Lesson Plans

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum offers interactive lesson plans for students in grades 3 to 12 that address the 9/11 attacks, their ongoing repercussions, and the history of the World Trade Center. Lessons plans are divided by grade level and theme below.

Several students with clipboards walk through the Tribute Walk, a Museum space where art related to 9/11 is displayed.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

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  • Warning Signs of an Attack

    • Essential Question: How did intelligence agencies track Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda’s activity prior to 9/11?
    • Grades: 9 to 12
    • Theme: Antecedents of 9/11
  • The Evolving Threat of Terrorism

    • Essential Question: How has the threat of terrorism evolved, and what can counterterrorism agents learn from the hunt for bin Laden?
    • Grades: 9 to 12
    • Theme: Repercussions of 9/11
  • What Happened on 9/11?, Part II

    • Essential Question: What happened on 9/11?
    • Grades: 6 to 12
    • Theme: Events of 9/11
  • The President Decides: Authorizing a Raid

    • Essential Question: How was the decision made to authorize a raid on the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan?
    • Grades: 9 to 12
    • Theme: Repercussions of 9/11