Commemorating 9/11 – 15 years later

Daily News Article - September 9, 2016


1. Today’s Daily News Article is a human interest news story. Human interest stories differ from the regular news – they are sometimes referred to as “the story behind the story.“ The major news articles of the day tell of important happenings. Human interest stories tell of how those happenings have impacted the people or places around the story.
Fifteen years after 9/11, do you think this human interest story is newsworthy? Why or why not?

2. What 2 adjectives do you think best describe Welles Crowther? Explain you answer.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: Before answering the following questions, read the “Background” below.

3. Answer the following questions about 9/11:
a) Who was President on 9/11?
b) Who was the mayor of New York City on 9/11?
c) How many planes were hijacked on 9/11? What were their flight numbers and where did each crash?
d) What three locations were the terrorists targeting?
e) At what time did each plane hit (time, place and flight number)?
f) Who were the terrorists (religion and terror group)?
g) How many people were killed on 9/11?
h) Describe the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

4. How will the Islamic terrorist attacks of 9/11 be commemorated at Shanksville, this year?  and at the Pentagon?

5. Read the “Background” then watch the videos and visit some of the links under “Resources.” List 2-3 things you did not already know about 9/11 from this information that you think is important for all Americans to know.

6. Ask a parent and a grandparent:  What do you remember about 9/11?

7. a) Some people say we need to move past 9/11 and look to the future. Others say “never forget.” After watching the videos and reading more about 9/11, what do you think? Explain your answer.
b) Ask a parent and a grandparent the same question.