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Life Before and After September 11 Activity

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Students read 3 brief paragraphs on 9/11 and the memories of a high school senior on 9/11. They then answer 5 discussion questions and determine from 15 statements/scenarios which refer to life before 9/11 and which represent life after 9/11 (the answers are included). For the discussion questions, my students typically answer them individually or in a pair prior to having a whole class discussion on them.

Sample discussion questions include:
--Compare and contrast what you think it meant to be a patriot before and after the events of 9/11.
--Explain 1 difference in the traveling aspect of life before and after 9/11. Do you think travel will ever be able to return to how it was before 9/11? Why or why not?
-- Discuss any differences in how we see the world and how the world sees us since September 11.

Sample scenarios and statements include:
--You and 3 friends fly to Disney for spring break senior year of high school. Your one friend is taken to the side and patted down. She is blond and an actual ballerina. The TSA agent says they pick people at random to avoid profiling.
--You don’t know anyone in the military and when you apply to colleges, you don’t know what the box means that says, “Do you want to apply for ROTC?”
--There is a new wariness and pervasive level of suspicion at any large gathering or public event, such as purses being opened and rifled through before you can enter a baseball stadium.

***the memories are my own, I was that senior in high school in NYC on 9/11***

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