Blog Post: Essential Questions for Teaching September 11

Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials
Date Posted: 7/13/2012

This post helps teachers understand how to both memorialize September 11 and contextualize the history of the day through five essential questions. Targeted toward secondary students, the questions can help teachers and students compare aspects of September 11 to other events in American history and teach them throughout the year. Written by Joan Brodsky Schur, a panelist for the Smithsonian’s September 11: Teaching Contemporary History forum, this post is published on the Museum's "O Say Can You See?" blog.

National Standards

Historical Thinking Standards (Grades K-4)

Standards in History (Grades K-4)

United States History Standards (Grades 5-12)

World History Standards (Grades 5-12)

Historical Thinking Standards (Grades 5-12)

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