ESL Lesson Plans for September 11th

English Lesson Plans for September 11thEvery September, teachers and students around the world discuss the historic events of 9/11. This devastating terrorist attack changed the world in many ways. ESL Library has two newly designed lesson plans about the September 11 terrorist attacks. In our Famous Things section, we have a lesson plan about the event itself (Podcast preview here). In our Famous People section, we have a lesson plan about the 9/11 heroes (Podcast preview here). We also have some related lesson plans in our library that you may want to try.

9/11 Heroes: Famous People – In this lesson, students are reminded about all of the efforts that were made to save lives on September 11th. Students discuss the various roles of the emergency workers and write a thank you note to a local hero.

September 11th: Famous Things – Students read about the major events that occurred on September 11th when the US was attacked. This lesson includes comprehension and discussion questions, vocabulary review, and a memory page activity.

Cancer: Health Matters – Many rescue workers later got cancer from inhaling debris and toxins from the collapsing towers. In this lesson, students learn 6 Myths about Cancer. They practice new vocabulary and pronunciation, and perform role plays with a doctor and a “hypochondriac”.

Pentagon: Famous Places – The Pentagon is the home of the United States Department of Defense. It has almost four million square feet of office space, which is more than any other office building in the world. The Pentagon was targeted on September 11th. Find out more in our Famous Places lesson plan.

George Bush: American Presidents – President George Bush was commander-in-chief on September 11th, 2001 when the US was attacked by terrorists. Like many presidents who came before hime, President Bush suddenly found himself in the position of being a wartime president. Learn about this historic figure in our American Presidents section.

Burial Alternatives: Discussion Starters – After Osama bin Laden was killed, big decisions had to be made about his burial. Students discuss burial alternatives around the world, including the historic burial of Osama bin Laden. Includes audio.


Militarized Police: Discussion Starters – 9/11 changed the way police forces operated in the US and in many other parts of the world. What happens when a police force begins to look more like the military? Includes audio.


Drones: Discussion Starters – Living under drones has become a way of life for people in many countries. What’s it like to live in countries that are always in fear of an attack? Includes audio.



September 11 – What The Teachers Remember – Add your own memories from that day.


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  1. Chaya Eitan says:

    Sep 11, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Why is there no mention of Daniel Lewin here????? Look him up. A 9/11 hero.


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