Students learn about 9/11

By NORA MABERRY-DANIELS
nmaberry@news-gazette.com

Timbra Hilton’s seventh and eighth grade social studies students at St. Joseph Middle School were not alive when 9/11 happened.
That made it all the more important to her that they learn about it in her class.
“As a social studies teacher, I believe it is my civic duty to take time from our normal curriculum to reflect upon this day that changed the country and our roles as citizens in it,” she said. “The events that unfolded that day in a mere one and a half hours flipped our country upside down and we recovered stronger than ever.”
In the seventh grade, Hilton said it is the first time most students have learned about 9/11.
The students research facts about the day through a Webquest assignment.  The assignment is done over two days in class. Then the students interviews an adult about what they experienced that day.
Hilton provides interview questions but the students are encouraged to ask more questions than just the ones provided.

Then the students turn the interview into a short biographical narrative about the person’s experience. The stories are typed and displayed in the hallway.
Eighth graders watch a video of the events as they unfolded on 9/11 to refresh their memory about what they learned in seventh grade, Hilton said.
After the video the students then choose a project from a list of  seven different choices that meet the learning styles of all students.  The objective of the project is to remember and honor those who lost their lives that day.  The project choices include: a timeline of events from 9/11/01 to present day; a poster with hand drawn images and a slogan of remembrance; a poster with a picture portrayal of the four crash sites before the event, during the event, and the memorials now today;  a collage of pictures and words to reflect on the facts of the day; a student created poem or song; a report about the effects on aviation, legislation, or the wars that followed; and a hero biography essay.  
“Student choose one of these projects depending on their interest and abilities,” Hilton said. “Their final products are then hung on display in our hallway as a memorial for those who perished that day.“
All projects will be on display in the main hallway by the gym for two weeks.  
“These students have to learn about the impact the event had on American society, remember those that lost their lives, and reflect on just how far we have come since,” Hilton said. “I hope through these projects their 7th and 8th grade years, they too will never forget.”
At Prairieview-Ogden North fourth grade students complete a mini unit on 9/11 by reading age appropriate informational texts about the tragedy.  We then focus on Heroes and what it means to be heroic, said teacher Debbie Burch.
Second graders at PVO North are taught a little about the event as well said teacher Kathy Izard
“We do not do a great deal with September 11 due to the age of the students,” she said. “We generally watch a very age appropriate video made by a principal at a school in Indiana. The class performs a short reader’s theater and do a art project. Our main focus is heroes and people who helped.”
At Heritage High School students in Lyn Kohlbecker’s class watched the video of Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You?” and answered a journal prompt about 9/11.

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