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Friday, September 11, 2009

7th and 8th grade 9/11 assignment

Objectives: To help students understand that personal testimonies tell a story of an event from many different perspectives, and that the role of historians is to create an accurate public record of history.

What you should be able to do:

-Identify primary sources.

- Record a story of September 11, 2001.

-Record the impact as told through the eyes of someone who remembers it.(You need to interview at least 2 on your own and the other 2 may be taken from

-Compare and contrast the different point of view reflected in various accounts, and recognize that individual and personal memories reflect different point of views on an event.


-Paper/notebooks/ for recording interviews (recording optional)

-additional first hand accounts:

Questions to keep in mind when you create your chart or write your essay:

-Why is the history of the events of September 11, 2001 important to record?

-Think about who spoke the words? What is that person’s relationship to the event? When was the story recorded? Is there any bias?


Step 1 : Record the name of the person being interviewed and how you know him/her.

Step 2: Ask the following questions and any additional ones you think of:

- Why is the history of the events of September 11, 2001 important to record?

-How did you learn about the events?

-What do you recall about the events and other events related to it?

-Why is the event important for people in the future to know about these events?

-How is your life different as a result of September 11, 2001.

Step 3: Write a compare and contrast essay or create a chart comparing and contrasting your findings.