Remembering 9/11: Resources for the 10th AnniversaryPosted: August 30, 2011
This year is the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks against the United States. There’s a wealth of information out there that can be used in the classroom as you teach about September 11. We’ve compiled a fraction of it for you here, and will continue to update the list as additional resources become available. If you have any resources or suggestions, feel free to share in the comments.
The internet is chock full of videos, photos, and audio from and related to September 11, 2001. A search for “September 11” on YouTube returns close to 200,000 videos. Some of these videos, while disturbing, may be useful — you can find news broadcasts from the day of the attacks, for example. Here are some additional media resources that might be useful:
America Remembers 9/11 (PBS Newshour): As we approach the anniversary of the attacks, PBS NewsHour is working with local PBS stations to launch a “9/11 Video Quilt” in which average Americans reflect on changes since 2001. The article and video here explain how to submit your own video, and PBS NewsHour’s YouTube page can be found here.
Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think (Unity Productions Foundation): A 58 minute documentary, “Inside Islam” explores the opinions of Muslims around the world. As part of thisproject, Gallup conducted tens of thousands of interviews with residents in 35 predominantly Muslim nations, as well as smaller populations in Europe and the USA.
Reflections on 9/11: 10 Years Later (YouTube): Launched by Google and the New York Times, this is the official “9/11” YouTube channel. It contains archived broadcasts from September 2001 as well as unique content from the NYT. In addition, people are invited to submit personal stories and answers to questions, which may be selected to appear on the channel this September 11th. A PC Magazine story explains the page here.
Remembering 9/11 (Natural Geographic Channel): Features associated with the Natural Geographic Channel’s “Remembering 9/11” series. In addition to an episode guide, the website has photos and video clips. Under the “more” tab, there are additional resources, including a timeline of the events on September 11, 2011 and an interview archive.
Ten Years After 9/11 — A World of Difference (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace): An interactive page featuring articles and video analysis from Carnegie experts. The experts assessed the global significance of the attacks and their aftermath one year after 9/11, and are now revisiting their original analyses — ten years later. Both the 2002 and 2011 perspectives are offered side-by-side on the site.
Today’s Front Pages (Newseum): A compilation of September 12, 2001 newspaper front pages from around the world.
TV Commemorates 10th Anniversary of 9/11 (USA Today): A guide to specials, documentaries, and commemorations that will be shown on TV in late August and early September.
What Students Need to Know about 9/11: Ten Years Later (Foreign Policy Resource Institute): Two live webcasts designed for secondary school students that will take place on September 8, 2011 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. The archived webcasts will also be available on FPRI’s website afterwards.
“Al Qaeda’s 9/11 Obsession” (Brookings): A brief article that provides some remarkable insight into the mindset of Al Qaeda and other (foiled) terror plots.
“For Muslim Family, Faith Complicates Grief For Loved One Lost on 9/11” (CNN): An article that illustrates the struggles of a Muslim woman who lost her husband in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
“How Do You Teach About 9/11?” (The Learning Network, New York Times): A blog post in which teachers around the country share the ways in which they teach about 9/11 in the comments. The Learning Network blog will continue to feature articles on the subject as the anniversary date nears.
“New York Becomes the Occupied Territories” (Al Jazeera): An opinion piece looking at the balance between civil liberty and security in New York, post-9/11.
“Robert D. Kaplan on World Anarchy and Order after 9/11” (The Atlantic): Kaplan (a writer for The Atlantic and a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security) looks back at the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan post-9/11.
“Sunday Comics Commemorating 9/11” (United Press International): An idea of what this September 11th’s Sunday comics might have in store. With 93 cartoonists commemorating the 10th anniversary, the comics section will likely be a unique conversation-starter. Some of the original artwork will later be on display at Pittsburgh’s own Toonseum.
“TSA Remembers 9/11: Not Just Another Day at Work in the Pentagon…” (White House): The TSA recently asked their employees to share personal remembrances of 9/11. The White House blog highlights one here, with a link to others.
“We Are All Americans: The World’s Response to 9/11” (Mental Floss): An overview of the international reactions (both organized and spontaneous) that occurred after the September 11 attacks. (h/t to Bob at VisitPittsburgh for the link!)
“White House Issues Guides on Sept. 11 Observances” (New York Times): An overview of the guidelines set by the White House for government officials regarding the observance of the September 11 anniversary.
“9/11 in the Arts” (New York Times): A listing of art exhibits and events happening in honor of the September 11th anniversary. A majority of the listings link to websites associated with the projects.
Hundreds — possibly thousands — of books have been written about September 11, 2001. There are memoirs, background texts, stories of bravery and heroism, picture books, conspiracy theories, transcripts, and government documents. We’ve picked just three that may be of interest to our teachers and students. The links go to Amazon for convenience, but check your local library! You can find a link to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s website here.
Inside Terrorism (Bruce Hoffman): A comprehensive primer that answers the question, “What is terrorism?” A great source for definitions, scenarios, and explanations of the causes of terrorism.
