Overview: The events of September 11 have affected all of us profoundly. This activity offers students a creative opportunity to reflect upon their own reaction to this tragedy as they craft a letter to their future grandchildren. As one student stated, "Now I have something to pass on. They may not be good memories, but they are important ones."
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- paper and pen, or computer and printer
- magazines and newspapers and/or access to Internet
Time: 1-2 hours
Instructional Sequence :
- Tell students to select an image about events including and since Sept. 11, 2001 to preserve for their grandchildren.
- Students write a one-page letter to their grandchildren in explanation of the image and why they chose to preserve this image for them. (This can be informal format--date flush right, "Dear _____" flush left. Double space all and don't forget the closing. Students may also make up a "grandparenty" name for themselves.)
- Students may download images and insert them into their letters, or they may mount the image and letter on construction paper (or two).
- Class creates a wall of memories for the next generation. Selected pieces may be mounted on a bulletin board or a wall either inside or outside the classroom.
Evaluation: Letters and accompanying images
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