Educational Resources

Lessons and Activities

Students' Response to 9/11: A Documentary Report

This lesson plan invites students to document the national response to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, using polls, comment cards from teenagers, and their own reflections.
Audience: Grades 9-12

The Curator's Challenge: Life in a Post-September 11 World

This lesson plan, designed for high school students, introduces students to the work of curators and the historical thinking skills associated with building a collection and telling an historical narrative with objects by inviting students to investigate artifacts that represent life after September 11.
Audience: Grades 9-12

September 11 Objects

This lesson includes an audio podcast interview and teacher resource guide complete with pre and post-listening discussion questions. Former Senior Historian James Gardner discusses how and what the museum collected after the events of September 11, 2001.
Audience: Middle/High School

OurStory: September 11

These resources, designed for children in grades K-4 and their caregivers, are based on the work of children's literature, The Little Chapel That Stood. The goal of these activities is to provide a starting point to help families and classrooms discuss the shocking events of September 11 and how communities respond in times of trouble.
Audience: Grades K-4

The September 11 Digital Archive

The Archive contains more than 150,000 digital items, a tally that includes more than 40,000 emails and other electronic communications, more than 40,000 first-hand stories, and more than 15,000 digital images. Explore the collection for stories, images, emails, documents, sounds, and videos of September 11.

Find additional K-12 resources from our partners at Verizon Thinkfinity:

9/11-Never Forgotten

Audience: Middle/high school

A Nation Remembers September 11

Audience: Middle/high school

Professional Development

September 11: Teaching Contemporary History Online Conference

In August 2011, the National Museum of American History, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Pentagon Memorial Fund, and Flight 93 National Memorial, offered an online conference, September 11: Teaching Contemporary History, for K-12 teachers. Designed to provide educators with resources and strategies for addressing the September 11 terrorist attacks, the conference included roundtable discussions with content experts and six workshop sessions. These sessions, which are recorded and available on the conference site, highlight resources available at each organization, provide background information on September 11, and encourage conversations on how to document, preserve, and interpret recent history and current events.

September 11 Thinkfinity Community Discussion Group

Join educators from the National Museum of American History and fellow classroom teachers in a discussion about teaching September 11 at the ten year anniversary. This group is hosted in conjunction with the September 11: Teaching Contemporary History online conference.

From the Blog

Essential questions for teaching September 11

How will you mark the 10th anniversary of September 11 in your classroom? Explore 5 essential questions posed by veteran NYC educator Joan Brodsky Schur.

Teaching September 11: History or current event?

Today's 10th graders were in kindergarten in 2001. How should we teach youth about September 11?