If you missed the first part of my September 11th lesson, find that post here.
This year I'm taking advantage of my students overwhelming interest in all things September 11th related and adding a few more activities to my September 11th literacy unit. All components can be downloaded free on TpT.
I've already discussed Day 1 (walking them through the events of 9/11 with the interactive timeline) and Day 2 (students completing independent questions in the computer lab so that each has his own computer). Here's what I'm planning for Days 3-4.
I made my own timeline of what I thought were important events from 9/11. Of course, they're all important, but we're working on discerning and extracting the most relevant information. Here's mine:
Of course, there are ways to slightly alter this activity in order to simplify it for other students, use it with more immature students, or differentiate within your own classroom. You might have them create a timeline that focuses on only one aspect of September 11th. This is easier than looking at all of the events on the timeline and discerning which ones are most important.
You might have your students look for
- all events related to flights
- all events related to the North Tower
- all events related to emergency response
You get the idea. I made a few blank timelines with different numbers of events.
I also created some activities that were more scaffolded. Here they are, in order of increasing difficulty. Easy first.
Given the times, find the events. They'll have to shorten the event descriptions. An example is shown.
Find the time or event. Once again the students will have to do some shortening of the event descriptions.
If you're using partially completed timelines, challenge your highest students with this one! Find an important event to fill in the blanks on the timeline. Remember, each event must be between the times indicated above and below the event!
I went and added all of these additional pages to my original Interactive Timeline Freebie on TpT, so simply download the updated version to receive these new activities. Here's a link to the updated product.
Finally, I'll have my students write a short summary to practice writing in chronological order. Because I want my students using quality, vivid verbs, we'll first brainstorm vivid verbs that might be used in a 9/11 summary. I'll start students off by suggesting words like crashed, devastated, terrified, and my students will typically come up with better verbs than I had even thought of.
Also, because it's the perfect time to practice using where parts in sentences, such as:
- At 8:19am
- After both towers collapsed
- As officials notified South Tower tenants to remain in the building
- Once the FAA grounded all flights
I'll have my students underline all of the where groups and color code them. If you're using any of my writing units, this will fit in perfectly!
And we are going to make and wear our 9/11 ribbons on Thursday in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the tragedy. I made them for my students and also posted them as a freebie on TpT. Click the product below to download on TpT. If you decide to use it, please consider leaving feedback.
I'm linking up today with Mrs. Laffin for A Peek at My Week! Be sure to check out what other teachers are doing this week.
Wait a minute. I suddenly have the feeling that I've been misspelling her name for a long time. What!