Dear Hero

During the aftermath of 9/11, a firehouse in New York received letters, cards, drawings, and tributes, all addressed to "Dear Hero." Middle schoolers study images of these tributes and discuss the qualities of a hero in a lesson focused on the extraordinary acts of first responders on 9/11.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign the podcast and FAQ for homework before beginning the lesson
  • Lead a discussion about popular superheroes versus everyday heroes
  • Connect to a lesson about 9/11 or when discussing American heroes
Classroom Considerations
  • Include more images of artistic tributes, as the lesson provides only a few
Pros
  • Bridges well to a language arts narrative writing assignment
  • Includes art, writing, and research into one lesson
Cons
  • None