Why Make a Lesson for ELLs on September 11, 2001?
Well, quite honestly, for a number of reasons:
First and foremost, we are entering an era where our students were very young or not even born when the planes struck the twin towers. Although that day may remain vivid in our minds, our students will never comprehend the magnitude of that day unless they study it in a way that is both informative and tangible.
Secondly, the events of September 11, 2001 are a part of American history – and an important aspect of our culture. As ELL instructors, it is our responsibility to not only advocate for these students, but also serve as understanding and knowledgeable ambassadors of America and all it stands for. By presenting reliable information in an organized manner, we can dispel myths and work to counteract stereotypes both inside and out of our classrooms.
Finally, after doing extensive research, I realized that the lesson plans founded by the 9/11 Memorial Foundation – although rich with information and creative resources – were also quite patriotic in nature. Many ELLs come to our country with their parents, leaving behind distinct facets of their cultures, traditions, and routines. With that said, I believe it is imperative for ELL students to understand the magnitude of these events on their own terms and from their own cultural perspectives in order for the events of that day to truly resonate on an individual and personal level.