E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One)

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.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a focus on September 11th or another national tragedy
  • Encourage learners to share their poems in a class presentation or parents' night
Classroom Considerations

  • 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
Pros

  • Provides two separate assignments for completing the lesson
  • Extension activities foster communication and interview skills
Cons

  • None