Teaching 9/11 and the War on Terror Beyond the Twentieth Anniversary

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From the University of Wisconsin-Madison

A Resource Guide for Teachers and Educators -

This site is designed for educators and anyone else interested in engaging with primary and secondary sources to inquire about the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania on September 11th, 2001, the events leading up to these attacks, and the events in response to these attacks… The goal of the project is to provide educators with resources and a starting point for designing inquiry into these events in ways that helps young people understand both a significant event that impacts their lives today and its ties with the US and global history.”

Teaching Guides – “This resource includes a series of pedagogical tools developed for teaching with primary sources related to 9/11 and the War on Terror as well as other recent events. These guides provide strategies and sample question sets for engaging with television news footage, oral history interviews, podcasts, and similar contemporary primary sources. These guides build from existing primary source guides developed by the Library of Congress and other groups for use in history classes.”

Primary Sources – “This collection of primary sources was developed to help teachers engage students in a variety of key topics related to 9/11 and the War on Terror. The topics were developed as a result of our research into how 9/11 and terrorism are being taught in the US…”

Research – “This Teaching with Primary Sources project was informed by two decades of research on how 9/11 has been included in curriculum and textbooks, state academic standards, and US classrooms. This research has been conducted by Jeremy Stoddard and Diana Hess, faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, along with a number of collaborators over the years.”

Additional Resources – “… a collection of resources from a variety of organizations developed to teach about terrorism and extremism, the events of 9/11 and the Global War on Terror, and related topics such as anti-Muslim racism in the US…”




University of Wisconsin-Madison Funding for this project was provided by The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Midwest Region Grant Program.