Quilting: An American Project

The magnitude of loss on 9/11 is almost incomprehensible. However, it's important—and necessary—to think about the loss in terms of individual lives. Middle schoolers read about Jeannie Ammerman and Bonnie Clark, who put needle to cloth in order to commemorate the victims of 9/11 with a memorial quilt.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the journal prompt or National Geographic article as homework before teaching the lesson
  • Display the paper quilt in class in the days prior to September 11
  • Use the quilt activity to commemorate another moment in history, such as the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, or those killed during the Civil Rights movement
  • Connect the activity to a home economics class so learners can sew a fabric quilt together
Classroom Considerations

  • Be sure that your class can handle sensitive and mature conversations about 9/11 before assigning the extension activity
  • Consider rewriting the journal prompt to create a stronger thematic connection to the lesson
Pros

  • Provides links to view images of the quilt, as well as articles describing its creators
Cons

  • None