The Pews at St. Paul's Chapel

St. Paul's Chapel served as a place of refuge following the events of 9/11/2001, and the pews of the famous chapel bear the scars from the heavy equipment carried by the firemen and other relief workers who sought a safe haven. After researching the history of the chapel and the pews, as well as they role they played, individuals craft a narrative from the point of view of one of the pews.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Display a map or New York City that includes St. Paul's Chapel and the site of the Twin Towers
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity assumes class members are familiar with the events of 9/11/2001
  • Requires access to A.B. Curtiss' Little Chapel that Stood and Krystyana Sanderson's Light at Ground Zero
  • The commentary in Sanderson's book reflects a religious perspective
Pros

  • The three-page packet includes links to the St. Paul's Chapel website, a detailed plan, and extension activities
Cons

  • None