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Lawrence Wright): This Pulitzer Prize-winning book examines the history of Al-Qaeda, the background behind several terrorist attacks, and the events that led to the September 11th attacks. Although the book is jam-packed with information (including maps and an extensive index), it is riveting and emotional.
With Their Eyes: September 11th — The View from a High School at Ground Zero (edited by Annie Thoms): The students, faculty, and staff of Stuyvesant High School (located 4 blocks from Ground Zero) dealt with the tragedy in a creative manner. The students interviewed their classmates, faculty and staff at the school about the events of that day, and the transcripts were turned into “poem-monologues.” This book adds a personal perspective to the events of September 11, and is appropriate for a high school student curriculum.
Additional Resource Compilations
A list of…lists. A number of organizations and websites have taken the time to compile resources about September 11th. You’ll find some of the best ones below.
America and the World After 9/11 (Brookings): The scholars at the Brookings Institute examine the United States and the World ten years after 9/11. They have a number of articles and other resources, including a live web chat with one of their experts.
America Responds (PBS): A list of resources compiled shortly after the attacks on September 11, 2011. Although the information here is older, it may still have value in teaching about the events of 9/11.
Maktaba (University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center and teh Consortium for Education Resources on Islamic Studies): Although not specifically related to September 11, this website is an excellent resource for general information on Islamic Studies, designed for K-16 educators and students. Maktaba‘s resource list includes teaching materials and curricula, books, films, links, and artifacts (available through a lending-library).
Materials to Teach about 9/11 (Choices Program): Curricula and lesson plans about 9/11, terrorism, Iraq, Afghanistan and “teaching with the news.”
Resources for Teaching About 9/11 (eSchool News): A list of resources for educators for teaching about the September 11 attacks, including lesson plans, articles, digital archives, podcasts, and webcasts.
Responding to the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 (Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies): A continually updated list, this resource guide includes events and webinars as well as resources for the classroom.
September 11: Lessons and Resources for Classroom Teachers (Education World): A lengthy list that includes lesson plans as well as additional resources for teaching about September 11th.
September 11th Resources (ibiblio): An extensive list of resources related to the events of September 11, 2001. The materials are categorized by topic for easy searching.
Teaching About September 11 (Young Heroes of History): A list of resources for teachers, some of which might be suitable for English teachers. Includes online and offline (book) suggestions.
Teaching Tools – 9/11 Day (9/11 Day of Service): Resources for teachers who are interested in engaging their students in the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. This page is closely tied to the Scholastic 9/11 Day page, with additional service-learning resources and opportunities to share information with other educators.
War and Terrorism – September 11 (NCSS): A great list of resources specifically tailored to social studies educators about 9/11 and the aftermath. Links and resources regarding tolerance and prejudice are also included on this page.
World Trade Center – Related Curricula for Teachers (Tribute WTC): A list of resources including history of the World Trade Center and lesson plans on 9/11 as History. The menu on the left-hand side also includes links to information on developing tolerance, helping kids with fear, trauma, and stress, and award-winning classroom projects.
9/11 Commemorations and Information (USA.gov): Information about 9/11 memorials, exhibits, and links to additional resources including the digital archive and 9/11 Commission records.
9/11 Resources (School Library Journal): A great compilation of resources geared toward secondary school educators, including teaching guides, webcasts, and other specially-geared educational materials.
The 9/11 Anniversary Reader (Foreign Policy): The great minds at Foreign Policy magazine “sift through the glut of 10th-anniversary coverage, so you don’t have to.” Links include resources from the New York Times, Newsweek, and even Saturday Night Live. The site will be continually updated through the week, and promises to include the highlights from this week’s 9/11 coverage.
The 9/11 Decade (Al Jazeera English): A comprehensive page looking at 9/11 and the decade that followed. Resources include global reflections, correspondent analysis, interviews from the field, and a wealth of pictures.
Flight 93 National Memorial (U.S. National Park Service): The website for the National Memorial for Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA. Phase 1 of the permanent memorial will be dedicated on September 11, 2011.
Pittsburgh Cares: Find local volunteer/service opportunities and participate in the 9/11 Day of Service.
Pittsburgh Islamic Center: For more information on helping students understand Islam, contact the Pittsburgh Islamic Center. Consider a tour of the Center, inviting an Imam to answer students questions and to talk about terrorism and Islam, or providing your students with an opportunity to try on traditional clothing from parts of the Arab world.
Too Soon? Humor, Art and Media in a Post-9/11 World: A panel discussion presented by Toonseum, the talk will look at the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks and the effect it had on humor, art, and the media.
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh: Leading up to the 10th anniversary of September 11, the Council will feature several programs for the general public, as well as students and teachers.
A disclaimer (just in case): Any opinions expressed in the resources listed above are those of the author(s) and are not necessarily those of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. We suggest you review any resources for appropriateness and quality before utilizing them.