Lesson Plan Title : America Before and After 9/11

Age Range: Grade 6 through Grade 8 (Middle School)

Overview and Purpose: Where were you during the 9/11 attacks? What were you doing? What do you remember about that day? Students will have a chance to see how this day changed America.

Objective: The student will be able to find similarities and differences between America before the 9/11 attacks and after them.


Powerpoint presentation about the 9/11 attacks




Show your Powerpoint presentation and then ask students if there is anything else they know about the attacks that was not mentioned. Ask them to tell you what they know about how the country has changed since the attacks. List their ideas on the board. (They may need help with this section. You may need to guide them.)

When they are finished have them work with a partner and discuss what change they think has had the biggest impact on the American people and why (longer lines at airports or fear of suspicious packages). Have each group present their thoughts to the class.

For homework, have the students ask their parents what they remember about America before the attacks. Have them write a paragraph about how what their parents remember compares to what the class thought.

Wrap Up:

This may be a good time to have the students write a short note to thank their local fire, police and emergency service personnel, as well as to the men and women from their community who are serving in the military service, for ensuring our safety on a daily basis.