one of those events that conjures up memories of where we were and what we were doing eleven years ago today when we heard the news. Last year commemorated the ten-year anniversary of this tragedy, which provided opportunities to reflect on 9/11 through a multitude of online resources. I posted several of these resources last year on my blog post Remembering 9/11 with Online Resources. I've also listed them again below. A new resource includes the memorial's website, which includes lesson plans for students of all grade levels. 

Although the ceremonies associated with the tragedy of 9/11 are on a much smaller scale today, the memory of this event is still present. Consider resources that can be used to generate teaching moments within your classrooms, or use these resources as a personal reminder of a day in history that you will never forget.

The United Federation of Teachers produced a documentary interviewing dozens of educators in New York City who managed the crisis from inside the schools and guided over one million students to safety.

Thinkfinity provides online conference and community connections, as well as several classroom resources to teach about 9/11.

The National Geographic website provides a video segment of President George W. Bush recounting his experience surrounding the events of 9/11 (to be aired on Sunday).

The Guardian has collected memories of 9/11 from individuals around the world over the last ten years. Individuals recount their memories of what they were doing when they heard about the attack.

The Washington Post has a series of stories covering the ten-year commemoration of 9/11. A few of the stories include the following: A pilot who was ordered to take down United 93Nine lives that were directly affected by 9/11 and where they are now; and the age of 9/11, which recounts how old certain individuals were when the planes struck the World Trade Center, where they were, and where they are now, "10 years older, 10 years after the attacks." 

StoryCorps has documented some touching stories of individuals recounting the loss of loved ones who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks. Here are three: John and JoeShe Was the One; and Always a Family. StoryCorps has a goal of recording at least one interview for each life lost in the terrorist attacks.

NPR highlights an artist, Marc Farre, who lived in New York City and witnessed the events of that day. He attempted to capture 9/11 in a song. Listen to the song here. This is what NPR had to say about it: "We received a lot of songs from amateur musicians back then, and Farre's was the most powerful one we heard — it seemed to capture the loss and fears of that day."

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