Teaching Resources

Teaching about 9/11

Sunday, September 11 marks the 21st anniversary of 9/11 and 13 years since Congress designated 9/11 as September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Teaching about 9/11 is both important and complicated. Teachers must take great care to develop lessons that are age-appropriate, aligned with their curriculum and standards, and engaging. Teaching about 9/11 can also be difficult because teachers and members of their school community may know people who were killed or injureed on 9/11 or in subsequent wars or they may have experienced the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant intolerance that followed. 

With support from Youth Service America, the University of Maryland College of Education has curated resources to support educators who want to teach about 9/11 and how its aftermath continues to impact people in our country and around the world. The teaching materials include a range of primary sources, activities, and lesson plans for different ways to teach about 9/11 to different age groups. They also align with how the teaching of 9/11 has evolved in the last 20 years.

In keeping with the national call to service on 9/11,  resources for educators who want to incorporate service and service-learning into their teaching are also available. September 11 provides an opportunity for teachers and students to transform the day into one of service and civic engagement.

9/11 Lesson Plans