34. What Will You Do For Peace?: Impact of 9/11 on New York City Youth

July 30, 2009 at 5:15 pm 2 comments

what will you do for peaceRetell: Faith Ringgold introduces this collaboration of young artists and poets aged 11-19.  Each page includes responses to the tragic events of 9/11.

Topics: 9/11, peace, children, World Trade Center

Units of Study: Personal Narrative, Poetry, Personal Essay

Tribes: personal best, mutual respect

Writing Skills: collecting notebook entries

My Thoughts: This is a very moving collection of stories, poems and drawings from young children who experienced the events of 9/11 firsthand.    There are accounts of how it felt to be at school when people were going home every few minutes.  There are stories of watching the news for hours and hours.  I plan on reading this book on September 11th this year.  I think it will not only prompt a good discussion about why they day is important but it will also be a good mentor text for generating notebook entries and writing about events that will never be forgotten.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Beth Hickey  |  August 4, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Read Fourteen Cows for America. It is such a powerful book and might go nicely with this text.

  • 2. Miss Deeanna  |  August 7, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Thanks. I will check it out.


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