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Resources to help teachers explain 9/11

By Michael Sharnoff, Associate Online Editor, @Michael_eSM
September 10th, 2014

The following 9/11 resources for K-12 teachers can help explain this somber day in U.S. history

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Photo credit: National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Quiz: Which country has the largest Muslim population? 1) Saudi Arabia 2) Indonesia 3) Egypt 4) Iraq

If you guessed Indonesia, a non-Arab Asian country, you are correct!

OK, what’s with the geography lesson and why is this important?

Millions of Americans and their allies will commemorate the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000 Americans. This was the biggest terrorist attack against the U.S. since the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II.

Naturally, students have many questions and concerns: Who exactly attacked us? Why did they attack us? Will they attack us again?

While 9/11 is a day for mourning and reflection, it also can serve as a day for knowledge and tolerance.

With all of the content from blogs, pundits, and social media, finding non-hysterical, moderate, and unbiased information on 9/11 can be a daunting task.

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