Students in school uniforms looks up at a large inscription on the wall that reads “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.” The quote from Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid is surrounded by 2,983 individual blue tiles that comprise "Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning" by Spencer Finch. Every square is a unique shade of blue, reflecting the artist's attempt to remember the color of the sky on the morning of 9/11 and commemorating the victims of 9/11 and the 1993 attack.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Lesson Plans

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum has developed interactive lesson plans for grade 3–12 students 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.

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  • Local Heroes


    Essential Question: What is a hero and how can people show gratitude to those who act heroically in their own communities?

    Grades: 3 to 5

    Theme: Memorializing 9/11

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  • What Happened on 9/11?, Part II


    Essential Question: What happened on 9/11?

    Grades: 6 to 12

    Theme: Events of 9/11

    Lesson plan
  • Architecture of Remembrance


    Essential Question: Can a memorial to a tragic event serve as both a public space and a place of remembrance?

    Grades: 9 to 12

    Theme: Memorializing 9/11

    Lesson plan
  • Balancing National Security and Civil Liberties


    Essential Question: How does the balance between ensuring national security and protecting civil liberties shift after a terrorist attack?

    Grades: 9 to 12

    Theme: Repercussions of 9/11

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