Teen writing prompts about 9/11: Writing and remembering

by | Sep 6, 2017 | Writing & Journal Prompts

Students can write a short essay or journal entry about the events of September 11, 2001. Here are a few writing prompts about 9/11 to get them started.

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.

2. Heroes

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.



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.

If you love our writing prompts, Be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays!


  1. Anket doldur

    Never forget. R.I.P. all the heroes.

  2. Kaylyn

    How he was a hero he got people out just in time and sang a song to people to keep them calmed down so this is how he is a hero in the way of the passage .
    1st I am most grateful for is to still have my family here with me to this very day
    2nd I am alive an moving
    3rd I have a roof over my head
    4th I can go to school
    5th my sister named Morgan
    6th my BFF’S Bella,Kara ,Tamara,Marie
    7th My doggy named Magic
    8th That maybe me and McKenzie and still friends if she want’s to be my friend.
    9th My amazing family

    • Kim Kautzer

      I love how you recognize how many gifts are in your life, Kaylyn. Your gratitude is refreshing. Thank you for taking time to share!

  3. Allie hart

    9/11 was a tragic day for a lot of people. The day that happened people lost their life to help others, they risk there life to serve , and to save. I want to say for the people that lost a family member that was helping to save to save others thank you and God bless. And I would like to say i’m sorry for your lost for the people who lost a family member to also say God bless them.

    • Kim Kautzer

      Thank you for your kind and heartfelt words, Allie.

  4. bedava

    never forget.

  5. Kristin Nyhus

    September 11th is a day of remembereance that has effected many people, in many days. It’s a reminder that really any day could be our last no matter how old we are, we need to be thankful for as much as possible. I’m very thankful for my family and friends, and my faith especially. I’m also very thankful for safety and our freedom that was effected greatly on that day. We need to be thankful for those who fight for our country very day. I have seen few videos and a few clips from a documentary but I’m sure I haven’t even touched the amount of horror that happened on 9/11. I do think its very important to remember those who died because they all had a purpose just like all of us have now.

    • Kim Kautzer

      Kristin, thank you so much for taking time to post your touching reflection. Beautifully said!



  1. Free Patriot Day 9/11 Activities and Printables - […] 9/11 Teen Writing Prompts – Have your teens learn about and reflect on the events of September 11, 2001…

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.