Sunday, August 31, 2014

Remembering 9/11

I will never forget where I was on 9/11.  I was at the University of Nebraska taking an Elementary Art class when a fellow student walked in and said a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers.  We were all surprised that such an accident could happen.  Why wasn't the pilot paying attention?  Maybe he was having mechanical difficulties with his plane?  We speculated that it was probably a little prop plane and an inexperienced pilot.  We had absolutely no idea what was really going on.  A few of my friends and I headed over to the Student Union during a break between classes.  When we walked into the Student Union lounge area, we knew immediately something was terribly wrong.  There was a crowd of students all silently watching the televisions, which of course were tuned into the breaking coverage.  We stood there and watched as the towers came crashing down and the realization that our nation was being attacked became more obvious.  It was a moment in history that those of us who lived through will never, ever forget.

Our students need to be reminded of the many victims and heroes from 9/11.  This unit on 9/11 gently describes the events of that tragic day.  It also includes several projects that students can complete to help them to understand what so many people went through.

For the victims, their families, and our country, let us never forget.


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