Share the importance of honoring those killed in the 9/11 attacks and remembering the Heroes of 9/11 with your students. Bring classrooms to life with MY HERO's Multimedia Resources and Lesson Plan for Teachers. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.
MY HERO recommends middle school and high school students view this animated film as a remembrance of September 11th. The film has a duration of 7:51 minutes and depicts September 11th events, in which the principle character is the wife of a New York firefighter. A beautiful, but sad film.
MY HERO recommends students view the film Cookie Girl in the Hot Zone about a young girl living in New York City and her effort to support the firefighters and other essential workers during the days after September 11th by baking cookies and handing them out. Appropriate for upper elementary, middle and high school students.
A post-9/11 portrait of a young girl who baked and served cookies to the workers coming and going from the World Trade Center site.
Read the story Emmy wrote in 4th grade about her Dad, Jeremy Glick, who was on Flight 93 on September 11th. Then watch the film her 4th grade class made of their 'Call to Action' that honored Jeremy.
Do you know anyone who lost a family member on September 11th? How do they do honor their loved one? Share the story with MY HERO.
Kids take up activism in memory of a classmate's father, Jeremy Glick, who lost his life in the attack on 9/11.
Students read Mattie Stepanek's poem "For Our World" and consider the discussion questions.
Mattie Stepanek wrote the poem "For Our World" on September 11, 2001 as a call for calm, peace, acceptance and understanding.
Students read one or all of the following stories and consider the discussion questions.
Welles Crowther, "the man in the red bandanna," was a volunteer firefighter who saved at least 18 lives on 9/11.
The Daffodil Project, through the generosity of B&K Bulbs in the Netherlands, brought hope to NYC after 9/11.
Harold Schapelhouman is a fire deputy chief who flew from California to the Twin Towers to help with relief efforts.
Read and Listen - Great for ESL Students
The story about Stephen Siller is available in text and audio.
Stephen Siller was a firefighter who bravely sacrificed his life to save others on 9/11.
These short films reflect remarkable stories, emotions and heroism following the attack of 9/11 and are appropriate for middle and high school students. The featured content includes animation and a music video. MY HERO recommends that students watch one or both of the films and consider the discussion questions.
On September 11th, 2001, Michael Trinidad called Monique Ferrer from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower to say one last goodbye.
'To Light' is a music video tribute made for the opening of the new 9/11 Memorial in NYC.
1. Do you know anyone who helped after September 11th, or after a tragedy in their community? Share their story with MY HERO.
2. The Daffodil Project and the Tunnel to Towers Run are two ways people remember September 11th. What are other ways people honor the sacrifices made on 9/11, or on other anniversaries of tragedies? Does your community do anything?
3. Do you know anyone who lived or worked in Tribeca or other areas near the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001? Interview them and share their story on MY HERO.
4. Identify a service project you can participate in, create an action plan, get others involved and share your story with MY HERO. Consider creating a film of your efforts.
5. Mattie Stepanek wrote poems of peace and hope. What is your wish for peace? What do you hope for? Consider writing a poem and submitting it to MY HERO.
6. Ask your parents, other family members or neighbors about their memory of September 11th, or memories of another disaster in their area, from anywhere in the world.
Students analyze the artwork below.
How are the events of September 11th depicted?
Consider creating your own work of art honoring a hero from 9/11 or a service project in your community to submit to the MY HERO Gallery.
I really admire firefighters because when everyone rushes away from danger, they face it with a brave heart, especially on September 11, 2001.
Students will develop a better understanding of the significance of the events of September 11th and the sacrifices made.
Students are are asked to think about past tragedies where they live and how their community came together.
Students are encouraged to identify and participate in a service project.
The Patriot Day lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
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Related Links and Resources
The Teardrop Memorial is a 10–story sculpture by Zurab Tsereteli was given to the United States as an official gift from the Russian government as a memorial to the victims of the September 11th attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. It is located in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Organizer created on 7/31/2019 1:29:12 PM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 6/26/2023 1:39:00 PM by Laura Nietzer