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The members of our incoming freshman class would have been around four on September 11, 2001.  They might not remember what they were doing on that sunny Tuesday morning, a morning that changed most of us in ways I am not sure we yet understand.
In two weeks we’ll face the 10th anniversary of that event and it is likely we’ll want to commemorate and study it.
The Internet Archive pulled together a remarkable collection of media and analysis with the recent launch of its Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive,

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.

911 collection pageThis 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.)

In addition to its curated television resources, the Archive allow offers a collection of 9/11 videos.

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.

We hope that this collection provides a valuable resource to anyone seeking to learn or understand more about this tragic event, or reflect on its world impact.

The free collection includes:

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

BrainPop offers a free video that clearly and sensitively explains what happened  and defines and discusses terrorism.  The video is accompanied by suggested activities, quizzes, and an FYI section.
TeacherVision gathers a variety of articles, lesson plans for literature and history, printables, creative activities, and advice.
And, thanks again to Jerry Blumengarten, aka Cybrary Man, for his own comprehensive gathering of 9/11 resources.
And thanks again to another reliable resource gatherer, Larry Ferlazzo, who has been gathering and updating his Best Sites to Help Teach about 9/11.
Additional resources:
Other NYT Learning Network Resources:
Joyce Valenza 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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