CLASSROOM MATERIALS RELATED TO THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 TERRORIST ATTACK

Curriculum resources and materials to help students comprehend and respond to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 are gradually becoming available.  SCORE History-Social Science (http://score.rims.k12.ca.us) staff has reviewed those listed here. However, teachers and parents should always look carefully at any material to match it to the maturity and academic level of the students or children in their care.

Helping Children Understand the Terrorist Attacks

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/os/september11/index.html
This site by the U.S. Department of Education has suggestions for talking and thinking with children about the recent terrorist attacks.  Also included are letters from Laura Bush and a message from President Bush about how students can help others through the American Liberty Partnership.

Dealing with Tragedy: Tips and Resources for Teachers and Parents

http://www.thirteen.org/teach/tips.html
This list of information was compiled by thirteen WNET New York and focuses mainly on coping with the psychological traumas of people, especially children, related to the attack.

Teaching About Terrorism

http://www.pbs.org/americaresponds/educators.html
This material was selected and/or written by the Santa Clara County Office of Education and includes writing assignments, graphic organizers, and discussion prompts.  It includes the following topics: the frame of mind and motivation of the terrorist; the facts of the terrorist attack; international relations issues; hate crimes; and the history of terrorism.

Attack on the United States (September 11, 2001)

http://www.choices.edu/curriculum_unit.cfm?id=26
In the tradition of the Choices Education Project's other outstanding material on foreign policy, here is a valuable tool for teaching about the terrorist attack on the U.S. September 11, 2001.  Divergent policy alternatives are provided, each driven by different underlying values, each with pros and cons, risks and trade-offs. The Options are not intended as a menu of choices. Rather they are framed in stark terms to highlight very different policy approaches and the values that underlie them. Each Option includes a set of arguments against it designed to help students think carefully about the trade-offs of each.

America Responds to Terrorism

http://www.crf-usa.org/new.html

To find this material, select Web Lessons: America Responds to Terrorism. This lesson is designed to give teachers the tools they need to help students with issues raised by the recent terrorist tragedies and America's response to them. We will add lessons on an ongoing basis on topical and pertinent issues related to these troubling times. We at CRF hope you find these resources useful during this time of national crisis.

Anti-Arab Discrimination: What Teachers Can Do

http://www.esrnational.org/teachersvsantiarabprejudice.htm
This site offers ideas for how to counteract the anti-Arab rhetoric that is permeating the media and bombarding schools.

Drawing on Terror: Exploring How Editorial Cartoons Express Opinions About the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks on the United States

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20010918tuesday.html
In this New York Times lesson, students assess the ways in which editorial cartoons offer insight into events that shape our world, specifically focusing on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Casting a Wary Eye? Examining Views of Race in the Wake of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20010924monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
In this New York Times lesson, students examine racial profiling of Arab-Americans and Middle Eastern Americans in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. By considering attitudes and scenarios, student address related issues and possible solutions.

BioTerror 

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bioterror/
NOVA follows three New York Times reporters as they investigate the murky past of bioweapons research and grapple with the current threat of anthrax and other attacks. This website can help students understand the history and science behind the current attacks and give them a better understanding of vaccines.

Understanding Afghanistan: Land in Crisis

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/landincrisis/
This National Geographic site provides news coverage as well as background information on Afghanistan and the Taliban.  There are classroom activities for all grades and of course wonderful maps.

Teaching About Islam and the Muslims

http://www.cie.org/resources.asp
At the Council on Islamic Education you will find a great deal of documents on Islam for use in the public school setting. Including basic information on the beliefs of Islam and the history of Islamic Civilization. One of the most valuable resources relates to methods for approaching a discussion of Islam in a sensitive manner that is still academic and not religous.

The United States Flag Page

http://www.usflag.org/
Since the terrorist attack, it seems that American flags are everywhere.  This page was recommended by John Burns at the California Department of Education to help students understand how to properly display and care for the American flag.  There is also information on flag history and symbolism.

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