Lesson Plans: Cover Stories

Lesson Plans: Cover Stories

Each of the activities below connects to a specific cover featured in "Cover Stories: Remembering the Twin Towers on The New Yorker." These activities serve to spark student curiosity and offer an entry point into a longer lesson or unit of study. Features of each activity:

  • 15-30 minutes in length
  • Focused on specific themes connected to 9/11: History of the World Trade Center, 9/11 attacks, Repercussions, and Commemoration 
  • Educational resources at the end of each activity for use in creating longer lessons 

Instructions
Each lesson starts with a guided inquiry.
Repeat each question until all student observations are made. All questions have similar follow-up questions designed to prompt students to support their responses with evidence.
The order of questions is designed for specific learning goals but can be adjusted.
All activities can be conducted as a full class discussion, in small groups, or individually.

GRADES 3-5
Local Heroes: Explore 9/11 and the role of First Responders
Untitled (Windmills): Explore the history of Lower Manhattan and the World Trade Center

GRADES 6-8
9/11/01: Explore The New Yorker’s response to the 9/11 attacks
Center of the Universe: Explore the Twin Towers as icons and as targets
Moving Day: Explore the rebuilding of the World Trade Center
Holiday Travel: Explore the balance between national security and civil liberties

GRADES 9-12
What So Proudly We Hailed: Explore immediate and present-day responses to 9/11
Reflections: Explore memorialization and remembrance
Center of the Universe: Explore the Twin Towers as icons and as targets
Moving Day: Explore the rebuilding of the World Trade Center
9/11/01: Explore The New Yorker’s response to the 9/11 attacks
Holiday Travel: Explore the balance between national security and civil liberties