September 11th, 2001

Norman McDuffie

Background Information

Who? Al' Qaeda

What? Terrorist attack on America by Al' Qaeda on the twin towers and pentagon

When? September 11th, 2001

Where? New York and Washington D.C

Why? Western support for attacking Muslims in Somalia, supporting Russian atrocities against Muslims in Chechnya, supporting the Indian oppression against Muslims in Kashmir, the Jewish aggression against Muslims in Lebanon, the presence of the US troops Saudi Arabia, US support of Israel,and sanctions against Iraq

How? 19 hijackers hijacked multiple planes

Media Perspective

Although the facts of the tragedy that took place on September 11, 2001 (9/11) are indisputable, there exist many diverse points of view to explain why they happened and how to respond. The responses, from the "war" on terrorism to reaction to Islam, have created their own series of diverse views and perspectives. To look for the educational meaning, or the meaning of education, in this time of crisis, educators must help students develop the necessary skills to work through the abundant information and multiple perspectives they will encounter. To achieve an authentic literate discourse on the myriad of issues surrounding 9/11, we need to frame this crisis in the global context in which it exists. Through the educational sphere of media literacy, this lesson offers a process to foster the authentic discourse and an approach to framing a global context.


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