Updated Lesson: Islamist Terrorism: From 1945 to the Death of bin Laden

On May 1, 2011, President Barak Obama announced to the nation and the world that Osama bin Laden, the head of the Al Qaeda terrorism network implicated in the 9-11 attacks on the United States and scores of other terrorist acts around the world, had been killed by U.S. special forces in Pakistan.

This momentous event marks an end to one chapter in America’s continued struggle with international terrorism and is a fitting time for students across the country to reflect on the historical, contemporary, and legal issues related to the subject.

Now available from Constitutional Rights Foundation is a free, updated, and downloadable lesson titled “Islamist Terrorism: From 1945 to the Death of bin Laden.” The lesson provides a historical background of the development of Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups set in the context of bin Laden’s life and death. Also included are a directed discussion and an interactive activity in which students weigh a variety of U.S. policy options.

Also available are additional resources on the site  America Responds to Terrorism . It contains 20 lessons and extensive research links on a range of topics related to the subject and appropriate for a variety of classrooms and courses.