Happy Thursday, Friends!
Here’s to hoping my back-to-school hangover is coming to an end as I’m finally adjusting to my new school, new classroom, and new students! I’ve also been through a dental pain NIGHTMARE that I definitely hope is officially OVER!
So, grab the Thursday Throw Down button above, and link up your blog post about anything that you do to make learning interactive for your students! Blog posts only, no product link-ups, please!
Today’s Thursday Throw Down post will be a walkthrough of one of the most important lessons I teach all year – my September 11th Literacy Lesson.
I find it fascinating that each year, my 6th grade students know less and less about this poignant day in American history. And since 6th graders in my district study world history all year, I take it upon myself each year to teach a 9/11-themed literacy unit around the anniversary of September 11th.
I start this lesson by showing my students the amazing 9/11 Memorial Timeline found at http://timeline.national911memorial.org. I use my SMART Board (this year, I’m adjusting to my not-so-SMART Promethean board, but you get the point) to walk students through the morning of September 11th and try to bring that day into focus for them so that they can feel the heaviness of what happened.
So, what’s so great about this interactive timeline? I’m so glad you asked! Let me show you…
By clicking on each element of the timeline, you’ll open some type of multimedia or artifact to bring that day alive for your students.
Examples of this include a screen shot of a security camera that captured a terrorist walking through airport security.
A seat map from one of the flights. Go ahead and take a closer look at the names of those souls who were on board. Because I teach at a Catholic school, we’ll stop and pray for the souls.
The students are silent as they listen to an audio recording of one of the hijackers.
We also listen to an audio recording of one of the souls on board as we discuss the many messages that were left for loved ones on the morning of September 11, 2001.
There are also videos taken by individuals and narrated as we get to see others’ perspectives on the events unfolding.
Those are only a FEW examples of the wonderful media included in this timeline to hopefully convince you to use it in your classrooms next week! If you’re like me, your mind is spinning with the many concepts you can apply to this timeline.. artifacts.. firsthand accounts… primary sources… point of view.. perspective.. wow, right!?
After I walk my students through the timeline – and that typically will take up an entire class period – I’ll spend the next class period in the computer lab so that my students each have access to a computer in order to complete the timeline activity. I’ve formulated 20 high-quality multiple choice questions that will have the students interacting with the timeline in order to find specific information. And, I’ve made this lesson free on TpT in hopes that you will share it with your students.
And of course, as I do with everything, I have included an answer key to make your life (or this lesson) a little bit easier for you. If you decide to use this lesson in your classroom, click here to download it from Teachers Pay Teachers, and please consider leaving feedback to let me know how it works for your students! =)
And this year, I’m improving upon this lesson and adding some to it. On the third day of the unit, after the timeline and independent activity above, I’ll have my students make their own interactive timeline, choosing for themselves which events of the day should be part of a summary. Finally, they’ll use this timeline to practice writing an order and sequence structured paragraph detailing the most important events of that day. I’m still working on that, but if you are hanging around my blog near the beginning of next week, I’ll bet you can pick up that part of the lesson free, too!
Annndd…so that leads me right to the promised announcement!
It’s that time of year again.. you know the time I’m talking about… FOOTBALL SEASON!
Oh, NFL Football, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!
That’s right! She’s BAAAACK!
Saints Victory Freebies are back this year and EVEN BETTER! Be sure to check back on Sunday for complete rules and guidelines for this year’s Victory Freebies!
Until then, I hope you’ll link up for Thursday Throw Down!