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 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 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.

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