Is your head spinning, trying to figure out where to start with both Common Core Standards and 21st Century Skills? This unit will help you get your feet wet and then make you feel like a pro by the time you finish it.
In addition to introducing your students to the most recent of American tragedies, “Let’s Roll” gives you the dual opportunity to immerse yourself and your students into both the rigor of Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills. You may choose to jump right in just as September rolls around, or any other time when focusing on skills required for Common Core. Depending on the skill level of your students; the assignments lend themselves to all methods of instructional grouping including whole group, small group, pairs or individual.
Lesson 1: Students read an article summarizing the events of 9/11 and use document based questions (DBQs) to analyze it.
Lesson 2: Students view a vivid 6 minute video link to gain personal observation of how the day of 9/11 unfolded. Afterwards they will discuss their thoughts and feelings in whole group, small group or pairs.
Lesson 3: Students again watch the video from the previous lesson (it’s mesmerizing) and analyze using document based questions (DBQs).
Lesson 4: Students will identify and note details with 2 photos of the World Trade Center (one as plane enters the North Tower and one as the South Tower collapses), using document based questions (DBQs).
Lesson 5: Compare and contrast damage to Pentagon and World Trade Center using pictures with a Venn Diagram.
Lesson 6: Quick Write: After reading about the functions of the world Trade Center and the Pentagon, the students infer why these were the targets of the 9/11 terrorists.
Lesson 7: Students learn of the heroism of UA flight 96 passengers through a 6 minute video link and design a “Let’s Roll” tribute to the brave victims.
Lessons 8-19: The students close read and analyze President George W. Bush’s address to the nation given at 8:30 P.M on 9/11 in manageable sections. They identify and define unfamiliar words and phrases and rewrite the section in their own words.
Lesson 20: The students identify the purpose of the speech and text supported opinions of the president.
Lessons 21-25: After an imaginary similar attack on the U.S. the president asks the student to address the kids of the United States. They are to write a speech in their own words conveying the same passion, determination and assurance as the president on September 11, 2001.
Lesson 21: Organize thoughts in a graphic organizer.
Lesson 22: Write draft.
Lesson 23: Power up verbs, adverbs and adjectives.
Lesson 24: Edit draft.
Lesson 25. Publish speech
Lesson 26: Presentation
16 pages, 2 websites, 1 primary document, many pictures