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September 13, 2021

Daily News Lesson: Educators reflect on the significance of teaching about 9/11


Directions: Read the summary, watch the video from Student Reporting Labs and answer the discussion questions. Some students may find it easier to read along with the transcript or turn on closed captions/CC.

Summary: For their first assignment of the school year, high school journalists from our network of Student Reporting Labs asked educators in their schools about the significance of teaching 9/11, what the events meant to them, and why it’s important to study the history before and after that day.

Discussion questions: 

Warm up questions: Have your students identify the 5Ws and an H:

  • Who is interviewed for this piece, and what do they have in common?
  • What are some of the reasons these teachers believe teaching about 9/11 every year is important?
  • Where are some of the different parts of the country that these teachers represent?
  • Why was 9/11 personally significant to some of these teachers?
  • How might understanding the events of 9/11 and what followed help understand world events today, according to this piece?

Focus questions:

  1. What do you find most meaningful or important in learning about 9/11? What do you still find most confusing or uncertain?
  2. Do you think 9/11 will be as significant a moment in history for your generation as past crises, such as World War II or the Great Depression? Why or why not?

Media literacy: How do you think using student journalists to interview these teachers shaped the final piece? Why do you think the students themselves were not shown asking questions?

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