Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11 with a Picture Book

When I woke up this morning, I planned to write a post about remembering 9/11. First, I read a bunch of posts from other bloggers who did the same. I came across a touching post at Clutter-Free Classroom, where she tells a story from her morning and the morning of 9/11. Finally, I headed back over here, and realized that today I have 911 followers. What a strange coincidence.

During my first few years of teaching, I would always do something with my 6th grade students to remember 9/11 and to celebrate our pride for our wonderful country. Between the passing of time, and my change in grade levels, in recent years my students have not been old enough to remember 9/11 because they were not born yet.

9/11 is a huge and important part of our history that my students will one day need to learn about. However, I find that many of them have very little knowledge about what happened. At their age, I do not feel that it is my responsibility to be the one to discuss it with them.

So, I simply "remember" the day by reading them The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein. My mother bought me this wonderful book during my first year of teaching, and I read it every year to my students on {or after} 9/11.


It's a nice story to celebrate the memory of the Twin Towers without raising too many questions. The students love the pictures and stories regardless of what they do or do not know. I can't wait to read it again tomorrow!

31 comments:

  1. I just read that book to my students last week, too. They really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!

    Lifelong Learning

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  2. What a wonderful way to remember that tragic day. For students who weren't even born this is another way for them to connect. I'll have to share it with my fourth graders!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. We shared this Nick News episode with our 6th graders. It does a great job of explaining what happened that day without being overly graphic. http://www.nick.com/videos/clip/nick-news-what-happened-the-true-story-of-september-11th-full-episode.html

    My students really understood it and were able to hold a good discussion afterwards!

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  4. Thanks for reminding me about this book. One of my grad professors read it to us during a reading class and I loved it. This is the first year I have been teaching that my students were not yet born on 9/11 and I'm with you -- I don't feel like it is my place or responsibility to share what happened with them. But I am going to ask my librarian if we have this book so I can share it with my friends tomorrow.

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  5. thanks for sharing! i want to order this book.

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  6. I wish I would have known about this book sooner:)

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  19. Another great book about 9/11 is 14 Cows for America. We had it in our classroom during our Africa unit. It gives a great outside the US perspective. When I read the book to the class for the first time I didn't know what it was about (I learned my lesson about not reading books before hand) and I cried! The story is great and then it has a more informative article at the end (that's the part that got me).

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  20. A first grade class from Missouri wrote their own book called September 12th We Knew Everything Would Be All Right. This book was great and doesn't raise too many questions. Scholastic publishes the book.

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    1. I know this post is late but I am blog stalking! lol. The book mentioned above, "September 12th..." was a jumping off point for one of the most profound and poignant discussion I have ever had with my 2/3 combo class. I wrote about the experience and the short article was published here. http://fullertonstories.com/teaching-9-11/. I would recommend this book for any grade level, even first.

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    2. I also use the book September 12th... :)

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  21. We read this for a children's lit class during my masters program, it's fantastic!

    http://surviving-the-first-year.blogspot.com/

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  22. Love this book! The illustrations are amazing!

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    Greg
    Smedley's Smorgasboard of Kindergarten

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  23. love this! i will be a first year 4th grade teacher and will definitely be reading this to my students. in college a prof. showed us an animated youtube video of this story - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nGWM9rrl20. during student teaching i showed it to my kids and they LOVED it. if the link doesn't work, just type in the name of the story on youtube and it will show up. :)

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  24. love this! i will be a first year 4th grade teacher and will definitely be reading this to my students. in college a prof. showed us an animated youtube video of this story - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nGWM9rrl20. during student teaching i showed it to my kids and they LOVED it. if the link doesn't work, just type in the name of the story on youtube and it will show up. :)

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  29. There is a wonderful PBS video in which Philippe Petit talks about his walk between the towers. Years ago there was a 6 segment black and white that my students loved. We didn't understand everything he said because of his thick accent but his passion came accross.
    I wasn't able to find that video but there is a newer one, which includes a teacher's guide. It is part of the American Experience series.
    http://video.pbs.org/video/2105936070/

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