Hope vs. Fear: Lesson on 9/11

Seventh Grade Explores Impact of 9/11
Posted on 09/11/2018
Students review photos from 9/11

Every photo from Sept. 11, 2001 has a story. For 7th grade Language Arts students, it’s also a history lesson.

As part of a lesson on 9/11, students spent part of the class looking at 9/11 photos and deciding if they represented hope or terror. The lesson designed by Mrs. Thomas, a Navy veteran. In 2001 she had been in the Navy for about a year-and-a-half working as a medic on a Marine Corps base. She was deployed to Cuba to work at a detention facility after the attacks. 

“It changed the whole trajectory of my life and my life is insignificant when you think of the hundreds of thousands of people who were impacted by this day. So we are taking a minute today to remember what that was like and to look at the event through two different lenses:  It was a horrific event, but it was also very powerful and a lot of good things came from that tragedy,” Mrs. Thomas said.

“I’m glad we did this today. Without this lesson, I would not have known as much as I do now. We never even talked about 9/11 at my old school,” said one 7th grade student, Faith.

“My dad was in New York when 9/11 happened. He’s talked to me about it, but it’s nice to learn more about it. Nice to see what it was like from the perspective of a person that was our age at the time,” said William, referring to an article they read.

“I’m really intrigued by people on the fourth plane who sacrificed their lives to stop the plane from hitting the White House,” Ben said.

“I think that it was good to learn about our own teacher’s experience with 9/11 and to read an article for a very different perspective of the event,” said Leah. “You could give a case for terror or hope for almost every photo.”

Students selected photos and added their reactions. 
Students selected photos and created reflection statements.

Students analyze photos from 9/11 for fear and hope in language arts class