September 11, 2001

Congress, in 2009, designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under bipartisan federal law, and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service to help in this effort. Consider commemorating the anniversary by encouraging students to participate in a community service project. Millions of Americans will be honoring those that were lost and those who responded to the tragedy by serving in projects to help others in their community.  Visit United We Serve to search for service opportunities by zip code and access toolkits to help you plan a community service project.  


Below are resources to help you plan for commemoration and instruction in your classroom. 

General Resources

September 11: Teaching Contemporary History
Timeline of September 11, 2001 and K-12 teaching resources from the National Meuseum of American History

Newseum Front Pages Collection on September 12, 2001
A collection of front pages from 800 newspapers from aournd the country and world

9/11 Resources for Teachers
Websites and resources compiled by the U.S. Department of Education

September 11 and Terrorism Fact Sheet
Background about the 9/11 attach, Al-Qaeda, the death of Osama bin Ladin, and mainstream Islam's position on terrorism, from Tanenbaum: Combating Religious Prejudice

America Responds
Classroom Resources and Lesson Plans Grades K-12

Oral History and September 11
The Choices Program provides lesson plans for completing oral history on September 11, 2001

Elementary Resources

Documenting 9/11
Documentary Project submitted by 3rd grade students.

First Responders and the Importance of Helping Others
Discovery Education Digital Lesson Plan

Discovery Education: The Day that Changed America: Freedom and Patriotism
A lesson plan for grades 3-6 that guides students to consider the importance of freedom and rights throughout American History.

Talking with Students about Tragedy

Tips for Talk with children and yough after diaster
Publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

9/11 Heroes
How to talk to kids about war and terrorism