For a better understanding of what happened on September 11, 2001 (9/11) and to learn the stories of those who were killed and of the survivors, read a few survivor stories and listen to firefighters’ AUDIO from the towers “FDNY operating in the South Tower on 9/11” under “Resources” below.
Then read the “Background” and check out the other links and videos under “Resources.”
Watch two news reports from that morning:
NOTE TO STUDENTS: Before answering the following questions, read the “Background” and look through the “Resources” below.
1. 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) What three locations were the terrorists targeting?
d) How many planes were hijacked on 9/11? What were their flight numbers?
e) Where and when did each plane crash? (time, place and flight number)
f) Who were the terrorists? (religious ideology and terror group)
g) How many people were killed on 9/11?
2. Describe the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
3. How was the hijacking of Flight 93 different from those of Flt. 77 (Pentagon) and Flights 11 and 175 (World Trade Center)?
4. What do you know about what actually happened on September 11, 2001 as a result of the actions of al Qaeda terrorists? Scroll down to read “Background” below, then watch the videos and visit some of the links under “Resources” to gain an understanding of what people experienced that day.
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.
(For a timeline of what happened that day, go to timeline.911memorial.org)
5. Wikipedia states “On a typical weekday 50,000 people worked in the towers with another 200,000 passing through as visitors.” Many people believe that God’s mercy spared them – and there were many stories of miracles that day. What do you think?
6. Ask a parent and a grandparent: What do you remember about 9/11?
7. Why is it important for Americans to understand the nature of the fight that we are in?
8. 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 the same question.
What do you know about the FIRST World Trade Center terrorist attack in 1993?
Watch a report from 2013, the 20th Anniversary of the first bombing of the World Trade Center:
September 11, 2001 (9/11):
Early on the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 hijackers took control of four commercial airliners (two Boeing 757 and two Boeing 767) en route to California (three headed to LAX in Los Angeles and one to SFO in San Francisco) after takeoffs from Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts; Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey; and Washington Dulles International Airport in Loudoun and Fairfax counties in Virginia. Large planes with long flights were selected for hijacking because they would be heavily fueled.
The four flights were:
NYC first responder deaths: A total of 411 emergency workers died as they tried to rescue people and fight fires
At least 200 people fell or jumped to their deaths from the burning towers (as exemplified in the photograph The Falling Man), landing on the streets and rooftops of adjacent buildings hundreds of feet below.
See the videos below these links:
On Sept. 11, 2002, President Bush proclaimed Sept 11th be observed as ‘Patriot Day’.
(In 2009 President Obama renamed it ‘Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance’.)
Inside 7 World Trade Center Moments Before Collapse:
9/11 Audiotape of firefighters last moments:
Inside the lobby of Tower 1 at the World Trade Center just before it collapsed:
A September, 2011 [10 years later] ABC15 Arizona news report of a 9/11 video compiled by Rutgers University. ABC states “it is the most comprehensive collection of air traffic control recordings sends chilling reminders of the confusion, and heroism.”