Reflection: High Expectations Remembering the Sights and Sounds of 9/11 through Poetry Day 1 - Section 2: Introduction


Surprisingly, many of my students remembered September 11th. In fact, some were in New York when it happened and could recall their parents taking them out of preschool early and being extremely upset about something. The key point here is to never assume that students have no background knowledge about a topic. It is always best to ask because quite often they surprise us. For this lesson, I gave a lot of disclaimers about the video clip. I told them that it would not be too graphic but there are images of a plane hitting one of the twin towers. I cautioned them that if they thought they would be upset, they should let me know as soon as possible. In essence, I wanted my students to feel safe while watching and responding to the video clips of 9/11 events.

My students were extremely mature during the video and during our conversations, so I was impressed with them. I can't say for sure, but I hope that part of their maturity and poise was due to my high expectations for them.

  9/11 from the perspective of 2 year olds
  High Expectations: 9/11 from the perspective of 2 year olds
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Remembering the Sights and Sounds of 9/11 through Poetry Day 1

Unit 1: The Search for Identity: Introductory Unit
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: SWBAT use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters by writing a commemorative poem about 9/11

Big Idea: Shared poetry is the result as students compose poetry about September 11 using images and sound devices

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