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September 11 is a National Day of Service and Remembrance. 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.
September 11: Teaching Contemporary HistoryTimeline of September 11 and K-12 teaching resources from the National Museum of American History
In Rememberance-Teaching September 11Teachinghistory.org provides descriptions and links to online resources for teaching, learning about, and remembering 9-11, including use of historical thinking skills to learn about the experiences of those who remember.
Newseum Front Pages Collection-September 12, 2001 Newspaper front pages from around the country and world.
The September 11 Digital Archive "The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath."
September 11 and Terrorism Fact Sheet Background about the 9-11 attack, Al-Qaeda, the death of Osama bin Ladin, and mainstream Islam's position on terrorism, from Tanenbaum: Combating Religious Prejudice.
America at War Overview, database, and multi-media presentations on September 11 and the U.S. response from the Washington Post
September 11, 2001 Resources New York Times website includes archive of recent and historic news articles, victim profiles, multimedia presentations, essays, and book suggestions.
9/11 RememberedIn depth coverage from PBS including Frontline, NOVA, and Newshour.
9/11 Materials for TeachersWebsites and resources compiled by the U.S. Department of Education.
September 11, 2001: Attack on America Documents from Avalon Project at the Yale Law School. Search for individual documents or browse by days from September 11th forward.
Basic Background (from MCPS) Basic Background about Arab Culture, Islam, and the Middle East in Adobe Acrobat format, a basic two-page overview.
Discovery Education: First Responders and the Importance of Helping Others LessonA lesson plan for K-2 students that focuses on the role of first responders and citizens in keeping the community safe.
Discovery Education: The Day that Changed America: Freedom and PatriotismA lesson plan for grades 3-6 that guides students to consider the importance of freedom and rights throughout American history, including 9-11.
Smithsonian American Folk Life Center: 9-11 Through the Eyes of ChildrenDrawings from Third Grade Students after 9-11.
Teaching 9-11Lessons from Dickinson College for Elementary grades.
The Institute on Religion and Civic ValuesTeacher resources and lesson plans on Islam and other world religions.
American Arab Discrimination CommitteeResources and links to answers on most anything related to Arab culture.
Exploring Ancient World Cultures: Islam Section on Islam from ""Exploring Ancient World Cultures," provided by University of Evansville; introductory, on-line, college-level textbook of ancient world cultures.
Introduction to Islam Provided by the Middle East Institute, this online version of M. Cherif Bassiouni's book offers an interesting and useful introduction to the history and culture of Islam for non-Muslim readers.
Islam: Empire of Faith Website to accompany the PBS TV series; good resources for K-12 educators.
Islamic Studies By Dr. Alan Godlas, professor of Religion at the University of Georgia.; Web resources with selected articles on the recent events.
Muslim Life in America A basic introduction to various aspects of Muslim-American life from the U.S. State Department
Teaching about Religion Teaching materials and thoughtful approaches to teaching about religion in public schools.
America Responds Lesson plans for each level and links to resources from PBS
Confronting September 11 "Response to the Events of September 11, 2001"; Student readings and lesson ideas. All fall under the careful review of the Facing History and Ourselves organization
Teaching 9-11-01 Links to online lesson plans, organized by subject and grade level, on September 11 run by the Clarke Center of Dickinson College
Life After 9/11PBS Newshour Life After 9/11, resources for teachers and students
Oral History and September 11Secondary lesson plan from The Choices Program.
Documents on Terrorism A database of documents pertaining to terrorism from the Avalon Project at the Yale Law School
Project Diana: Human Rights Cases A collection of judicial descisions on a variety of human rights cases from the Avalon Project at the Yale Law School
Laws related to Terrorism A database of laws relating to terrorism in the United States from FindLaw
Terrorism Project Analysis and facts from the Center for Defense Information on the military, security, and foreign policy challenges of terrorism
Tips for Talking About Disasters Tips for teachers and children from the Center for Mental Health Services
Talking with Kids About the News Special section dealing with Terrorism and the events of September 11
How to Talk to Kids About War and TerrorismTips for talking to kids about war and terrorism