CNN Presents Classroom: America Remembers
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(CNN Student News) -- Set your VCR to record the CNN Special Classroom Edition: America Remembers when it airs commercial-free on Monday, September 19, 2005, from 4:00 -- 5:00 a.m. ET on CNN.
Teachers: Please preview America Remembers, as it contains content and images that may not be appropriate for all students.
CNN Presents takes a two-part look at the extraordinary events of September 11, 2001 and America's response. America Remembers, Part I focuses on the tragic events that took place on September 11. In this episode, CNN journalists share their reactions to the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks and the crash of United Airlines flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Grade Level: 7-12
Subject Areas: History, Social Studies, Technology
This CNN Presents Classroom Edition: America Remembers and its corresponding lessons challenge students to:
Era 8: A Half-Century of Crisis and Achievement, 1900-1945
Standard 2A: The student understands the causes of World War I.
Standard 3C: The student understands the interplay between scientific or technological innovations and new patterns of social and cultural life between 1900 and 1940.
Era 9: The 20th Century Since 1945: Promises and Paradoxes
Standard 2F: The student understands worldwide cultural trends of the second half of the 20th century.
Standard 3A: The student understands major global trends since World War II.
Social Studies Standards
Standard II. Time, Continuity and Change
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of the ways human beings view themselves in and over time.
Standard V. Individuals, Groups and Institutions
Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions.
Prior to completion of Grade 8 students will:
Standard 2. Demonstrate knowledge of current changes in information technologies and the effect those changes have on the workplace and society.
Prior to completion of Grade 12 students will:
Standard 3. Analyze advantages and disadvantages of widespread use and reliance on technology in the workplace and in society as a whole.
The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Students (http://www.iste.org/nets/students), published by the International Society for Technology in Education http://www.iste.org (The general Technology Foundation Standards for All Students are found at http://cnets.iste.org/students/s_stands.html).
1. Moment of Impact - New York
2. Moment of Impact - Washington, D.C.
5. A People's Story
6. Protecting the President
1. A Turning Point
Ask students to define the term "turning point" as it relates to history. [Note to Teachers: According to Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, a "turning point" is a point at which a significant change occurs. Professor Ted Goertzel of Rutgers University offers this: "Turning Points are lasting changes in the climate of times. 1929 and 1941 were turning points, however, 1963 and 1987 were not, despite the Kennedy assassination and the stock market crash."] What criteria do students use in their definition? Do they think September 11, 2001 was a turning point in history? If so, for what, and for whom, was it a turning point? How do the September 11 attacks compare to other turning points? After watching the video, divide your class into four groups and direct each group to discuss either the social, economic, political, or cultural impact of the attacks. Have each group identify both the short-term and long-term consequences. After groups share their findings, have students identify the key positive and negative outcomes for both the United States and the international community. Then, challenge your students, working as a class, to create a mural entitled "A Turning Point in History" that depicts the impact of the September 11 attacks and how America (or the world) has changed as a result of these events.
2. Historical Significance
Ask students: In your view, what makes an event historically significant? Next, have students create a list of some of the most significant national and international events of the 20th and 21st centuries, such as:
Then, have each student interview a cross-section of teens and adults to find out how they regard the September 11 attacks in comparison to these other key events. Instruct students to ask their interviewees the following questions:
1. What important historical events have taken place during your lifetime?
2. Why are these events historically significant?
3. Where were you when these events occurred?
4. How did these events affect your life and the lives of those around you?
5. How has the world changed as a result of these events?
Using the data from the interviews, students should chart these events in order from the most historically significant to the least historically significant. Direct them to identify the criteria that they used to come up with their list. After students share their findings, have them write short essays about how they think the September 11 attacks will affect the lives of future generations.
3. Bipartisan Unity
Inform students that, on the evening of September 11, 2001, members of Congress gathered on the steps of the Capitol, in what was a symbolic display of bipartisan unity, and sang a spontaneous chorus of "God Bless America." During the gathering, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois stated that, "Senators and House members, Democrats and Republicans will stand shoulder-to-shoulder to fight this evil that has perpetrated on this nation...We will stand together to make sure that those who have brought forth this evil deed will pay the price."
Have student groups comb online and print resources to learn about the role of Congress in the War on Terrorism during the last several years. Challenge groups to identify key initiatives from both major political parties. After groups present their research, ask students: In your opinion, have Republican and Democratic lawmakers been unified in the fight against terrorism? State your rationale.
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