Though your teens don’t have their own memories of 9/11, it’s important that they learn about and reflect on that day and its long-term effects. Ask them to write a short essay, journal entry, poem, or even a list about the events of September 11, 2001. Here are a few writing prompts about 9/11 to get them started.
1. Ripple Effect
You may be too young to remember the actual events of 9/11, but you’re not immune to the ripple effect. Write about how the September 11th attack continues to affect even those who have no memory of that day.
There were many heroes during the September 11th tragedy. Write about a hero or a heroic event that you have read about or observed in a documentary. If you need ideas, try one of these.
- 7 Incredible Stories of Heroism on 9/11 Business Insider
- Police Office Moira Smith
- Rick Rescorla Saved 2,687 Lives on September 11
- The Firemen of 9/11 History Documentary (38:45)
- Heroes of the 88th Floor (1:27:29)
- The Town of Gander: Unlikely Hero of 9/11 Tom Brokaw (5:57)
- 9/11: The Man in the Red Bandanna ESPN (13:40)
3. A Different World
Much has changed in the years since 9/11. The events of that day have impacted not just America, but the world. Do you think the world is more or less vulnerable today than in 2001? How have our freedoms been impacted? Write a paragraph explaining your answer.
4. Through Their Eyes
Interview a parent, grandparent, or other adult who remembers the attack of September 11, 2001. Ask about where they were or what they were doing when the attack was first announced. How did they first react? What are their feelings about 9/11 today? Assemble their responses into an essay or poem.
5. Gratitude Is an Attitude
September 11th is a Day of Remembrance. As we honor those who lost their lives on this day in 2001, make a list of at least 10 things in your life that you are thankful for.
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