When you look at the US compared with the rest of the world, our history looks pretty darned short. We have the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and a handful of other significant events marking our relatively brief 238 year old history. Furthermore, for today’s students, these events are quite far flung from the reality they know to be the United States of today. The events of September 11th are a tough topic for a lot of people, but it is really important to teach about them. For many of your students, this is probably one of the few ‘major’ historical events of the United States that they have lived through, even if they don’t remember it well. And while other areas of the world have experienced terrorism and or violent political and social turmoil throughout their histories, attacks on American soil aren’t exactly common.
A history teacher might not have any problem approaching the idea of teaching about September 11th, but if you teach something else and aren’t sure where to start, we’ve put together a handy list of resources for you.
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