Writing and remembering: 9/11

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It’s been seven years since 9/11. Can you believe it? Ask your kids to write a short essay, journal entry, or even a list about the events of September 11, 2001. Here are a few ideas.

Writing Prompts and Exercises

  • September 11th is a Day of Remembrance. As we honor those who lost their lives on this day 2001, make a list of everything in your life that you are thankful for.
  • Did the events of that day change your thoughts about your life? In what ways, if any, did you change?
  • Write about your reaction to the September 11th attack.
  • There were many heroes during the September 11th tragedy. Write about a hero or a heroic event that made an impression on you.
  • TipLine – Gates’ Computer Tips writes, “Today’s [high school] seniors were in 6th grade when the attacks of 911 occurred. Wouldn’t it be a great writing prompt to ask, ‘How have your feelings and understandings about the attacks of 911 changed?'”

Additional 9/11 Ideas and Resources

BuddyProject.org offers suggested activities that your children can do as they research the events of September 11, 2001. Explore the various sites with your children and discuss with them the information that you find. Encourage older children to write about their findings and feelings.

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