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a library of news coverage of the events of 9/11/2001 and their aftermath as presented by U.S. and international broadcasters. A resource for scholars, journalists and the public, the library presents one week (3,000 hours from 20 channels over 7 days) of news broadcasts for study, research and analysis, with select analysis by scholars.
This important international collection aggregates clips from 20 channels for the week of September 11th, clearly demonstrating the value of television news as a raw primary source. It is powerful and difficult to watch newscasters’ reactions naively trying to make sense of the awful events as they unfolded that morning and for the week to follow.
Video content appears in the form of a scrollable matrix, with programming chunked into 10-minute and then further into 30-second clips. The site also compiles a variety of media analysis pieces and a video summary of the key moments during the day. (Please, do not use these resources with your classes without previewing them first.)
National Geographic’s Remembering 9/11 includes a wide variety of videos, a collection of interviews with average people, and an interview with George Bush. The 9/11 Survivor Mementos artifacts speak of the personal experiences that keep the collective memory of history vivid and fresh, even as the immediacy of tragedy fades.
Through the month of September, ebrary offers access to a collection of 15 full-text ebooks relevant to the event and its legacy. The site explains:
In anticipation of the difficult anniversary of 9/11 that lies ahead, and to help prepare libraries for the onslaught of reference questions the date may precipitate, ebrary has developed this open access collection of e-books related to the events of that day.
The free collection includes:
- Reclaiming the Sky: 9/11 and The Untold Story of the Men and Women Who Kept America Flying by Tom Murphy
- Shock of the News: Media Coverage and the Making of 9/11 by Brian Monahan
- Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11, by Damon DiMarco and Thomas Kean
- We Are All Suspects Now: Untold Stories from Immigrant America After 9/11, by Tram Nguyen.
The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum site features a Teach and Learn page. The powerful interactive timeline, includes artifacts, eyewitness accounts, videos, documents and much more. The Teaching Guides share
- Education Goals and Key Questions
- Teaching Guides
- Talking to Children about 9/11
- Webcasts: Exploring 9/11
- 9//11 Tapes: The Story in the Air
- PRI 9/11 Podcasts
- 9/11 Decade – Witness to Apocalypse. A Collective Diary (NYTimes)
- What Does September 11 Stand For and How Should We Acknowledge it? Edutopia
- Kay Vandergrift’s 9/11 and Children
- Rocco Staino’s 10 Books about 9/11 to Share with Kids & Teens
- USA Today list of 9/11 specials and live commemorations
- Discovery Rise Reconnect and Remember
- Milestone Documents for Understanding 9/11
- EdWeek Coverage
- ABC-CLIO Resources
- NJ 9/11 Curriculum
- New York Times: How do you teach about 9/11?
- Newseum 9/11 Front Pages
- Scholastic I Will: Lesson Plans to Inspire Service Learning
- United We Serve Toolkits and service opportunities by zip code
- Library of Congress American Memory Documentary Project Interviews, graphics, narratives
- NCSS Media Literacy Skills: Interpreting Tragedy (Renee Hobbs)
- USA Today Tools for Education
- Remembering 9/11 (CQ Researcher)
- Infotopia 9/11 Links
- NCSS 9/11 Commemoration Resources
- History.com 9/11 Video Timeline
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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