The Man in the Red Bandana

Every person has the chance to be a hero in some way, but those who take the opportunity are truly heroic. Welles Crowther, also known as the man in the red bandanna, lost his life on 9/11 as he saved many more. Middle schoolers discuss how his personal traits connect to those characteristics they associate with heroes, and how their own lives may present opportunities to help others.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Teach the lesson in September as a class icebreaker and a way to remember September 11
  • Use the extension activity as a narrative writing prompt
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider condensing the first few steps of the lesson plan for time and relevance

  • Connects a real person to the events of 9/11, which may be more general to learners
  • Provides all necessary links and auxiliary reading materials
  • Instruction steps include a guided discussion

  • None