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Teaching 9/11

By Education Week Assistant Editor Erik Robelen. This post originally appeared in Education Week's Curriculum Matters blog.

The U.S. Department of Education has announced a new Web page with resources to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (Just yesterday, we posted an EdWeek story on teaching 9/11 and related issues. Also, we have a collections page on 9/11 with plenty of archived stories.)

The topics included on the Education Department page include 9/11 and the Constitution, a look at how "ordinary citizens acted in extraordinary ways" in response to the attacks, and the September 11 Documentary Project from the Library of Congress. All the materials identified were developed by either federal agencies or federal grantees.

Meanwhile, since we posted the EdWeek story (plus a blog post yesterday), we've been hearing about additional materials that may be helpful to educators.

For example, Brown University's Choices Program includes materials that may be purchased, including "Responding to Terrorism" and "Oral History and September 11." Also, a free resource, "Protest, Revolution, & Change," helps students analyze the potential effects of the recent wave of protests and uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.

In addition, educational publisher ABC-CLIO has free online resources to help educators reflect on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

And, the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility has a new teaching guide for the 9/11 anniversary, featuring age-appropriate classroom lessons and suggested activities to deepen students' understanding of 9/11 and the 10th anniversary ceremonies.

I'm sure there are plenty more examples out there. I'll close with links to some of the resources we included with the EdWeek story on teaching 9/11.

• An online conference about teaching 9/11 co-hosted by the National Museum of American History that you can view;

• Materials from the September 11 Memorial and Museum;

• A 9/11 curriculum unveiled this summer by officials in New Jersey;

The September 11 Digital Archive;

• A curriculum available for purchase from the September 11 Education Trust; and

In Remembrance: Teaching September 11, a collection of materials from teachinghistory.org, an educational clearinghouse launched with federal support.

Stay tuned for more blog posts related to 9/11 in coming days.

This post originally appeared in Education Week's Curriculum Matters blog.

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