In this activity, students answer seven true-false questions as a
way of generating discussion about changes following September 11th.
(These questions are also a part of the NEW NORMAL
quiz, in which students
speculate on the experiences, preferences, opinions, and styles of
the four teens featured on the NEW NORMAL site. However, it is not
necessary that students complete the online quiz before this activity.) To begin, give each student a copy of Student
Handout 2; this student handout is a .pdf file and requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Ask students to take about five minutes to mark each item true or
false and, if they wish, write a few brief comments for any or all
- Students will consider their personal responses to the events
of September 11th and how that day affected their views of the
- Students will gain understanding of and empathy for the experiences
and responses of others following the events of September 11th.
- Students will develop skills for communication through discussion
with partners or groups.
When students have completed their sheets, they can join their partners
or small groups to share and discuss their answers. Afterwards, ask
pairs or groups to share general comments about their discussion with
the class. General questions to encourage discussion include:
Note: Confidentiality should be respected. No student should
divulge details of another's responses without permission. Remind
students of this before the pair/group discussions.
- What do you see as the value of this activity?
- Without breaking confidentiality, did you learn anything that
- Did this activity prompt you to see anything or anyone in a
- Did this activity prompt you to see yourself in a different