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ERIC Number: EJ940880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
A Gift to America after 9/11: A Lesson for Young Learners
Waterson, Robert A.; Haas, Mary E.
Social Education, v75 n4 p191-195 Sep 2011
The tragedy of 9/11 is perhaps the most significant event so far in the 21st century. Ten years later, the vast majority of elementary school students have no personal connection with the original events, yet all live in a world that has been and continues to be affected by 9/11. How can teachers introduce young students to the events of that tragic day? Within a year or two of 9/11, several books were written by educators to assist teachers and parents to help young children deal with the events. One of the major goals of these books was to present the 9/11 tragedy in a way that allowed children to understand what happened, but did not leave them in a state of fear. The present from the Maasai people to the American people described in a picture book offers an ideal opportunity for teaching young students about 9/11 in a manner that highlights global citizenship and compassion. (Contains 1 table, 2 endnotes, and 6 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya; United States