Educational Institutions, Educational Media Organizations

Marc Aronson- Race -Teachers’ Guide - No greater challenge exists for people today than combating racism, yet nothing is more challenging to teach. Sibert Award winner Marc Aronson wrote Race and is providing this study guide with historic source materials so that teachers and students may examine the history of race and racism in an educationally sound but sensitive manner. Because school system guidelines along with the comfort level of teachers and students vary tremendously, the historic sources are wide-ranging and the accompanying lessons are filled with options and choices. The lessons are an invitation to learn about a complex, often controversial issue, but one whose consequences are too far-reaching to ignore.

Joan Bauer Teaching 9-11 - In her ten novels, Joan Bauer explores difficult issues with humor and hope. Her books have won numerous awards, among them the Newbery Honor Medal, the LA Times Book Prize, the Christopher Award, and the Golden Kite Award of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has twice participated in the State Department’s professional speaker’s program, going to both Kazakhstan and Croatia where she talked with students, writers, educators, and children at risk about her life and her novels. Joan’s website contains a Teaching 9-11 page. As she describes it, “The seeds of this page began in 2008 at a conference at Liberty Science Center. The museum, along with Families of September 11 and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, brought together educators, scientists, therapists, nurses, physicians, writers, and politicians to discuss how to teach about 9-11 and terrorism. My continued thanks to them.”

The Choices Program, Brown University - The Choices Program out of Brown University developed this five lesson unit, “Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy.” In the unit, students examine questions of how we should respond to terrorists, how do we protect against future attacks, what possible threats exist, and what issues make the question of response complex.

Clarke Forum at Dickinson College - Many excellent lessons plans for teaching about September 11th are available on this site. In addition, there is an extensive list of web sites where additional lesson plans and materials may be accessed.

Constitutional Rights Foundation - The CRF has developed a series of lessons available online on the subjects of terrorism, reflecting on September 11th, the war in Iraq, and other related issues.

Education Development Center – “Beyond Blame: Reacting to the Terrorist Attack” - - Concerned about a hostile climate for Arab Americans following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the EDC developed this curriculum for middle and high school students. A pdf download of the curriculum is available for free on the site.

Facing History and Ourselves - Facing History offers programs and materials emphasizing the importance of making informed moral choices and of respecting and defending civil and human rights. A number of their guides, lesson plans, and other materials are available for free at their web site. In particular lessons on identity, religion, and violence may be found at

 Foreign Policy Research Institute - FPRI’s Wachman Center is dedicated to improving international and civic literacy by providing enrichment for high school teachers. It focuses its activities in four core areas: Teaching Innovation, Teaching Military History, Teaching the Middle East and 9/11, and Teaching Asia. In 1996, the Wachman Fund inaugurated a series of weekend History Institutes for secondary school teachers, chaired by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Walter McDougall and FPRI Senior Fellow David Eisenhower. In addition to papers and audio/video from past conferences, a selection of classroom lessons submitted by participants is available. Footnotes is an FPRI bulletin intended for educators. It seeks to “teach the teachers” drawing both upon the work of FPRI research staff and scholars as well as lectures, papers, and talks presented at FPRI forums and special events.

History Channel - A 9/11 video timeline, videos of the towers, “102 Minutes That Changed America” interactive, recommended articles, and many other related topics to explore are part of this outstanding site on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

New York Council for the Humanities - A Community Conversation brings together members of a group, organization or neighborhood to join in a facilitated discussion of a short reading. The facilitator introduces thought-provoking questions and encourages participants to reflect on the issues raised by the reading and discuss how they impact our lives and communities. Engaging in a Community Conversation brings people together for the purpose of sharing and listening. For participants, it can be a unique opportunity to meet neighbors and new friends. For host organizations, a conversation program can bring new audiences and build a site’s capacity as a public forum. For students and teachers, it’s a new way to approach standard material, encouraging individual insight and critical thinking.

The New York Times - The New York Times section on the web, “The Learning Network” has well-developed lessons available on a large array of news-related topics. Exploring the archive yields lessons relating to the September 11th attacks, terrorism, racial profiling, prejudice and bigotry, etc.

PBS - This Public Broadcasting System site offers a wide number of programs exploring different aspects of the terrorist attacks of September 11 including the timeline of its own coverage of events in the months that followed the attacks. Many parent and educator resources as well as lesson plans targeted to different age and grade levels can be accessed from this site.

Scholastic - “How to Teach Children About Living in a World with Violence” was published in Scholastic’s Instructor periodical. Readers may click on a seven-step activity guide, related articles, and a lesson plan for young children.

The September 11th Education Program - This interdisciplinary curriculum was developed by The September 11th Educational Trust under Anthony Gardner, Executive Director, in Partnership with the Taft Institute for Government and its co-directors Professors Jack Zevin and Michael Krasner. This curriculum includes lessons, handouts, an interactive DVD, and web based resources for teaching about September 11.

September 11 Digital Archive - This site provides a guide to September 11 websites.

The Sikh Coalition – “Justice & Democracy: Challenges and Opportunities in the Aftermath of September 11, 2001” - This curriculum examines the backlash experienced by Arabs, Muslims, South Asians, Sikhs, and Somalis in the United States following the attacks on September 11, 2001. Issues of creating and sustaining a healthy community, civil and human rights, and exploring solutions to injustice are examined in the curriculum. It is an interactive curriculum with primary resources, a DVD, condensed stories, handouts, and a range of activities. It is designed for use with secondary and college students. Teachers may adapt some lessons for middle school students.

The Telling Room - The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing program in Portland, Maine, dedicated to young writers and storytellers between the ages of 8 and 18. The program encourages youth to view the act of storytelling as a vital means of expression and community building.