About 9/11 Lesson Plans

Each lesson is tied to the Common Core Standards. Grounded in our collections, they are written for use throughout the school year and across subjects, including Social Studies, History, English Language Arts, and Art. The lessons are divided into the following themes:

NYC DOE lesson plans
Community & Conflict 
Heroes & Service 
Historical Impact
Memory & Memorialization 

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The Aftermath: Humanitarian, Charitable, and Volunteer Support 
Heroic Rescue, Recovery, and Clean-up
Historical Impact of 9/11 
History of the World Trade Center 
Individuals and 9/11 
Making of a Memorial
The Mourning, Memorializing, and Meaning-Making of 9/11

Here are a few tips when using the lessons:
• Every lesson and worksheet is downloadable. Full links to online collection objects and webpages are listed in the “Materials” section.

• The Common Core Standards are listed according to their corresponding Career and College Readiness Anchor Standards for each applicable grade level.

• Questions are typically italicized in the body of the lesson to separate them from their surrounding context.

• Each lesson includes Key Terms that are relevant and used in the lesson. We have included potentially difficult definitions within the body of these lessons.

• Some Extension Activities offer alternative assessments, if necessary. In addition, we have developed the 9/11 FAQ, a basic primer to the history of the World Trade Center, the 9/11 attacks and their perpetrators, and the rebuilding of the site. 

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum thanks the teachers who conceived and developed these lessons, along with all of those involved at their respective organizations for their commitment and dedication in this effort.