***There is a typo in the first interview of this activity. I will correct it this afternoon and post a corrected version if this question bothers you. (Thanks!!!)
This activity is designed for students to complete prior to September 11th. Since most students were not alive at the time of the attack or were very young, it is a great way for them to start conversations with their family and community members about what took place on that terrible day and how America came together in the midst of tragedy. it is also a way for them to discover the differences in life before and after September 11th through the experiences of those they interview.
Then, on September 11th, students will bring their interviews to class with them. They can participate in a partner, small group, or whole class sharing time. This will allow multiple perspectives and bring up many ways our society has changed and adapted since that day.
Students could also be assigned to write a compare and contrast paragraph on two of their interviews as a writing extension.