Students Reflect About September 11th

Students Reflect About September 11th
Posted on 09/11/2019
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A full reflective 9/11 experience has been created for our 9th-12th grade students in the Hot Springs World Class High School old gymnasium featuring eight stations. Each station is dedicated to the history, events, and implications of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Students rotate through each station with specific objectives and worksheets to help guide them through understanding and reflection. Stations include different types of tools and resources to answer question prompts and meet specific objectives, including computers, videos, instructors, photographs, recordings, and more. Students participated in the activity throughout the day yesterday and today.

In Station 1, students learn about key people, places, and terms related to September 11th. Examples include prompts to find and write down definitions for terms like “Terrorist,” “Al Qaeda,” “Pentagon,” “World Trade Center,” “American Airlines Flight 11 and 77,” “United Airlines Flight 175 and 93,” Osama bin Laden,” “George W. Bush,” and more.

In Station 2, students complete a Timeline of Events worksheet. Along the timeline, from 7:59 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. on September 11, students research and record the significance of each moment in time listed on the worksheet. They focus on events including when the four hijacked planes departed, when each of the twin towers were hit and eventually fell in New York City, as well as when the Pentagon was hit in Washington, D.C., and when Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania.

At Station 3, they learn about Flight 93. This station is more about reflection, and discussing how the pilots and passengers learned about the other hijacked planes and collaborated on a plan to stop the hijackers aboard from causing more devastation. Students are asked to talk about what they would have done if they had been part of the crew members who ultimately gave their lives to bring the plane down.

Station 4 is a large collection of photographs. Graphic images of victims, planes and debris, leaders and onlookers, and general reaction from the public are posted amid free standing pillars. Students are to choose ten photographs to personally analyze for what is happening in the image, and then to write down what kind of emotional impact it creates for them personally. 

At Station 5, students study and analyze President’ Bush’s final address to the United States on September 11th. 

At Station 6, students summarize sections of President Bush’s Executive Order following the terrorist attacks. 

Station 7 includes a series of poems about September 11th written by various authors. Students select a poem and analyze the content. This station is intended to provide different perspectives about how the events on September 11th affected audiences across the United States in different ways. 

Finally, Station 8 is homework. Students are asked to find someone who was 15 years old or older on September 11, 2001 to interview. Among a series of five questions for interviewees, students are encouraged to find out what interviewees remember most about the day, and what ideas he or she has about how to best honor Patriot’s Day in the future.

Thank you to HSWCHS Instructional Facilitator Meggan Moody for setting up this memorable series.

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