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You might want to check-out my New York Times post that includes 9/11 teaching ideas and a student interactive quiz for English Language Learners.

This Is The Revised & Updated Three-Day 9/11 Lesson I Did This Week (With Hand-Outs & Links)

Video & Transcript Of President Obama’s 9/11 Memorial Speech & How I Will Use It In Class

With the anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon coming-up in less than a month, I thought I would put together a “The Best…” list to highlight some relevant accessible sites for English Language Learners.

Teachers of very young students probably want to review some of the video clips to determine if they would be too disturbing to watch.

There are certainly plenty of resources around that cover many of the country and worldwide effects of the attack in the years since then (and I’ll probably be compiling a list of them soon). This list, though, is focused on sites that talk about the day itself. I do, however, include one or two resources that provide some historical perspective.

Here are my picks for The Best Sites To Help Teach About 9/11 (not in any order of preference):

Online English News has a good report on the Reaction To September 11 that provides audio support for the text.

The CBBC News Around has a simple Guide to the September 11 Attacks

Complete an audio exercise on 9/11 at the Web Language Lab.

America’s Day Of Terror from the BBC has a lot of excellent information. In fact, it might have too much for English Language Learners, so you might want to point students to particular sections of the site.

Steel Artifacts is a New York Times slideshow showing how pieces of the World Trade Center are being used in memorials around the country.

The New York Times has several links to an incredible collection of videos about the attack.

8th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks is a New York Times slideshow.

Remembering September 11th is a series of photos from the Boston Globe’s Big Picture.

There was a disappointing (to me, at least) controversy about building a mosque near the Ground Zero site in New York City.

You can see a slideshow about it from the New York Times.

The New York Times also has an article that can be modified to be made accessible to English Language Learners.

Contemplating Controversy: The Proposed Islamic Center Near Ground Zero looks like another good lesson plan from The New York Times Learning Network.

Muslims and Islam Were Part of Twin Towers’ Life is a New York Times article about the Muslim pray room that was in the Twin Towers.


Remembering the Events of Sept. 11, 2001 is a New York Times slideshow.

Reviving Ground Zero is an interactive from The New York Times.

9/11 in 2010, Remembrance and Rebuilding is from The Big Picture.

9/11 on the Wall shows some pretty interesting post-9/11 wall art from around the country. It’s from The New York Times

Teaching 9/11: Lessons To Inspire Your Students has a large number of resources you can purchase, but also has some good free sample lessons. Thanks to Julie Mushing for the tip.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is the central link to tons, and I mean tons, of resources.

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An organization of educators and survivors’ families known as the 4 Action Initiative has released a free 236-page guide to teaching September 11.
You can read a nice description about it here, and access the entire curriculum here.

Portraits of Grief comes from The New York Times.

Amazing new pictures of Ground Zero site shows One World Trade Center soaring above New York’s skyline is a photo gallery from The Daily Mail.

The New York Times Learning Network has begun a week-long posting of exceptional 9/11 teaching ideas. You’ll be able to find them all here.

Understanding 9/11A Television News Archive

9/11 Ripple is from CNN.

Reflections on 9/11 is a joint project of The New York Times and YouTube.

911 Materials for Teachers comes from the U.S. Department of Education.

Ground Zero Now is an interactive from The New York Times.

This Is My Simple Three-Day Lesson On 9/11 — Can You Help Me Make It Better?

The Reckoning: America and the World A Decade After 9/11 is a massive feature unveiled by The New York Times.

The Lessons is a particularly interesting part of that feature. It reviews how 9/11 is treated in textbooks around the world.

Sept. 11th and Its Aftermath is another NY Times section.

Here Are The Sites I Used In My 9/11 Lesson is a post I’ve written.

9/11: The Photographs That Moved Them Most

9/11 timeline: The story of the day is from the BBC.

9/11: Ten Years Later is from The History Channel.

9/11: The Day of the Attacks is from The Atlantic.

9/11 anniversary: photographers recall day of horror – interactive slideshow is from The Guardian.

Alexander Russo has a not-to-be-missed post including several links to stories on the classroom and school where President Bush was reading to kids at the time of the attacks.

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11: Including ELLs comes from Colorin Colorado.

A Nation Remembers
is a New York Times slideshow.

Remembering 9/11 is a NY Times slideshow.

The Smithsonian has collected a ton of lesson plans related to 9/11.

One World Trade Center: Construction Progress is a photo gallery from Atlantic.

Reader Ideas | Teachers and the 9/11 Anniversary is from The New York Times Learning Network.

High Schools Teachers Address Post-9/11 Stereotypes is from U.S. News.

From Valerie Strauss’ blog: ““For Action Initiative” [is] an effort to provide teachers and community members with tools to help young people understand the attacks as well as challenges they face in ’s world. Those tools include 58 lessons, written and piloted by volunteer teachers and curriculum developers for grades K-12…

9/11 observances: Moments of silence to start 12th anniversary of terror attacks is from CNN.

10 ways the world has changed since 9/11 is a slideshow from The Washington Post.


How Not to Commemorate 9/11: Use 9/11 to Advertise Your Product is from The Atlantic.

9/11: United States marks 12th anniversary of attacks is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

11 moving images from 9/11 submitted by people around the world is from TED Talks.

President Obama spoke at the opening of the New York City 9/11 Museum, and it’s open to the public.

Here are some related resources:

Here’s a photo gallery of the museum from the Boston Globe.

The New York Times has several multimedia features:

Obama Dedicates 9/11 Memorial Museum

At 9/11 Museum Dedication, Remembrance and Resilience

Where the Twin Towers Stood

A New Story Told at Ground Zero

1 World Trade Center Time Lapse – Return of the Lower Manhattan Skyline from Benjamin Rosamond Photography on Vimeo.

9/11: The Flight 93 National Memorial is from The Atlantic.

9/11 From the Front Page to the History Books is a lesson plan from the Newseum.

15 Years After 9/11 Attacks, Classroom Approaches to Topic Take Many Forms is from Ed Week.

Teaching The Attacks of Sept. 11 To Students Who Didn’t Live Through Them is from NPR.

Help Students Get Perspective on 9/11 is from Teaching Tolerance.

Remembering September 11, 2001 is from StoryCorps.

America’s Deliberate Empathy in Teaching 9/11 is from The Atlantic.

Making September 11 Relevant to Young Learners is also from The Atlantic.

15 Years After 9/11 Attacks, Classroom Approaches to Topic Take Many Forms in Ed Week.

Portraits of Grief is from The NY Times.

The Pitfalls of 9/11-Themed Advertisements is from The Atlantic.

From Cornerstone to Skyscraper: One World Trade Center is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.

The most iconic photos from Sept. 11 and its aftermath is from The Washington Post.

Infographic: 18 Years On: 9/11 Illnesses Still Devastating First Responders | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

9/11 Is History Now. Here’s How American Kids Are Learning About It in Class is from TIME.

3 ways educators are addressing the 20th anniversary of 9/11 in curriculum is from Education Dive.

Here’s  9/11 Timeline: Three Hours That Changed Everything from Visual Capitalist. You can find more information on it – and a bigger version – at the link:

What schools teach about 9/11 and the war on terror is from The Conversation.

10 Ways to Teach About 9/11 With The New York Times is from The NY Times Learning Network.

How To Talk About 9/11 With A New Generation Of Kids is from NPR.

On the anniversary of 9/11, ask your students: How has the world changed? is from the PBS NewsHour.

Nine 9/11 Activities & Lesson Plans for the Classroom is from HMH.

Lesson Plans is from 911day.org

CNN has a special twentieth anniversary report.


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