These were written for a 12th grade class but can easily be adjusted for use in other high school classes. Student assessments and expectation may vary depending upon grade level and ability. This lesson aligns with the following Common Core Standards:
Reading Standards for Informational Text
Key Ideas and Details
Standard 2: Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
- Students will be analyzing the central ideas and themes of the family members’ narratives. They will be exploring the themes of loss, redemption, resilience, generosity and selflessness as they relate to the different narratives and examine how these themes play out over the course of the narratives.
Standard 3: Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text.
- Students will be analyzing the complex idea of how a person who has suffered such tragedy can overcome that tragedy and make something positive in response. They will explore this theme throughout the several narratives and compare how different people responded to the tragedy in different ways.
Speaking and Listening Standards
Comprehension and Collaboration
Standard 3: Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
- Students will be evaluating the point of view of the family members and how they tell their stories. They will be analyzing the events that shaped the speaker’s point of view and how they use evidence rhetoric and tone to tell their story in a certain way.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Standard 5: Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
- Students will be discussing their opinions on the family members’ stories and sharing their responses to the questions with the class. They will be using digital media (i.e., the videoclips) in order to justify their answers and may also use other digital media provided in the September 11th personal stories toolkit to express their opinions.