Can someone wake up as an ordinary citizen and become a hero later in the day? Middle schoolers discuss the everyday heroes and heroines of 9/11, including their acts of bravery and sacrifice. Individuals then create a children's book to commemorate their chosen group or person's heroism.
- Connect the activity between social studies and language arts when discussing the qualities of a hero in literature
- Have learners write a short journal entry about the attributes they believe heroes should possess, as well as their own personal heroes
- Use the lesson and extension activity around Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, or the Fourth of July
- Encourage your class to read their books to younger classes or on a parents' night
- Provide background reading or lessons about 9/11 for those who do not remember the day
- Extension activity encourages pupils to express their gratitude and admiration for individuals in the military without becoming polarizing or political
- Lesson is versatile for several subjects and units