Here’s a ready-to-teach lesson for the events of September 11th!
In the past, I’ve used resources from TrueFlix to teach a brief September 11th nonfiction unit with my 6th graders, but since our TrueFlix subscription expired, I was looking for another resource. Well, I found a FABULOUS ONE!
Visit http://timeline.911memorial.org and click on “September 11 Attack Timeline” to access a WONDERFUL treasure! This interactive timeline presents the events as they unfolded on that awful day in 2001, including audio clips, video clips, artifacts, and tons of photos. I’ll use my SMARTboard to interact with the timeline and take my students through that day. I’m always amazed at how little they know about the events of September 11th. Most of this year’s 6th graders weren’t even born yet!
Skills I’ll teach:
Timelines (tie it in with Order & Sequence Text Structure)
Primary Sources (*~WOW!*~)
In the above download, you’ll simply find 20 multiple choice questions that guide students to locate information in the timeline. As always, I’ve included an answer key for you as well. Upper elementary teachers ~ this might be a nice extension activity for your higher level learners to complete independently without any work on your part. My entire class will do this activity (after I’ve gone through and discussed the timeline on my SMARTboard) with the laptop lab of 30 MacBook Airs that I share with my fellow middle school teachers.
That will take us about 1 1/2 days to complete, then we’ll read a nonfiction article (love me some SCOPE!) titled “The Guys Who Got Bin Laden,” detailing the hunt for Bin Laden and Seal Team Six’s invasion of Bin Laden’s compound. Talk about high-interest nonfiction! Of course, I’m still focusing on basic comprehension and nonfiction text structures with my 6th graders. Here’s the Bin Laden article:
Hungry for more September 11th nonfiction resources? Scholastic to the rescue! Find more treasures here.
I keep thinking that Scholastic ought to be calling me with a sales job offer any day now… 😀
As for my 7th and 8th graders – not much new, still carrying over from last week. My 7th graders only got through the Monsters play and will be watching and comparing this week, then moving on to Plot Elements.
My 8th graders will read more of The Wednesday Wars, including my favorite feel-good Chapter 4.
Have a fabulous week!