Primary and Secondary Sources of 9/11

The second week of school is flying by and we have been analyzing primary sources and secondary sources all week. We started talking about the events of September 11, 2001 and asked folks on Twitter and Facebook to lend a hand in our classroom by tweeting their memories of 9-11. The number of responses was incredible and the perspectives were amazing. It helped my students understand what was going on from the perspective of the 'every day common person'. When coupled with sources like Former President George W. Bush's press secretary Ari Fleisher, who live tweeted the events of 9-11 from his perspective, we were able to demonstrate how social media is such a powerful educational tool when used appropriately and effectively. We tweeted with  congressional staffer who worked in the United States Capitol at the time of the attacks. His perspective, along with the dozens more who took the time provided a deeper context that September 11th affected nearly everyone. the interpretation of the events and how they affected people, their routines, their future, etc. are what defined a nation in the first days after the attack. Looking back 13 years later, we try to determine what the legacy of events were, but the simple truth is that the legacy continues to be defined, and will continue to be defined for generations as we continue to learn more about the multiple perspectives of the historic set of events. 
 
If you want to learn more about the historic events that took place, a numerous number of reciprocates exist. Many sites are adapted to teaching students about the attacks and implications of September 11th, while other sites are chronicle the the plethora of media sources from nearly every major television outllet around the world! The Neweum has the most comprehensive collection of September 12th newspaper front pages from around the country and the 88 countries throughout the world (more than 1,050 total!). PBS put together an amazing set of resources geared towards teaching as well.from their interactive timelines to their analyzation of newspapers activity, the PBS Newshour Extra is a great way to engage children and develop a deeper understanding of what happen, while promoting children to explore and research.
 
One of the most comprehensive collections of items, artifacts, blogs, etc. about September 11 takes is curated by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Use their interactive tools to learn how to talk with your children about the impact of the events and the historic significance which continues to unfold 13 years after the attack. 
 
We'll be touring the memorial on our Spring Field Field Extravaganza in April 2015, but if you aren't able to make it in person, check out the resources that exist on their interactive website. From the pavilion, to the atrium and the historic exhibition. The 9-11 Memorial, located on the former site of the Twin Towers in New York City, is a breathtaking place and a must see for anyone who visits New York.