History of the World Trade Center

Why was New York's World Trade Center chosen as a target by terrorists? Class members use the provided links to investigate the history of the World Trade Center Plaza, including the lower Manhattan neighbors' initial reaction to the structure, the tenants of the towers, details about the construction techniques used, and the 1993 and the 2001 attacks on the center.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members create a map of the towers and locate the various tenants on the model
Classroom Considerations
  • Use the resource as an introduction to a study of the events of 9/11
  • The eight-page packet includes key questions addressed by the resource, a brief overview of the lesson, background information, and links to research sites
  • No detailed plans for the lesson or the activity are included