Patriot Day

National Day of Service and Remembrance

Remembering 9/11

Most students in our classes today were either too young to remember, or not yet born, when the terrorist attacks of 9/11 took place. Patriot Day was designated in memory of the 2,977 Americans who lost their lives in the worst terrorist attacks ever to take place on American soil. The attacks, consisting of four coordinated plane hijackings, demolished the World Trade Center towers in New York and a western portion of the Pentagon in Washington D.C. A final plane was brought to the ground in a Pennsylvania field.

Following, you'll find small sampling of resources from Discovery Education, PBS LearningMedia, and others to aid your classroom discussion of this delicate topic in American History, brought to you by KET. There are many more resources on these services for you to explore that connect with each subject area, content, grade level, Common Core standard, etc.

These resources are brought to Kentucky teachers for FREE thanks to Kentucky Educational Television. Please contact us with any questions.

Reading Rainbow: The Tin Forest

Discover the places and faces waiting inside books. Host LeVar Burton shares stories of hope in the wake of tragedy, including The Tin Forest by Helen Ward. The program meets the students of PS 234 in Manhattan who had to attend another school after the September 11 terrorist attacks. The students make a music video to show their gratitude for all the support they received. This resource is from Discovery Education. Grades K-5.

The Healing Totem

The Healing Totem is an excellent example of Synergy (working together, getting along even when we're different). This video clip incorporates social studies, art, and history. The Lummi Nation of Washington State make a gift of a commemorative totem pole for the children and families who lost loved ones at the World Trade Center buildings. The pole symbolizes the prayers of the Lummi Nation for the hearling of the families left behind. This resource is from PBS LearningMedia. Grades 3-8.

A lesson plan, Summary, Symbolism, and Levels of Meaning - The Healing Totem also accompanies this video clip. This resource is from PBS LearningMedia. Grades 6-8.

9/11 Video Quilt

In a short video clip, the PBS NewsHour team asked Americans to submit videos of their reflections on the past decade. With help from PBS member stations around the country, we created an online project called the 9/11 video quilt. This resource is from Grades 6+

Address to the Nation

President George W. Bush's Address to the Nation on 9/11/01. Audio file. The resource is from Discovery Education.

9/11 Theme Page - Discovery Education

Discovery Education has pulled together a list of resources (video, audio, lesson plans, etc.) on its September 11 theme page to use in the classroom.

Amy Grant, West Region Education Consultant

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