These September 11th activities meet the Common Core Standard of looking at how different forms of media or texts approach the same topic and require critical thinking, listening, and viewing from your students.
The first activity helps students learn the impact of word choice on tone and purpose. It's also great to help them realize that although a piece of writing can be from the same genre or inspired by the same event, the tone and purpose can be very different. Youtube links to two songs inspired by 9/11 as well as links to lyrics for each song are included, as well as teacher notes, 24 total student questions, and suggested answers. An extension activity is also included for teachers with more time to devote to the activity. The music is a great way to get kids to think about tone because it engages them immediately. My students are always very active during this activity and we have great discussions!
The second activity, a learning guide analyzing the September 11th Museum, is a great tool to use to address the Common Core Speaking and Learning Standards, as it requires students to view three short youtube videos and compare the content, the tone, and the message of each. There are ten questions total, all short answer. These can be used for homework or as class discussions. The videos all cover aspects of the National September 11th Memorial Museum, from its planning stages to the finished product. This lesson that can be done in a regular class period, and addresses not just the history of 9/11, but how we choose to honor the event and the victims. A great tool for the English or Social Studies teacher who wishes to address September 11th, but only has one class period to give to the topic. Suggested answers for each question are included.
These two activities are available in my store at the following links individually, but it is more of a value to purchase them as a bundle. Purchased separately, they would cost $7.50, but buy them together in this bundle for only $6.75.
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