Monday, August 29, 2011

Help Your Students Understand 9-11 By Watching It in Real-Time

This is something I have done twice since the tragic day of September 11, 2001. In the world of technology, everything gets archived and stored somewhere. Well, now, there is a site that includes dozens of new stations from around the world and their live reports before, during, and after the attack on our country that day. Our 6th graders were just barely born when this event happened! I will say that the videos are tough to watch knowing what we know now, but it is still one of the best ways to understand what our country went through during those hours and days, as you see the country react to what little information we had during that time. Even if you do not teach social studies or show this to your students, you might want to watch it as we approach the 10-year anniversary of the attack.


  1. Here is a different site where you can play TV archives all at once instead of 30 seconds at a time. I like these videos better.

    Here is the link:

  2. The ABC video is likely the best. It captures the 2nd plane hitting the World Trade Center live and the reactions and discussion tells you more than any history book ever could.