Researching and writing about the experiences of the 9/11 victims, rescue workers, first responders, and local citizens can be a cathartic and appropriate way to remember them. Middle schoolers draw upon their own memories of 9/11 and relate them to others with poetry, short stories, memorials, and interviews.
- Use in a focus on September 11th or another national tragedy
- Encourage learners to share their poems in a class presentation or parents' night
- Instill a sense of support and community in your classroom to ensure sensitivity during the lesson
- Younger learners will require some background knowledge if they don't remember the events of 9/11
- Divide the lesson over more than one or two sessions if you want to address each aspect
- Provides two separate assignments for completing the lesson
- Extension activities foster communication and interview skills