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Responding to Tragedy: Then and Now

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Responding to Tragedy: Then and Now

Grades 8 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions, plus additional time in or out of class for composition of student poems
Lesson Author

Scott Filkins

Scott Filkins

Champaign, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Glogging About Natural Disasters

After researching various natural disasters, students share their findings with each other using glogs, or through poster presentations.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Heroes Around Us

Students select, read about, and report on a hero and then identify how their hero matches certain criteria and characteristics. Hero reports are then compiled into a class book.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 11

Patriot Day is celebrated today on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001.

Students write about the name "Patriot Day" and how it marks the anniversary of a huge disaster. An alternative assignment could be to ask students to record their reflections about 9/11.

 

Grades   K – 11  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 23

The tropical storm that became Katrina formed over the Bahamas in 2005.

As a class, students explore weather-related and other natural disasters that their geographical area is prone to and review emergency preparedness and procedures.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Sharing Stories and Developing Multiple Perspectives in Post-9/11 Classrooms

Sensitive to the increased importance of valuing diversity and diverse points of view since 9/11, this article describes activities through which ESL students contribute new knowledge to their classes while simultaneously improving their English language skills.

 

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PODCAST EPISODES

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

The Post 9/11 Landscape

Hear how graphic novels place the events of 9/11 in historical context, how war stories put a human face on the costs of military conflict, and how YA novels imagine roles that teens can play in working for a better world.

 

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