Teaching 9/11 and the War on Terror Beyond the Twentieth Anniversary

A Guide for Teachers and Educators


This site is designed for educators and anyone else interested in engaging with primary and secondary sources to inquire about the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania on September 11th, 2001, the events leading up to these attacks, and the events in response to these attacks. This site contains three primary sets of resources: research on how the events of 9/11 and the War on Terror are included in curriculum and classrooms; a set of teaching guides focused on inquiry with newer forms of sources (e.g., podcasts), and curated source sets centered around essential questions and themes. The design of these sources and teaching guides is based on the responses from teachers we surveyed about what is usually missing from the current curriculum and textbooks. The goal of the project is to provide educators with resources and a starting point for designing inquiry into these events in ways that helps young people understand both a significant event that impacts their lives today and its ties with the US and global history. Our sources are not intended to be comprehensive but manageable for teachers to use – we will continue to update these resources based on teacher feedback and their ideas for additional resources and primary sources.

About the Creators

Jeremy Stoddard: Professor and the Faculty Chair of the Secondary Education Program in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research examines the role of media in teaching and learning history and democratic citizenship – with a particular focus on engagement with difficult or marginalized histories and contemporary controversial issues.

Daniel Berman: Ph.D. student in Education Policy Studies and Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interest includes the history of social studies, history education, and education for democratic citizenship.

Leila Walker: Leila is a social studies and reading teacher in Chicago. She has her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Funding for this project was provided by The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Midwest Region Grant Program.

Learn more about their program website