(CNN Student News) -- Students will examine the historical significance of the September 11 attacks.
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:
Have students summarize their findings and share their results with the class. Afterward, ask students: How do you think that the September 11 attacks have affected your generation? To what extent do you think that the 9/11 attacks will impact future generations? Explain.
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.
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