Born after the terror attacks, a generation of young people wonders – What happened on 9/11? Why did it happen? What was its impact on our country and the world? Exploring these and other questions in a kid-friendly way, HBO Family’s latest documentary is an introduction to the events of 9/11. What Happened on September 11 is directed and produced by Emmy-winner Amy Schatz (HBO’s Song of Parkland, The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm and An Apology to Elephants) in collaboration with the 9/11 Tribute Museum. Read More
Resources and Curricula
Opened in 2006 by the non-profit September 11th Families' Association, the 9/11 Tribute Museum, offers visitors the ability to learn factual information from the personal perspectives of the 9/11 community about the attacks and the aftermath. The Tribute Museum educates students and visitors on the history, the unprecedented rescue and recovery operations, and the rebuilding of both Lower Manhattan and of peoples' lives.
In this companion lesson and activity, students will analyze the film, answer viewing questions, and use critical thinking to demonstrate historical knowledge of 9/11. Through an optional art and writing project, they will be able to synthesize and reflect on what they have learned by developing an essay, poem, drawing, painting, or sculpture.
Directed and produced by Emmy-winner Amy Schatz, What Happened on September 11 is an introduction to the events of September 11, 2001 for a young audience.