To mark the anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, President Bush proclaimed that September 11 be named Patriot Day. On this day, the proclamation asks that flags be flown at half-mast and that the day be marked by ceremonies, candlelight vigils, and other remembrance services.
Find lesson plans and classroom resources for Patriot Day on the ReadWriteThink calendar and in the Thinkfinity collection on Teaching September 11. If you teach teens, listen to our The Post 9/11 Landscape episode of the Text Messages podcast for recommendations for books with page-turning suspense and hard-hitting social commentary.
For more literacy activities, check out the calendar entries, lesson plans, and classroom activities below.
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- Deepen your students’ understanding of civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy through Thinkfinity’s Constitution Day resources. Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17, 2012.
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From the Calendar
- September 11: Patriot Day is celebrated today on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001.Students write about the name “Patriot Day” and how it marks the anniversary of a huge disaster. An alternative assignment could be to ask students to record their reflections about 9/11. (For grades 5–12)
- September 13: Roald Dahl was born on this day in 1916.Students adapt a Roald Dahl story to picture book format and share their books and add them to the classroom library. Additionally, they compare a book version and film version of one of Dahl's works. (For grades 3–6)
- September 15: Hispanic Heritage Month begins today. Students brainstorm all the various aspects of Hispanic culture and compile topics to research. Groups then research topics and present their information to the class. (For grades 5–12)
- Later in September, find lesson plans and activities on Banned Books Week, author birthdays, and more!
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