Grade Levels
3rd - 9th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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32 pages
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From educator/author Hank Fellows: This 32 page children's book, with 25 child-friendly photos, is an ideal introduction to the facts and themes surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. This is the true story of "Sirius," the police patrol dog who died in the Twin Towers on 9-11-01. The story is told by "Sirius" in his own words, and also recounts his friendship with his police officer partner, David, who survived the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks. This book is currently being used in New Jersey's state-wide 9/11 Education curriculum for grades 3-8. On Sept. 10, 2006, Hank Fellows received a Citation from the New York City Council for his "continued generosity and devotion to the remembrance of September 11th." As a September 11th teaching resource, this book is ideal not only for Patriot Day (9/11), but also for Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th, and the study of 9/11/01 in American History classes.

Free lesson plans for "Sirius, The Hero Dog of 9/11" for use with Grades 3-5, 4-6, and 6-8 are available right on my Products Page.

SAMPLE INTRO OF THIS BOOK TO YOUR CLASS: "Do any of you know the holiday that's coming up in a few days on Sept. 11th? It's called "Patriot Day," and it marks the date Sept. 11, 2001. Now, that date is how many years before you were born? Does anyone know what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, which is also known as 9/11? We're going to read a book now that explains what happened on that date. And do you know what makes this book special? The story is told by a dog named "Sirius" [Seer-us]. Are you all ready now to read this book?"

Total Pages
32 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.


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