Reflection: Real World Applications 9-11 Tribute: "The Names" and Responding to an Iconic Photo - Section 3: Book Talk: "Thunder Dog," a 9-11 Survival Story


"Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days." --Flannery O'Connor

Students can spot a phony from a far distance, so why pretend to be something we are not? The fact is, I have lots of stories about my childhood that show students my empathy for their struggles and that show them how to connect with literature on personal levels. I ask them to trust me with their stories, with their secrets, with their lives. Shouldn't I also show them the same trust? Besides, students learn to tell good stories and to share anecdotes in their writing as teachers model storytelling for them. Our worlds are constructed in story, so I keep the "Once Upon a Time" at the center of my practice. 

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9-11 Tribute: "The Names" and Responding to an Iconic Photo

Unit 3: Because He Hears a Different Drummer:Various Approaches for Comparing Genres and Analyzing Texts
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: SWBAT use multiple media formats to compare and contrast responses to and commemorations of 9-11, including Thomas Hoepker's iconic 9-11 photograph, which was published five years after 9-11.

Big Idea: Living in a visual, image driven world requires students to have the skills to accurately interpret the rhetoric of those images.

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English / Language Arts, Billy Collins, 9, Frank Rich, "The Names", Thomas Hoepker
  70 minutes
9 11 never
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